Carolis lives with her mother. Her duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Playing house and playing with dolls are Carolis's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.
Because of your sponsorship, Carolis will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Carolis lives on the plains of Barrio Mexico, home to approximately 14,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken, beef, rice and beans. Common health problems in this area include parasites, respiratory diseases and malnutrition. Most adults work in factories and earn the equivalent of $254 per month. This community needs paved streets, a drainage system, schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities, hospitals and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of CEDIA Student Center to provide Carolis with Bible teaching, medical, dental and eye checkups, nutritious meals, hygiene education, opportunities to plant trees, birthday celebrations, English classes, tutoring, field trips and sports and singing competitions. The center staff will also provide special celebrations, parenting education and health training for the parents or guardians of Carolis.
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: Northern San Pedro de Macorís