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Gabriela Lucia Hernández Morla  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: March 27, 1997
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Prodeinfa Student Center
  • Child ID: DR4820200
In her home, Gabriela helps by making beds, running errands and cleaning. She lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her stepfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Gabriela participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Telling stories and playing group games are her favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Gabriela to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Gabriela lives on the plains of Villa Faro, home to approximately 20,000 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 rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, rashes, malaria and skin problems. Most adults in Villa Faro work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $122 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities and basic utility services.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Prodeinfa Student Center to provide Gabriela with Bible teaching, medical checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations, vocational training, drama and theater groups and uniforms. The center staff will also provide educational movies for the parents or guardians of Gabriela.
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: In San Pedro de Macoris

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.