Sandita lives with her father. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer. Sandita works at home washing clothes, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sandita participates in church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Swimming and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Please remember Sandita in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Sandita lives on the plains of Bellas Colinas, San Miguel or Manoguayabo, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs.
The regional diet consists of chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include anemia, flu, dengue fever, diarrhea, skin diseases and parasites. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. These communities need schools, employment opportunities, potable water and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Palabra de Vida to provide Sandita with Bible teaching, health education, dental care, educational field trips, vocational training and computer and English classes. In addition, literacy is available for the non-schooled children.
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