Wilton lives with his mother. His duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 3 children in the family. His mother is employed as a laborer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wilton participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Listening to music is his favorite activity.
Because of your sponsorship, Wilton will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Wilton lives on the plains of Villa Gonzalez, home to approximately 26,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and parasites. Most adults in Villa Gonzalez are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, employment opportunities, scholastic materials and alcohol abuse prevention programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bet-Hesed (Mercy House) Student Center to provide Wilton with Bible teaching, medical exams, nutritious food, health and hygiene instruction, recreational activities, social events, tutoring, uniforms, scholastic materials, vocational training and educational classes. Fifty percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide evangelism and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Wilton.
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 Santiago