We took the bus further into town and first stopped at a local daycare for low-income families. The cost of the daycare is very low, 100 Pesos/Week. This daycare takes in children from 45 days to 5 years. It is staffed by qualified women. When we arrived it was nice to see several bags of our donations going into the daycare.
Before touring the daycare though we had one stop to make, all of our bags and cameras were locked into an office and we hit the streets. We went to an area called the Zona Franca, this is where many of the sweat shops are located in the D.R. Here many Dominicans work hard, sewing clothing for 8 hours a day with only a 15 minute break. These people make about 1200 Pesos a week. The sweatshop was a bit of a shock, it was hot it was noisy and they were working fast! The walk through was very quick and we had been told to leave our cameras behind at the daycare because photos weren't allowed.
Our guide Pedro introducing us to one of the daycare employees
The older children receiving lessons from a teacher
We met up again and went further into the city. We visited the local market, the park, the cathedral and the saw cigars made by hand. We also stopped for ice cream on the ocean front before heading home
Walking through the local market
Food on sale
The Cathedral in San Pedro de Macoris
Cigars being made by hand