Sponsor Crismeilin Acosta

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Dominican Republic
Age: 
10
Current Grade: 
Fourth
Birthday: 
Feb 28, 2008
Reference Number: 
DR-VP1-0280
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Beans, Meat
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Basketball
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Doctor
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Bible
Favorite Bible Story: 
God
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
1 Peter 3:11
Personality Traits: 
Cooperative
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Happy
Personality Traits: 
Helpful
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent

Biography

Crismeilin comes to our COTN family from the village of Algodon, where she lives with her parents and grandmother. Her family is supported through working in a grocery store. Their house is made of concrete blocks with a metal roof, and they live in very poor conditions. Crismeilin helps her family at home by cleaning, sweeping, and washing dishes. She speaks her country's traditional language of Spanish. Through your sponsorship, she has increased opportunities and hope for her future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Algodón

Children enrolled in the Algodon Village Partnership Program benefit from a variety of services made possible by our partners. Volunteers have helped construct a school in the village, and worked on projects to bring clean water to the people. Sponsors provide children in Algodón with daily nutrition, a solid education at COTN's school, and medical care at our nearby clinic. Partners have also set up Bible studies and fun summer camps for the children.
Initial Assessed Needs:

  1. Lack of access to medical care
  2. Lack of access to education
  3. Lack of nutrition

Date program launched: 1997
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Seven-room school and cafeteria
  2. Medical care at COTN clinic
  3. Daily nutrition at school
  4. Skills training at COTN Skills Center
  5. Access to University/Vocational program
  6. Sports facility
  7. Challenge Children's Program for children with special needs
  8. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
Algodón is where Children of the Nations began ministry in the Dominican Republic. It is a batey (pronounced BAH-tay)—one of more than 400 shantytown work camps built in the 1960s to house migrant sugarcane cutters from Haiti. Today Algodón consists of the remnants of this shantytown and is made up of mainly Haitian-Dominican families. When COTN first came to Algodón, the children were attending school in a mud hut that had cracks in the walls and roof, and lacked teaching materials. Sixty-seven students, representing less than half of the school-aged children in Algodón, were being taught by two teachers. Our partners have provided for the mental, physical, social, and spiritual needs of children in Algodón through sponsorship and in-country projects like building a school and implementing a clean water system. Each sponsored child has access to a good education, nutritious food, medical care, and clean water. Several students from Algodón have graduated from high school and university, including the first COTN students to earn medical degrees. By partnering with sponsors like you, we seek to provide the children of Algodón with the resources and care they need to become well-rounded individuals. By equipping these children and their caregivers with tools for success, they will grow up to create positive change in their community and ultimately their nation.
Statistics: 

Population: 10,349,741 (2014 est.)

Life Expectancy: 77 years

Under Age 5 Mortality Rate: 27 deaths per 1,000 live births

People Living with HIV/AIDS: 45,000

Orphaned Children: 190,000

Secondary School Attendance: Boys—51%, Girls—65%

Population Living on Less Than $1.25 Per Day: 204,000 (These are the people COTN serves.)

Sources: UNICEF, The World Factbook (2014)