Missael lives with his stepfather and his mother. His stepfather is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Missael works at home washing clothes and running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Missael participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Art, bicycling and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Missael will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Missael lives on the plains of Mandinga, home to approximately 13,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, block walls and corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, flu, malnutrition and skin diseases. Most adults in Mandinga work as day laborers or in domestic service and earn the equivalent of $79 per month. This community needs schools and increased salaries.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Redil Student Center to provide Missael with Bible teaching, dental checkup, nutritious food, health education, field trips, birthday celebrations, typing classes, scholastic materials, handwork training and math courses. The center staff will also provide nutrition education for the parents or guardians of Missael.
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: East Santo Domingo