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Brian Oneel  

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  • Age: 14
  • Birthday: December 28, 1999
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Hogar de Refugio Student Center
  • Child ID: DR5230242
Brian makes his home with his mother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are his household duties. His mother is employed as a teacher.

For fun, Brian enjoys basketball, singing and listening to music. He attends church activities, Bible class and camp regularly and is in high school where his performance is average.

Please remember Brian in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Brian lives on the plains of Villas Agricolas, home to approximately 250,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu and skin infections. Most adults in Villas Agricolas work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $185 per month. This community needs schools, teachers, employment opportunities, health services and recreation centers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hogar de Refugio Student Center to provide Brian with Bible teaching, dental and eye checkups, hygiene education, field trips and academic support.
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: In Santo Domingo

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