Delvy lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a teacher. Delvy works at home washing clothes, making beds and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
Basketball and playing group games are Delvy's favorite activities. In high school his performance is above average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Delvy in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Delvy lives on the plains of Las Flores, home to approximately 4,000 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 maize, rice, potatoes, plantains, beans, bananas, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include flu and parasites. Most adults in Las Flores work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $125 per month. This community needs vocational training, drug abuse prevention programs and increased salaries for workers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Infantile Center Maestro de Galilea to provide Delvy with Bible teaching, medical and dental check-ups, health and hygiene education, nutritious food, drug abuse education, field trips, computer classes, tutoring, uniforms, school supplies and vocational courses. The center staff will also provide hygiene education and classes on how to help the children with their homework for the parents or guardians of Delvy.
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 San Francisco de Macoris