Cristopher lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. Cristopher works at home running errands. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Cristopher enjoys playing with cars, playing ball games and running. He attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in primary school where his performance is average.
Please remember Cristopher in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Cristopher lives in San Juan, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, parasites and dental problems. Most adults in San Juan work in farming and earn the equivalent of $69 per month. This community needs clean water, medical services, improved sanitation, electricity and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Evangelical School Enmanuel to provide Cristopher with Bible teaching, dental checkups, sports, birthday celebrations, field trips, health education, tutoring, typing classes, uniforms and vocational training. The center staff will also provide hygiene and dental care education for the parents or guardians of Cristopher.
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: Southeastern San Juan