Clara makes her home with her grandfather and her grandmother. Making beds, running errands and cleaning are her household duties. Her grandfather is sometimes employed as a laborer and her grandmother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Clara participates in Bible class, youth group and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Volleyball, singing and reading are her favorite activities.
Please remember Clara in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Clara lives in the mountainous community of Padre las Casas Azua, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread, cassava, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include diarrhea, the flu and parasites. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $162 per month. This community needs improved sanitation, garbage collection services, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff at Fuente de Paz Student Center to provide Clara with Bible teaching, medical and dental check-ups, vitamins, birthday celebrations, nutritious food, uniforms, English classes, computer courses, vocational training and educational materials. The center staff will also provide evangelism for the parents or guardians of Clara.
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: Northwest of Azua