Syarlen makes her home with her father and her mother. Running errands is her household duty. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a project worker. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Syarlen participates in church activities. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, bicycling and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Syarlen will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Syarlen lives in the mountainous community of La Baitoita, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of beans, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include flu, skin diseases, anemia and parasites. Most adults in La Baitoita work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $76 per month. This community needs potable water, garbage collection service, teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Jehovah Nisi to provide Syarlen with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, sports competitions, field trips, vocational training, uniforms and school supplies. The center staff will also provide workshops and conferences for the parents or guardians of Syarlen.
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: Southern Barahona