Rafael lives with his brother and his mother. His brother is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. Rafael works at home cleaning. There are 4 children in the family.
Playing with cars, playing ball games and playing group games are Rafael's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Please remember Rafael in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Rafael lives on the plains of Bohechio, home to approximately 5,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have cement floors. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites, allergies and infections. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs electricity, clean water, vocational courses, employment opportunities and recreation facilities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Student Center Cristo es la Roca to provide Rafael with Bible teaching, medical and dental checkups, hygiene and nutrition education, nutritious food, community service opportunities, special celebrations, uniforms, school materials, computer courses and typing classes. The center staff will also provide lectures for the parents or guardians of Rafael.
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: East of San Juan