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Yaili Yanel Mateo De Jesus  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: January 3, 1997
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: DR-305 Student Center
  • Child ID: DR3050759
Yaili makes her home with her mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Yaili participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Listening to music and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Yaili will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Yaili lives on the plains of Haina, home to approximately 116,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, beef, plantains, potatoes and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu and parasites. Half the adults are unemployed but some work in factories and earn the equivalent of $40 per month. This community needs electricity and proper sanitation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of DR-305 Student Center to provide Yaili with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, sports competitions, birthday celebrations, vocational training, educational classes and school materials. The center staff will also provide tutoring for the parents or guardians of Yaili.
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.

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Child's Location: In San Cristobal

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.