Yonay lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother is employed as a teacher.
For fun, Yonay enjoys playing with cars and baseball. He attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where his performance is average.
Your prayers are especially appreciated for Yonay because he is crippled in the spine, is crippled in one hand and is receiving regular medical treatment. Your sponsorship helps provide the care and love he needs.
Yonay 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 most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, plantains, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include parasites, infections and flu. Half the adults in Los Mameyes are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $118 per month. This community needs law enforcement, alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Enmanuel Student Center to provide Yonay with Bible teaching, nutritious food, health education, medical checkups, vitamins, sports, field trips, birthday celebrations, computer class and vocational training. The center staff will also provide meetings, monthly worship services, literacy classes and seamstress courses for the parents or guardians of Yonay.
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