After twenty-five years of success developing a network of schools, orphanages and student residences across Honduras, the stage was set for international expansion of APUFRAM at the turn of the millennium.
In 2000, an APUFRAM team conducted an exploratory visit to the Dominican Republic where they discovered a nation of sharp contrasts. They found that exotic tourist attractions on the north coast and the historical sites and colonial streetscapes of the capital of Santo Domingo masked the extreme poverty in the rural areas.
Recognizing the same lack of opportunity they had endured many years before, these APUFRAM leaders quickly launched a plan for student residences near available public schools to make education accessible for the needy.
Later, in 2001, a talented American couple working with APUFRAM established two projects: one, near the town of Estabania on the rural south coast, and the other, a university residence in Santo Domingo. Today, APUFRAM provides room, board and educational support to needy students enrolled in the national university.