In his home, Arnold helps by washing clothes and running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Arnold participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Basketball and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Arnold to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Arnold lives in the plains of Batey Experimental, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick or cement block walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, intestinal parasites and fungus. Most adults in Batey Experimental work as factory workers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and educational motivation.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Oasis Student Center to provide Arnold with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, school supplies, uniforms, shoes and educational classes. The center staff will also provide vocational training for the parents or guardians of Arnold.
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: North of San Pedro de Macoris