Ya lives with his father and his stepmother. He is responsible for running errands. His father is employed as a seller in the market and his stepmother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ya participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with marbles, playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Ya will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Ya lives on the plains of Sabana Perdida, home to approximately 39,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, bananas and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Sabana Perdida are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs law enforcement, schools, qualified teachers, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Educando al Niño Student Center to provide Ya with Bible teaching, medical checkups, first aid education, field trips, birthday parties, school materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Ya.
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: In Santo Domingo