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About Us


Our story starts with a vacation

Niños de Las Galeras is a non-profit organization established in 2013, in the Dominican Republic.

The action of the Foundation is mainly focused on minors living in the area of Las Galeras and in the peninsula of Samana. Here many young people suffer from malnutrition, diseases, lack of education and difficult social situations. We are working specifically to make positive changes in three areas: health through the launch of a medical clinic and related services, housing by providing aid to women helping them build their own cement homes, and education from kindergarten to adult learning.

Niños de Las Galeras is small, however operating in such a neglected area its impact is invaluable. The Foundation is an independent, secular, non-political organization, without discrimination of race, creed, gender, caste or political orientation. It is recognized internationally by the signatory agreements with Unicef and Unesco.

The Founders

Kirsten Tomassi and Axel Ball have been exploring the amazingly beautiful Dominican Republic for over a decade and have spent much time the last several years in the north, on the peninsula of Samana, in the little village of Las Galeras.

Here they have met Yamiris, who runs the bilingual education center Las Ballenitas and Stefano Giuliani Grisolia, who is acting  president of the Foundation Niños de Las Galeras…..

President of the foundation

Stefano and his wife, Ivelisse, are putting their heart into the Foundation. He has been living in the Dominican Republic since many years and has been working for the non-profit organization for over a decade………

Director of our bilingual school

Yamires is from Las Galeras, in the Dominican Republic and has been the director of our bilingual school “Las Ballenitas” since the beginning. She is the heart and soul of our educational program and very involved in collecting funds to ever better the service our little school can offer. Together with her lovely team of local educators and volunteers from around the globe, she makes our dream of bettering the lives of the children of Las Galeras possible ………..

Come work with us

If you would like to work for an organisation making a real impact, contact us. The children need you!

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