Vianely lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. Vianely works at home making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family.
Volleyball, listening to music and playing group games are Vianely's favorite activities. In high school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and camp.
Because of your sponsorship, Vianely will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vianely lives on the plains of Batey Estrella, Guaricano, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, bread, rice and plantains. Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites and dental problems. Most adults in Batey Estrella, Guaricano work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $181 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mateo 19:14 Student Center to provide Vianely with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, vitamins, recreational activities, field trips, birthday celebrations, vocational training, tutoring and educational videos. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Vianely.
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
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