Elizaray lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, caring for children and helping in the kitchen. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a laborer. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Elizaray participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. She is also in high school where her performance is below average. Playing a musical instrument, playing with dolls and bicycling are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Elizaray will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Elizaray lives in the coastal community of Campo Lindo La Caleta, home to approximately 4,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, bread and rice.
Common health problems in this area include skin diseases, tonsillitis and flu. Most adults in Campo Lindo La Caleta work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $121 per month. This community needs garbage collection, water services, electricity, literacy programs, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Centro de Desarrollo Infantil Mas que Vencedores to provide Elizaray with Bible teaching, vaccinations, dental care education, field trips, birthday parties, literacy and math and music classes. The center staff will also provide literacy and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Elizaray.
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