Every Day Hope is committed to affecting change in three major areas which we believe will impact not only the individual's quality of life but also that of the community: providing clean water for daily living, micro enterprise opportunities through the Livestock for Life program and empowerment through community education.
There is an intrinsic value in each person which must be honored. People are more important than programs.
Our organization's words and actions must match. Operating in integrity is good stewardship.
Community represents what people can do together when unified in purpose. Within the community there are individuals represented with thoughts, beliefs and traditions of their own. Every Day Hope strives to facilitate communities to become strong and viable.
At the core of Every Day Hope's developments, we weave the thread of furthering education. Education empowers the individual, propels advancement, and transforms generations.
Every Day Hope stimulates communities to engage in self-activities, leading to increased self reliance. We aim to create sustainability, not dependability.
Every Day Hope plans and strategizes with purpose and vision for the future. Each step is part of a bigger plan.
Actions done with excellence develop confidence and hope. Hope creates an atmosphere for community empowerment.
The Dominican Republic has been long known for sugar, coffee and tobacco production, but currently the economy is now dominated by services. The country's current economic progress is exemplified by growth in its telecommunication system, and transportation infrastructure, tourism and free trade zones. Nevertheless, unemployment, government corruption, and inconsistent electric service remain major Dominican problems. The country also has "marked income inequality." Every Day Hope works to build sustainable communities, raise the standard of living for families and bring hope to the people of the DR though safe water, livestock, and community education.
The Dominican Republic is a nation on the island of Hispaniola, part of the Greater Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti. The Dominican Republic is the second largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba), with 48,445 square kilometers (18,705 sq mi) and third largest by population with an estimated 10 million people, three million of which live in the capital city, Santo Domingo.
The Dominican Republic is the most visited destination in the Caribbean. As one of the region's most geographically diverse countries, the Dominican Republic boasts the Caribbean's highest mountain peak, Pico Duarte, as well as the Caribbean's largest lake and lowest elevation, Lake Enriquillo. The island has an average temperature of 26°C (78.8°F) and great biological diversity. The country is also home to the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo's Colonial Zone, an area declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Music and sport are of great importance in the Dominican culture, with Merengue and Bachata as the national dance and music, and baseball as the favorite sport.
Every Day Hope, Co-Founder
James has over 20 years of managerial experience in the grocery industry and 16 years of ministry experience. In 2004, James and his family moved to the Dominican Republic to reside on a full-time basis where he was in charge of several community programs for a non-profit organization. In 2006 James and Renee founded their own organization called Every Day Ministries which coordinates visiting teams to help facilitate cross-cultural understanding, strengthens the local churches and provides leadership training. In 2009, James and Renee launched Every Day Hope, a nonprofit that exists to build sustainable communities in order to raise the standard of living and bring hope to the people of developing nations.
Every Day Hope, Co-Founder
Renee Larson is a college graduate, Summa Cum Laude, with a major in biology and minor in chemistry. Following graduation, Renee's career includes pharmaceutical representative and quality control overseer at a major paper manufacturer. Renee also home-educated their two sons from Kindergarten through High School. Moving to the Dominican Republic in 2004, Renee worked with an organization where she helped oversee a village's community projects as well as learned Spanish in the field. In 2006, Renee and James founded Every Day Ministries in a geographically untouched area which now consists of a network of over 1000 community leaders throughout the provinces on both the north and south coast. In 2009 Renee and James founded the non-profit organization, Every Day Hope, in answer to the growing practical needs they saw around them.