Lighthouse School

The Story

Los Alcarrizos sits outside of Santo Domingo with a population of more than 312,000 people. Many of the people in this area live in poverty stricken communities with little infrastructure and few schools. Thousands of children receive no education because of limited space in the public schools that do exist. The Lighthouse School stands as a beacon in the community. The school has more than 1,000 students enrolled in pre-school through 12th grade. There are also more than 300 students enrolled in their vocational school. The campus hosts a large water filtration center that provides clean water to area churches. The school also has programs to build sidewalks and gutters to protect neighborhood homes from flooding, as well as projects that provide housing for people in need. Their goal is to serve 350 students a day.

The Project: School Sponsors

Students are currently only asked to pay between 5 and 15 dollars a month for their tuition, based upon their family’s income. This means that the school and their sponsors are responsible for providing the remaining funds needed for each student.

Annual Costs:

Tuition for One Student 1,250

-- Cost to Student 100

-- Remaining Cost to School 1,150

Quick Facts

Project Director

Cristian Santiago

Children enrolled

1,040 Students pre-school through 12th grade


Los Alcarizzos, outside of Santo Domingo

Campus Details

Water Purification Headquarters | Vocational School | Early, Primary, and Secondary Education |

Extra Activities

Besides schooling, the children learn music, soccer, art, embroidery, and sewing. Some of the beautiful items that they create are sold and the money is put toward their future college expenses.