Wissen lives with his mother. At home, duties include running errands. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Wissen participates in Vacation Bible School. He is also in kindergarten where his performance is below average. Bicycling, baseball and running are his favorite activities.
Your care and consistent sponsorship are especially important to Wissen because he is crippled in one leg. Thank you for your love and prayers.
Wissen lives in the forested community of Los Mameyes, home to approximately 41,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, plantains, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, infections and the flu. Most adults in Los Mameyes work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $118 per month. This community needs paved streets, schools, employment opportunities and garbage collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Enmanuel Student Center to provide Wissen with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health education, medical checkups, vitamins, sports, field trips, birthday celebrations, computer courses and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, monthly worship services, literacy classes and seamstress courses for the parents or guardians of Wissen.
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 Santo Domingo