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Winner Ivan Ramirez Encarnacion  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: November 25, 2007
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Infantil Development Center DR-349
  • Child ID: DR3490945
    • Waiting: 272 Days for a sponsor.
In his home, Winner helps by carrying water, making beds and helping in the kitchen. He lives with his mother. His mother maintains the home.

Playing with cars, bicycling and listening to music are Winner's favorite activities. In kindergarten his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Winner especially needs your love and care because he is receiving regular medical treatment. Because of your sponsorship, however, he is better able to lead a well-adjusted life. Please pray for him.
Winner lives on the plains of Vietnam, home to approximately 100,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have cement floors. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, plantains, flour and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Vietnam work in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $132 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, more schools, child abuse prevention programs and vocational training.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Infantil Development Center to provide Winner with Bible teaching, nutritious food, toothpaste and tooth brush, medical checkups, field trips, school clothes, computer classes and handwork training. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Winner.

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: East Santo Domingo

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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
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  • 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.

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