Loredily lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Loredily is not presently attending school. Playing house, playing with dolls and reading are her favorite activities. She also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Because of your sponsorship, Loredily will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Loredily lives on the plains of Los Alcarrizos, home to approximately 300,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Los Alcarrizos work as day laborers or in domestic services and earn the equivalent of $200 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, law enforcement and vocational schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of DR-402 Student Center to provide Loredily with Bible teaching, medicine, nutritious meals, medical and dental checkups, health education, recreational activities, opportunities for community service, vocational training, uniforms, tutoring and literacy training.
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: Northwest of Santo Domingo