Lisbeth lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Lisbeth enjoys playing with dolls, playing ball games and running. She attends Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Please remember Lisbeth in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Lisbeth lives on the plains of Gualey, home to approximately 21,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, parasites, colds, respiratory infections, fevers and sexually transmitted diseases. Most adults in Gualey work as petty traders and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, recreation facilities and garbage collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Shalom Student Center to provide Lisbeth with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious meals, nutrition and hygiene education, sports, field trips, special celebrations, computer and sewing courses, English classes and hygiene supplies. The center staff will also provide special celebrations and technical courses for the parents or guardians of Lisbeth.
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: Center of Santo Domingo