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Audry Elizabeth Alcantara  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: August 21, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Juan Wesley Student Center
  • Child ID: DR3650558
Audry makes her home with her grandfather and her mother. Gardening, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her grandfather is employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

For fun, Audry enjoys volleyball, listening to music and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.

Please remember Audry in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Audry lives on the plains of San Juan, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bread, plantains and rice. A common health problem in this area is the flu. Most adults in San Juan work in factories and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities, food and recreation facilities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Juan Wesley Student Center to provide Audry with Bible studies, health and hygiene education, medical checkups, birthday celebrations, field trips, music courses, a library and reading and writing classes. The center staff will also provide reading and writing classes and vocational courses for the parents or guardians of Audry.
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: Center of San Juan

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