Pedro Martinez building hope in the Dominican ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff Ex-Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez delights in spreading good work in his native Dominican Republic with his charitable arm, the Pedro Martinez and Brothers Foundation. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff The foundation helps impoverished youths near where he grew up, where the unemployment rate can be as high as 70 percent. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff Martinez's wife, Carolina, helps him run the foundation and is beloved by the children it benefits. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff While Martinez is wildly popular in the Dominican Republic, he insists his wife is even more popular. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff Martinez, shown removing sawdust from the hair of Diosmery Rosario Arias, has built 30-40 homes in his hometown through his foundation. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff The facility that houses the Pedro Martinez and Brothers Foundation has a day-care, an after-school facility, a playground, kitchens, computers, a basketball court, and someday, he hopes, a vocational school. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff Martinez wants to build a mini-Fenway Park on the grounds of the foundation. Stan Grossfeld/Globe staff While many see poverty in the Dominican Republic, Martinez sees potential. He wants to help the local children find opportunities, just as he did.