Rensy lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Rensy works at home running errands and cleaning. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Rensy enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Rensy because she is visually impaired and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love she needs.
Rensy lives in the hillside community of Loma de Cabrera, home to approximately 22,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites, dental cavities and malnutrition. Most adults in Loma de Cabrera work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $93 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs improved sanitation, paved streets, employment opportunities, educational materials and vocational courses.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Simón Bolivar School to provide Rensy with Bible teaching, nutritious food, vaccinations, health and hygiene education, sports competitions, birthday celebrations, vocational courses, uniforms, tutoring and educational materials. The center staff will also provide reading and writing classes for the parents or guardians of Rensy.
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: Southeast of Dajabón