Elizabeth lives with her mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. Her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Elizabeth enjoys rolling a hoop, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is below average.
Your love and support will help Elizabeth to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Elizabeth lives on the plains of Bayona, home to approximately 18,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, rice, potatoes and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea and anemia. Most adults in Bayona are unemployed but some work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, schools, vocational training and recreational centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Proyecto Esperanza to provide Elizabeth with Bible studies, medical checkups, nutrition education, vaccinations, first aid education, field trip, uniforms, computer classes and reading and writing workshops. The center staff will also provide special celebrations for the parents or guardians of Elizabeth.
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