Jhon lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include making beds, running errands and cleaning. There are 3 children in the family. His father is sometimes employed as a laborer and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jhon participates in church activities and Bible class. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Playing with cars, playing ball games and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Jhon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Jhon lives in the coastal community of Campolindo La Caleta, Boca Chica, home to approximately 10,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and zinc roofs. The regional diet consists of chicken, plantains and rice.
Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, diarrhea and flu. Most adults work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $156 a month. This community needs potable water, garbage collection, employment opportunities and vocational training centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Integral Development Un Niño para Jesus to provide Jhon with Bible teaching, medical and dental exams, music, drama, distribution of clothes and academic support. In addition, literacy classes and vocational training are available for non-schooled children. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and HIV awareness training for the parents or guardians of Jhon.
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