The Brugal Foundation is dedicated to supporting education to improve the lives of Dominicans and the development of the Dominican Republic.
The Brugal Foundation was established in 1988 to support development and reduce poverty in its home country.
The Foundation's chief focus is on promoting quality education in the Dominican Republic and the Brugal Educational Fund invests in scholarships for talented students who face financial hardship.
The Brugal Educational Fund
Students are selected on the basis of their academic excellence, a proven commitment to their community and a desire to pursue a career that is a priority for the development of the Dominican Republic.
The Fund recognises that the barriers to a university education go beyond tuition costs, and so its scholarships also assist with travel expenses, books and materials.
In 2012, 69 students qualified for professions that will help to build the nation, including industrial engineering, chemistry, telematics, electronics and communication systems.
Over the past year, sponsorships totalling US$150,000 were awarded. This brings the value of scholarships granted since the Fund was created in 2006 to US$1.8 million, which has funded 278 young Dominican students so far.
The George Arzeno Brugal Fe y Alegría Education Centre
More than 400 children aged 5 to 12 continued their education at The George Arzeno Fe y Alegría Education Centre in the village of San Marcos last year. The Centre was built by the Brugal Foundation in 2009 and the Foundation continues as its sponsor, working with the Ministry of Education and Fe y Alegría, a local Catholic institution.
The teaching ranges are from pre-primary grade to 6th Grade. Unlike the traditional education model of the Dominican Republic, the Centre works extended hours, benefitting both the children and working parents.
Extracurricular courses include theatre, music, IT and English.