Guillermo lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for making beds, running errands and cleaning. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
Playing with cars, swimming and bicycling are Guillermo's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Guillermo will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Guillermo lives on the plains of Zamarilla, home to approximately 10,000 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, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Zamarilla are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $83 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, vocational training, recreation centers and garbage collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Develoment Jesuscristo Reina en al Niñez to provide Guillermo with Bible teaching, dental checkups, hygiene education, nutritious food, toothpaste and tooth brush, sports competitions, birthday celebrations, painting classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism and family day celebrations for the parents or guardians of Guillermo.
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: Southeastern Santiago