In her home, Geal helps by carrying water, making beds and running errands. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Geal enjoys playing with dolls, listening to music and reading. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Geal in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Geal lives on the plains of El Caliche Cristo Rey, home to approximately 71,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The primary ethnic groups are Haitian and Dominican and the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Creole.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites and flu. Most adults in El Caliche Cristo Rey are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs law enforcement, schools, qualified teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Niños y Niñas para Cristo Integral Development Center to provide Geal with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, health education, recreational activities, field trips, special celebrations, computer and English classes, educational materials and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide parents school and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Geal.
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