Vianyely lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include making beds and running errands. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is employed as a laborer and her mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
For fun, Vianyely enjoys playing house, playing with dolls and playing group games. She attends church activities and Bible class regularly and is in kindergarten where her performance is average.
Because of your sponsorship, Vianyely will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Vianyely lives on the plains of Manganagua, home to approximately 8,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement. The most commonly spoken language is Spanish.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, bread, beef and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, infections, parasites and malnutrition. Most adults in Manganagua work as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $120 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and drug abuse rehabilitation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Luz de la Esperanza Student Center to provide Vianyely with Bible teaching, health education, nutritious food, medical checkups, field trips, birthday celebrations, educational classes and vocational courses. The center staff will also provide evangelism and vocational training for the parents or guardians of Vianyely.
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