About Pueblo Nuevo
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Pueblo Nuevo, also called Escobaso, is a village of about 200 people located on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is about 5 miles outside of Luperon, a known boating town. The community is filled with loving families, a rich history, and energetic change makers. However, it is still considered one of the most disadvantaged communities in the region by its neighbors, due to poverty levels, lack of employment opportunity.
The community was founded just over 60 years ago, when land owners sent a few workers to live and work on the land that they tended. Over time, those workers raised their families on the land, creating the village of Pueblo Nuevo. Now, many of the residents of Pueblo Nuevo still are related to one of those founding members. Jactino, pictured to the left, is a beloved and respected member of the community, and is the only founding member who still resides there today.
Today, it is a young community; there are 70 children under the age of eighteen, and 110 individuals that are 30 years or below. People of all ages, young and old, have a strong sense of roots in the community. Many have lived there for their entire lives - and they play on the same streets and paths that their parents did when they were children.
There is a small public school located in the center of town, with about 30 elementary school children enrolled. The middle school and high school are located in Luperon, 5 miles away. There is a bus that will pick up the children on the main road, but Pueblo Nuevo students often find themselves walking the first 2 - 3 miles to get to the bus stop. There are 4 young adults are currently attending college, located in Puerto Plata. They commute an hour each way on public transportation.
Pueblo Nuevo also has three small local stores (called “colmados”) and a catholic and evangelical church in the center of town. As a result of it’s agricultural history, there are still many fields filled with crops and livestock. While the main method of transportation is a motorcycle, there are still residents that use horses and donkeys as their transportation.