In his home, Wanderson helps by carrying water and running errands. He lives with his mother. His mother is employed as a seller in the market.
For fun, Wanderson enjoys basketball, swimming and baseball. He attends Bible class, Vacation Bible School and camp regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Wanderson will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Wanderson lives on the plains San Francisco de Macoris, home to approximately 16,000 people. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of corn, beans, rice, chicken, bread, potatoes and plantains. Common health problems in this area include flu, parasites, skin problems, diarrhea and conjunctivitis. Most adults in San Francisco de Macoris work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community needs improved medical services, employment opportunities and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of DR-404 Student Center to provide Wanderson with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, medicine, nutritious food, birthday celebrations, field trips, sports competitions, school supplies and vocational training. The center staff will also provide first aid education and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Wanderson.
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 Francisco de Macoris