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Karen Antonio Valdez  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: October 11, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Nueva Vida Student Center
  • Child ID: DR4610750
    • Waiting: 205 Days for a sponsor.
Karen makes her home with her father and her mother. Making beds is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Karen is not presently attending school. Playing with dolls is her favorite activity. She also attends church activities regularly.

Your love and support will help Karen to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Karen lives in the community of Higueral, home to approximately 8,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and grass walls. The primary language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, conjunctivitis (pink eye) and other eye problems, diarrhea and skin diseases. Most adults in Higueral work in factories and earn the equivalent of $114 per month. This community needs potable water and vocational schools.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Nueva Vida Student Center to provide Karen with Bible teaching, nutritious meals, medical and dental checkups, recreational activities, literacy training and counseling. The center staff will also provide vocational training for the parents or guardians of Karen.
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.

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Child's Location: Northwest of La Romana

A credit card is required to sponsor this child because this child has been waiting 205 days for a sponsor. Please make a difference in the life of this child who has been anxiously waiting for a sponsor

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