Hansel lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, helping in the kitchen and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is sometimes employed as a project worker. There are 4 children in the family.
Soccer, baseball and playing group games are Hansel's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Hansel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Hansel lives on the plains of Puerto Isabela, home to approximately 12,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and cement roofs.
The regional diet consists of beans, plantains, chicken, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include parasites, dental decay and stomach illness. Most adults in Puerto Isabela are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $118 per month. This community needs law enforcement, drug abuse rehabilitation programs, employment opportunities and qualified teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Prodina Student Center to provide Hansel with Bible teaching, medical checkups, first aid education, nutritious food, recreational activities, field trips, vocational training courses, school supplies and uniforms. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and vocational courses in painting and sculpture for the parents or guardians of Hansel.
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