Idelza lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for running errands. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother is employed as a laborer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Idelza participates in church activities and Bible class. She is also in kindergarten where her performance is average. Playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Idelza will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Idelza lives on the plains of Brisas del Este, home to approximately 50,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include dengue fever, flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Brisas del Este are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $75 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, employment opportunities and schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Christian Community Center to provide Idelza with Bible teaching, medical exams, recreational activities, nutritious meals, field trips, social events, educational classes, tutoring, vocational training, uniforms and scholastic materials. Fifty percent of the children in this project do not attend school because they are underage. The center staff will also provide retreats and parents' school for the parents or guardians of Idelza.
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