Recycle with clean points

Project name:

Recycle with a Clean Point

Project location: 

Dominican Republic 

Sub-focus area: 

Recycling

In 2012, AES Dominicana developed the “Recycle with Clean Points” environmental program by their local power plants. The program seeks to increase awareness about the importance of recycling plastic and paper by promoting a culture centered on the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) and help people become agents of environmental change.

Impact

32 education centers with a total population of 33,105 plus 135,000 indirect family beneficiaries

Partners:

AES Dominicana Foundation in collaboration with the department of social management and environmental management, Haina Pro Development Board (PADESHA), the Haina City Council, the Haina Educational District, Importadora M & F and the Center for Agroforestry Development (CEDAF)

The project not only deals with recycling but also covers the final destination of waste. Initially it started in the communities of Bajos de Haina and Boca Chica with the Haina Recicla educational contest, where 32 educational centers participated and received training on the 3Rs. Given the program’s success, it was replicated in the community of Los Mina as part of the social projects of the construction of the combined cycle with excellent results. The resources generated by recycling are used by the communities in community actions. Facilitators of the program include volunteer employees of AES Dominicano, who took the training on the 3R’s (reduce, reuse and recycle) to the educational centers, leaving the environmental delegates of the program conformed.

Strengthening innovative entrepreneurship in the Dominican Republic

Project name:

Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship

Project location: 

Dominican Republic

Sub-focus area: 

Capacity Building 

The AES Dominicana Foundation and The Trust for the Americas, an affiliate of the Organization of American States (OAS), have partnered for the “Strengthening Innovative Entrepreneurship” program to promote and incentivize local entrepreneurship in the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, Quisqueya, Bancos de Arena and la Malena in the Dominican Republic.

More than 150 entrepreneurs spent two months training and studying the Canvas Business Model and acquired tools to strengthen their business concepts. The project includes an entrepreneurial fair where participants compete for funds by presenting their business plan for the development or expansion of their business. The plans are evaluated by a panel of judges on various criteria, including financial viability, sustainability, creativity, innovation, and coherence of their business model.

By increasing entrepreneurial skills within the people of the region, the project will contribute to the socio-economic and sustainable development of the local communities.

Impact:

200+ participants 

Partners:

The Trust for the Americas, Fundacion AES Dominicana, local chambers of commerce, and the municipalities of Boca Chica, Guayacanes, and Quisqueya

Dominican Association of Rehabilitation Association

Project name:

Dominican Association of Rehabilitation Association

Project location: 

Dominican Republic 

Sub-focus area: 

Health 

As of the 2010 census, there were more than one million people suffering some kind of physical disability in the Dominican Republic. On May 22nd 2018, a partnership between the AES Dominicana Foundation and the Dominican Rehabilitation Association was launched to support people with physical disabilities and offer physical, occupational, language therapy, pedagogy and other services.  

A national tender called for NGOs that could manage the center responsibly and with a proven track record in the Dominican Republic. In the case of the center, 15 new positions have been created for the residents of Los Mina over the course of the first year of operations, and part of the quota has been reserved for handicapped individuals. This is AES Dominicana Foundation’s first social project, creating an alliance that generates jobs for nearby community members and free assistance for our people.

Impact

11,168 services have been performed since inauguration 

Partners:

The AES Dominicana Foundation and the Dominican Rehabilitation Association