In her home, Camila helps by running errands. She lives with her mother. Her mother is employed as a laborer.
For fun, Camila enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Camila in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Camila lives on the plains of San Jose de los Llanos, home to approximately 26,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava root, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, dengue and malaria. Most adults in San Jose de los Llanos work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community needs potable water, electricity, employment opportunities, nutritious food and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Getsemaní Student Center to provide Camila with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, medicine, nutritious food, recreational activities, educational materials, computer and English classes, drama club and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and literacy for the parents or guardians of Camila.
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: Northwest of San Pedro de Macoris