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Elvin Samuel Gusman  

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  • Age: 17
  • Birthday: April 29, 1997
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: Integral Development Shalom
  • Child ID: DR5340545
In his home, Elvin helps by carrying water, running errands and cleaning. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a project worker. There are 2 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Elvin participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in middle school where his performance is average. Basketball, playing ball games and bicycling are his favorite activities.

Please remember Elvin in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Elvin lives on the plains of Lecheria, home to approximately 16,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, and rice.

Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, malnourishment, diarrhea, tonsillitis, anemia, flu and parasites. Most adults in Lecheria work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $106 per month. This community needs potable water, secondary schools, employment opportunities and recreation facilities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Shalom to provide Elvin with Bible teaching, health education, sports, field trips, math and grammar classes and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism, HIV awareness education, vocational training and literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Elvin.
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: Southwest of San Cristobal

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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.

When you sponsor a child, you'll receive your child's photo, personal story and a child sponsorship packet by mail in approximately 10 days.

When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.