The Good Samaritan is YOU!
We are a volunteer-run organization that is made up of individuals all across the Americas. We are the sum of the good will offered by our Global Samaritans around the world, who visit us and forever change The Good Samaritan Inc., and themselves, for the better.
The Good Samaritan, Inc. operate as an authentic Dominican grassroots organization.
International volunteers support Dominican-led social change in the community of Esperanza.
The sounds of motorcycles and bachata music hum above the screeches and giggles of barefoot pre-teens who roam free amongst a maze of dirt roads and poorly paved avenues. Caramel colored little girls with tight braids hold happily to their young mothers while men with white hair and deep wrinkles lay back pensively in plastic lawn chairs. Missionaries and evangelists pass out fliers and sing praises as neighbors set out to sweep the gutters in front of their homes. As motorcycles rumble through town, a fast-paced sense of not-much-at-all sets in while men cheerfully find ways to feed their families for just one more day before going to watch the baseball game. This is the city of hope; Esperanza. Where jobs are scarce, food is expensive, and smiles serve as a common currency.
In 1978, one American citizen of Dominican descent did the unthinkable by Dominican standards. He chose to come to Esperanza and address the growing problem of family disintegration and abandoned youth. He is Reverend Manuel de Jesus Rodriguez, known by all as Papa Negro. The Good Samaritan, Inc. soon became a center for service projects led by groups of international students who wanted to help the plight of the 40+ children it housed. Since 1978, the organization received over 2,000 visitors.
Founder “Papa Negro” stands proudly on the right side, smiling with his beloved children and volunteers. Future President Batista is right next to him, on the left, posing with his hand on his hip. Picture taken circa 1985.
In 1980, a six-year-old boy was abandoned at the steps of The Good Samaritan, Inc. His name was Henry Batista. Henry waited for many years for his mother to return. She never did. Henry’s heartache turned to triumph as he dedicated his life to serving the city of hope.
President Batista, age 6
Today, Henry Batista serves as the President of The Good Samaritan, Inc.
President Batista sits happily, working hard in our administrative office to keep things in order.
Two other abandoned youth, who became men of integrity while growing up at The Good Samaritan, Inc, now serve as staff and specialize in the logistical support our international volunteers. They are courageous, kind defenders of what it means to truly be a Good Samaritan.
Wearing a shirt that bears his nick-name, Neury, “Macoris” Genao- Board Member and support staff- skillfully repairs a room for future volunteers to live in.
Indeed, one of our English language teachers attended The Good Samaritan, Inc as a child, before there were any public schools in the city. She has fond memories of playing in the grass outside of the classroom where she now teaches other children like herself.
Professor Saony Rondon works carfeully, grading the papers of her endearing students.
When the government finally built a school- 11 years after The Good Samaritan, Inc. has been giving free classes to the community- it was named “The Good Samaritan Elementary School” in our honor.
TThe public school flag reminds the community that the humble beginnings of primary school education in Esperanza began with our organization, The Good Samaritan, Inc.
Our leadership is the legacy of our continued success.
Our programs work because we are run by
those who, at one time, needed us most.
In 2011, President Batista decided it was time for the organization to serve the entire community of Esperanza in a different way. Teamed up with a former volunteer, Ileana Abreu, who visited The Good Samaritan in 2005- and in 2011 joyfully became his wife- Henry and Ileana have overseen the development of an inter-American organization that brings together students from the developed world to serve in partnership with community leaders in Esperanza to address local social issues, while providing academic and language courses to over 200 children and adults.
Our Pepperdine University group showing the kids what good sportsmanship and kindness is all about.
The objective of The Good Samaritan, Inc. is to offer an international service-learning experience that provides a loving platform for all people to make meaningful change in the city of hope.
International Volunteer, Erica Yancey, giving our girls group some heartfelt advice about life, love, and learning.
Our story continues, with wondrous possibilities for growth and social impact in one of
the most undereducated countries in Latin America.
Join our growing Good Samaritan family…
Pictured above are husband and wife team, Henry and Ileana, in their natural element- educating children and volunteers. Ileana is 6 months pregnant in this photo. The Good Samaritan family is growing… quite literally!
We welcome you to inquire about how you can help.
US phone (786) 484-2578
DR phone (829) 230-2106
As for our story…. “the rest is still unwritten…“
The only paid staff at The Good Samaritan, Inc. are the teachers.
Administrators participate as a labor of love.
Board President Henry Batista is a Dominican public school teacher who was raised through the programs offered at The Good Samaritan. He arrived at The Good Samaritan at the age of 6 and has dedicated his life to helping youth like himself find pathways to success. Mr. Batista has over 20 years of experience working with international student groups and serves as a local leader for USAID programs. He serves as the Executive Director.
International Operations Director Ileana Abreu holds a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and has 10 years of experience working in international education. She has testified before US Congress regarding higher education programs and has consulted with the US Under Secretary of Public Diplomacy at the State Department regarding international development in Latin America. She is now pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Pepperdine University. She directs local classroom planning and international service-learning programs.
Founder Reverend Manuel de Jesus Rodriguez, known by all as “Papa Negro,” is representative of a larger phenomena that has seen a constant stream of Christian missionaries serving all around the Dominican Republic from the 1970’s until the present. In 1978, he received a parcel of land from a local benefactor and founded a home for boys, La Casa Hogar de Niños Huerfanos El Buen Samaritano, known today as El Buen Samaritano Inc (The Good Samaritan Inc). Because of his tirelss efforts and vision for change, the organization soon became a center for service projects led by international international service-learning groups who wanted to help the plight of the 40+ children it housed. Since 1978, the organization received over 2,000 visitors- all thanks to the hard work of “Papa Negro.”
It is policy at The Good Samaritan, Inc. to only compensate Dominican professionals,
as a means to honor our ideal for local community development.
Our English Language Professor Estel Ramirez
Our English Language Professor Saony Rondon
Teachers and friends.
Our Long-Term Volunteer
Our loyal friend and colleague, Jean-Pierre Valteau