Frailys lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include making beds and cleaning. His father is not employed and his mother is employed as a teacher. There are 4 children in the family.
For fun, Frailys enjoys listening to music and playing group games. He attends Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Please remember Frailys in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Frailys lives in the mountainous community of La Pared Haina, home to approximately 119,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, beef, bread, plantains, cassava, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, fever, parasites, stomach problems and diarrhea. Most adults in La Pared Haina are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $140 per month. This community needs recreational facilities, employment opportunities and educational resources.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jezreel Student Center to provide Frailys with Bible teaching, nutritious food, birthday celebrations, Christmas parties, school uniforms and computer and internet classes.. The center staff will also provide workshops for the parents or guardians of Frailys.
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: Northeast of San Cristobal