Gregory lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a teacher. Gregory works at home caring for children, caring for animals and running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Gregory enjoys soccer, basketball and telling stories. He attends church activities, Bible class and choir regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Gregory to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Gregory lives on the plains of Batey Magdalena, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have block walls. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, banana, chicken, fish, plantains, cassava and rice. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, fevers and malnutrition. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community needs electricity, improved sanitation, vocational courses and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Amor Viviente Student Center to provide Gregory with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations, vocational training, scholastic materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide evangelism, vocational training and literacy programs for the parents or guardians of Gregory.
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: Northeast of La Romana