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Pamela Encarnacion Martinez  

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  • Age: 16
  • Birthday: March 9, 1999
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Student Center Las Ovejitas del Rey
  • Child ID: DR3521056
Pamela lives with her grandfather and her mother. Her duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Pamela participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Please remember Pamela in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Pamela lives on the plains of Vallejuelo, home to approximately 23,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and tile roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, fevers and parasites. Half of the adults in Vallejuelo are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $105 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, recreation facilities and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Student Center Las Ovejitas del Rey to provide Pamela with Bible teaching, health and nutrition education, nutritious food, educative videos, tutoring, English courses, typing classes, educational materials, uniforms and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Pamela.
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: Southwest of San Juan

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