Erika lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include caring for children, washing clothes and making beds. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing ball games, bicycling and playing group games are Erika's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Because of your sponsorship, Erika will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Erika lives in the mountainous community of Sabana Grande de Boya, home to approximately 32,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors and wood walls. The regional diet consists of beans and rice.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, anemia, flu and skin diseases. Most adults in Sabana Grande de Boya work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $106 per month. This community needs vocational training schools, employment opportunities, garbage collection and potable water.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development La Palabra de Dios to provide Erika with Bible teaching, medical and dental services, field trips, computer and English classes and study hall. In addition, literacy classes are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide vocational training, literacy and social events for the parents or guardians of Erika.
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: North of Monte Plata