Holt’s House of Hope is located in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic. Boca Chica is located 25 miles east of the capital city of Santo Domingo and 15 minutes from Las Americas International Airport. During the day, Boca Chica is known for its white beaches and shallow, crystal clear waters. At night, the town transforms into a party atmosphere with bars, street parties, and prostitution. It’s the closest beach to Santo Domingo, so many weekends and holidays bring people in by the thousands. Sadly, Boca Chica’s best known “amenity” is the prostitution. Visitors from Canada and Europe come to the town for very cheap hotels and prostitutes.
Our goal is to prevent the boys of Boca Chica from becoming involved in the evils that this city has and to become Godly leaders in the community. We provide educational opportunities with school enrollment, assistance with their studies, and English training. We also teach character education classes with topics such as integrity, honesty, and compassion. Most importantly, we offer Bible studies and one-on-one discipleship with the boys to encourage them in their walk with the Lord.
Education is an undervalued area of life in the Dominican Republic, especially in rural areas and smaller cities such as Boca Chica. We provide educational and vocational training to help the boys have a better chance at a career in the future. We teach supplemental lessons in grammar, math and reading. In the future, we hope to partner with local businesses to provide internship opportunities for our youth to further develop their skills and trades.