Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic
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The Dominican Republic is in the Caribbean, sharing an island with Haiti the other side. It has white sandy beaches lined with palm trees and is a popular holiday destination.

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Santo Domingo

Compassion has worked in the Dominican Republic for over 40 years.


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West Indian Manatee

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There are many hurricanes and storms here so houses need to be strong. Concrete, wood and palm are used to build homes.

Living conditions

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10.2 million

Compassion work with more than 50,000 children in the Dominican Republic.

Away from the beach, the Dominican Republic is a very poor country with an increasing gap between the rich and poor and with very few people owning the land they live on. As well as this, the Dominican Republic is often battered by natural disasters.

Many who can no longer support themselves in the countryside move to the cities in search of employment. These people often have no healthcare, education or enough food to eat. When men in the family move to find work, women are left to look after the children by themselves.

These fatherless children are vulnerable. Children are often used by the gangs to sell drugs, getting caught up in all kinds of danger and violence.

Another danger facing many children is slavery. Some people in the Dominican Republic are sold as human slaves and forced to work in horrid conditions.

Watch Ginsely as she talks about life in the Dominican Republic.

For the children in Compassion projects in the Dominican Republic, that they will know how loved they are by God.

Pray that vulnerable children in the Dominican Republic will be safe from harm.

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Dominican Peso

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There are 165 Compassion projects in the Dominican Republic.

How can you encourage your sponsored child?

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you’ve found here. Ask them questions about what it’s like to live in the Dominican Republic.

Coconut is used in many recipes. Try this one out:

Recipe: Coconut Buns

Coconut Buns Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 1 ¾ cup of packed shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of margarine softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of almond essence
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  1. Mix the coconut, milk, almond essence and put to one side.
  2. Blend the margarine and sugar for about one minute. Then add the egg and vanilla essence.
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients, then add to the sugar mixture in three portions, making sure each portion is mixed well before adding the next.The dough should be on the sticky side.
  4. Put soup spoonfuls of the mixture on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake in a 180ºC oven for 25-30 minutes or until light brown.
  5. Let them cool for about seven minutes and store in an air tight container.

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Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two countries that share the same island.

When to manatees go to bed?

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After mana-tee time.

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia