Jorge lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include caring for animals, making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His father is employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jorge participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. He is also in high school where his performance is below average. Playing ball games is his favorite activity.
Please remember Jorge in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jorge lives on the plains of Neyba, home to approximately 50,000 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 beans, chicken, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, flu, diarrhea and vomiting. Most adults in Neyba work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community has electricity but needs proper sanitation, alcohol abuse prevention programs and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Camino de Salvacion Student Center to provide Jorge with Bible classes, medicine, medical and dental checkups, nutritious meals, sports competitions, birthday celebrations, field trips and vocational training. The center staff will also provide visits to the homes of the parents or guardians of Jorge.
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: Center of Neyba