Gabriel lives with his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 4 children in the family. His mother maintains the home.
For fun, Gabriel enjoys playing a musical instrument, soccer and basketball. He attends Bible class and youth group regularly and is in primary school where his performance is above average.
Please remember Gabriel in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Gabriel lives in the coastal community of Barahona, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, fish, bread, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include the flu, diarrhea and parasites. Half the adults in Barahona are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $117 per month. This community needs basic utility services, law enforcement and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of El Buen Pastor Student Center to provide Gabriel with Bible teaching, nutritious food, medical checkups, first aid training, field trips, computer classes, school uniforms, educational materials and vocational training. The center staff will also provide evangelism and meetings for the parents or guardians of Gabriel.
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 Barahona