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Josmar Alexander Rodriguez Carvajal  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: January 13, 2009
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Niños para Cristo Student Center
  • Child ID: DR1500870
    • Waiting: 199 Days for a sponsor.
Josmar makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Josmar participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars, art and playing ball games are his favorite activities.

Please remember Josmar in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Josmar lives in the island community of Madre Vieja Sur, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites and tooth decay. Most adults in Madre Vieja work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, recreation facilities and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Niños para Cristo Student Center to provide Josmar with Bible classes, health education, special celebrations, vocational training, tutoring, toothpaste and tooth brushes and music lessons. The center staff will also provide literacy training for the parents or guardians of Josmar.
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.

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Child's Location: In San Cristobal

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.