In his home, Carlos helps by running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother maintains the home. There are 6 children in the family.
Playing ball games and playing group games are Carlos's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Carlos will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Carlos lives in the coastal community of Uburbanizacion Mallen, San Pedro de Macoris, home to approximately 174,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasitic diseases, respiratory illnesses and allergies. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $165 per month. This community has electricity and telephone service but needs vocational training courses, employment opportunities and drug abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Eureka Student Center to provide Carlos with Bible classes, medical checkups, nutritious food, vitamins, sports days, music courses, special celebrations, vocational training, reading and writing classes and uniforms. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and camps for the parents or guardians of Carlos.
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: Central San Pedro de Macoris