Laura lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include making beds, running errands and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is employed as a laborer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Laura participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in middle school where her performance is average. Volleyball, playing with dolls and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Laura will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Laura lives on the plains of Barrio George, home to approximately 4,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The regional diet consists of bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include parasites, malnourishment and skin diseases. Most adults in Barrio George work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $90 per month. This community needs electricity, potable water, teachers, employment opportunities, food, security and recreational facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro Infantil de Desarrollo Integral Covena to provide Laura with Bible teaching, dental care instruction, birthday parties and music, painting, math and language classes. The center staff will also provide literacy, clubs and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Laura.
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 La Romana