Danielys makes her home with her mother. Caring for animals, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Danielys enjoys playing with dolls, jumping rope and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Danielys will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Danielys lives in the mountainous community of Jacagua Arriba, Santiago, home to approximately 3,000 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 beans, chicken, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include respiratory diseases. Most adults in Jacagua Arriba, Santiago work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $113 per month. This community needs a library, employment opportunities and drug addiction rehabilitation programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Casa de Misericordia Student Center to provide Danielys with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, medicines, birthday celebrations, tutoring, uniforms, computer classes, baking lessons and vocational training. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and courses in cooking and handicrafts for the parents or guardians of Danielys.
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 Santiago