Vanessa lives with her mother. She is responsible for making beds, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Jumping rope, playing ball games and playing group games are Vanessa's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends Bible class and youth group.
Because of your sponsorship, Vanessa will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vanessa lives on the plains of San Pedro de Macorís, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, fevers and parasites. Most adults in San Pedro de Macorís work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $163 per month. This community needs paved streets, garbage collection, recreation facilities, schools and vocational training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Para Vivir Student Center to provide Vanessa with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, nutritious food, health education, sports competitions, special celebrations, a library, uniforms, reading and writing classes and handiwork training. The project staff will also provide parents club and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Vanessa.
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 San Pedro de Macorís