Marianyeli lives with her mother. At home, duties include running errands and cleaning. Her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing with dolls and playing group games are Marianyeli's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Your love and support will help Marianyeli to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Marianyeli lives in the coastal community of Los Mameyes, home to approximately 40,000 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, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, flu, diarrhea and infections. Most adults in Los Mameyes work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $147 per month. This community needs safe drinking water, education and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Jesus Fuente de Paz Student Center to provide Marianyeli with Bible teaching, medical checkups, nutritious food, first aid education, sports competitions, field trips, English classes, vocational training, school supplies and uniforms. In addition, non-schooled children receive craft classes. The center staff will provide home visits and Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Marianyeli.
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: East Santo Domingo