Yeni makes her home with her aunt. Carrying water, making beds and running errands are her household duties. Her aunt maintains the home.
For fun, Yeni enjoys playing with dolls, bicycling and baseball. She attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School regularly and is in primary school where her performance is average.
Your love and support will help Yeni to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Yeni lives in the coastal community of Los Coquitos, Boca Chica, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, anemia, the flu, skin diseases and parasites. Most adults in Los Coquitos, Boca Chica work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $162 per month. This community needs potable water, qualified teachers, employment opportunities and garbage collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Exploradores de Cristo to provide Yeni with Bible teaching, medical and dental care, sports teams, field trips, birthday celebrations, vocational training, computer courses and English classes. The center staff will also provide literacy classes and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Yeni.
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 Santo Domingo