Luissanny lives with her stepfather and her mother. She is responsible for making beds and running errands. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
Bicycling, listening to music and baseball are Luissanny's favorite activities. In middle school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Luissanny will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Luissanny lives in the mountainous community of Blanco Arriba, home to approximately 4,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of dirt floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, beef, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, eye problems and skin diseases. Most adults in Blanco Arriba work as day laborers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $59 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs proper sanitation, classrooms and economic resources.
Your sponsorship allows the staff at Nueva Renacer Student Center to provide Luissanny with Bible teaching, medical checkups, hygiene instruction, vaccinations, nutrition education, recreational activities, painting classes and school uniforms. The center staff will also provide vocational training for the parents or guardians of Luissanny.
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 Francisco de Macoris