Wanda lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for caring for children and running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Wanda enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Please remember Wanda in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Wanda lives in the mountainous community of Cotui, home to approximately 86,600 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, bananas, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include parasites, fevers, skin diseases and flu. Most adults in Cotui work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $66 per month. This community has electricity but needs adult literacy programs, employment opportunities and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Student Center Vid Verdadera to provide Wanda with Bible studies, Bibles, nutritious food, medical and dental checkups, field trips, special celebrations, vocational training, computer classes, uniforms and school supplies. The center staff will also provide first aid training for the parents or guardians of Wanda.
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: Northeast of Bonao