Rossi lives with her mother. At home, duties include running errands. Her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rossi participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing house and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Please remember Rossi in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Rossi lives on the plains of Buena Vista, home to approximately 169,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt or cement floors, wood walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include stomach diseases and dental cavities. Most adults in Buena Vista work in domestic services, on plantations, as subsistence farmers or market traders and earn the equivalent of $46 per month. This community needs vocational training centers, employment opportunities, improved housing and water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Integral Pan de Vida to provide Rossi with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, supplemental food, field trips, sports activities, tutoring, school supplies, text books and art and music classes. The center staff will also provide meetings, health and hygiene workshops and home visits for the parents or guardians of Rossi.
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 San Juan de la Maguana