Miguel lives with his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. His mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
Basketball, art and playing group games are Miguel's favorite activities. In middle school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and Vacation Bible School.
Your love and support will help Miguel to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Miguel lives in the community of La Cienaga, home to approximately 20,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, malnourishment, diarrhea, anemia, flu, skin diseases and parasites. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $100 per month. This community needs potable water, schools, employment opportunities and garbage collection.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development La Cienaga para Cristo to provide Miguel with Bible teaching, health education, dental care, food, educational field trips, vocational training and computer classes. In addition, literacy is available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide literacy classes, evangelism and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Miguel.
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: In Santo Domingo