Lilibeth lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with dolls, playing ball games and playing group games are Lilibeth's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Lilibeth will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Lilibeth lives on the plains of Las Palmas de Herrera, home to approximately 32,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The population is comprised of Mulatos and the most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, parasites, dental decay, flu and anemia. Most adults in Las Palmas de Herrera are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, employment opportunities and affordable education.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Heroes de la Fé to provide Lilibeth with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health and hygiene education, school supplies, reading and writing classes, vocational training and educational videos. Seventy percent of the children in this project do not attend school due to abject poverty. The center staff will provide meetings for the parents or guardians of Lilibeth.
The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. It has a tropical climate, but moist, year-round trade winds keep temperatures between 72 and 83 degrees.
Nearly three out of four Dominicans have both black and Caucasian ancestry. Spanish is the official language, and 95 percent of Dominicans are Catholic. Nearly 90 percent of Dominicans live in rural areas where unemployment is high and malnutrition is widespread. A family's diet consists mainly of rice, beans and chicken. Though agriculture was long the economic mainstay, in recent years growth in tourism and free-trade zones has made the service sector the country's largest employer. Compassion works with children in nearly every region of the country.
The Taíno people were the country's original inhabitants. In 1492, they welcomed Christopher Columbus in his first voyage to the island, but subsequent colonizers were brutal, reducing the Taíno population from about 1 million to about 500 in 50 years. Hispaniola became the center of Spanish rule in the West Indies. The indigenous people were wiped out and slaves were brought from Africa to populate the island. The descendants of those slaves form most of the population today. For three centuries, Spain governed Hispaniola, followed by France. In 1804, the western part of the island won independence as the Republic of Haiti. In 1844, the eastern two-thirds of the island revolted and formed the Dominican Republic. In 2004, Leonel Antonio Fernández Reyna was elected to his second term as president.
Map of Dominican Republic
Child's Location: In Santo Domingo