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Cristofer Felix Perez  

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  • Age: 16
  • Birthday: April 15, 1998
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Dominican Republic
  • Center: La Plena Student Center
  • Child ID: DR9100273
Cristofer lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water and running errands. His father is employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.

Basketball, listening to music and playing group games are Cristofer's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities and Bible class.

Your love and support will help Cristofer to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Cristofer lives on the plains of La Plena Sainagua, home to approximately 1,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The spoken language is Spanish.

The regional diet consists of beans, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition and respiratory diseases. Most adults in La Plena Sainagua work in factories and earn the equivalent of $116 per month. This community needs secondary schools, vocational training centers and recreation facilities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of La Plena Student Center to provide Cristofer with Bible teaching, health and dental checkups, hygiene education, sports, special celebrations and vocational training. The center staff will also provide vocational training and Christian celebrations for the parents or guardians of Cristofer.
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.

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Child's Location: South of San Cristobal

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