Jeremy lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, helping in the kitchen and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jeremy participates in Bible class. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is average. Playing with cars, bicycling and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Jeremy in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jeremy lives on the plains of Burende, La Joya, home to approximately 2,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, tin walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites and diarrhea. Most adults in Burende, La Joya work in factories and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, schools, scholastic materials, employment opportunities and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Ebenezer Student Center to provide Jeremy with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, hygiene and health education, nutritious food, birthday celebrations, school supplies, uniforms, shoes, reading and writing classes and vocational courses. The center staff will also provide vocational courses and evangelism for the parents or guardians of Jeremy.
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: Northwest of La Vega