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Israel Abad Perez  

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  • Age: 11
  • Birthday: December 1, 2002
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Los Niños de Jesus Student Center
  • Child ID: DR5280415
Israel lives with his brother and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, helping in the kitchen and running errands. His brother is employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a laborer. There are 4 children in the family.

For fun, Israel enjoys soccer, hide-and-seek and baseball. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.

Because of your sponsorship, Israel will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Israel lives on the plains of Villa Liberacion, home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have cement floors. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of rice. Common health problems in this area include dental decay, parasites, dengue and malnutrition. Most adults in Villa Liberacion work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs an improved education system, vocational training centers, employment opportunities, potable water and improved sanitation.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Los Niños de Jesus Student Center to provide Israel with Bible teaching, dental checkups, nutritious food, typing classes and reading and writing classes. Thirty-five percent of the children in this project do not attend school because the distance from school is too great for them to commute. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching for the parents or guardians of Israel.
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: Northeast of 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
  • Medical care
  • Educational opportunities
  • Important life-skills training
  • 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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