Wenkel makes his home with his father and his mother. Running errands is his household duty. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
Playing with cars and art are Wenkel's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Wenkel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Project: DR-203, Agape Student Center
Location: Villa Consuelo, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Wenkel lives on the plains of Villa Consuelo, home to approximately 40,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, parasites, malnutrition and lice. Most adults in Villa Consuelo work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $79 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Agape Student Center to provide Wenkel with Bible teaching, health and dental checkups, hygiene education, talent shows, birthday celebrations, sports, uniforms, field trip and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide parenting school and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Wenkel.
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