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Nicol Mejia Alcantara  

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  • Age: 5
  • Birthday: September 16, 2008
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Hogar de Refugio Student Center
  • Child ID: DR5231264
Nicol lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds and running errands. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Nicol participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing ball games are her favorite activities.

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

The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include flu and skin infections. Most adults in Villas Agricolas work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $85 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, health services, schools and teachers.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Hogar de Refugio Student Center to provide Nicol with Bible teaching, dental checkups, recreational activities and leadership training. In addition, non-schooled children receive literacy training.
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.

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Child's Location: In Santo Domingo

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects your child with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.  

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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