Sponsor Maria Cuevas

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Dominican Republic
Age: 
16
Current Grade: 
Eleventh
Birthday: 
Jun 02, 2003
Reference Number: 
DR-VP2-0252
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Beans, Meat
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Basketball
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Teacher
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Geography
Favorite Bible Story: 
Noah's Ark
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
1 John 4:8
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Happy
Personality Traits: 
Helpful
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent
Personality Traits: 
Respectful

Biography

Maria comes to our COTN family from the village of Los Robles, where she lives with her father, sister, and two brothers. Their house is made of palm wood with a metal roof, and they live in very poor conditions. Maria helps her family at home by washing dishes and sweeping. She speaks her country's official language of Spanish. Through your sponsorship, Maria has increased opportunities and hope for her future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Los Robles

Sponsors like you have helped the Los Robles Village Partnership Program grow and improve over the years to provide essential care for children in need. Our facilities now include a seven-room school where children in kindergarten through eighth grade can learn, play, and eat each day. Partners have also helped build a church and set up a clean water system for the people of Los Robles, and have hosted Bible studies and fun summer camps for the children.
Initial Assessed Needs:

  1. Lack of access to education
  2. Lack of access to medical care
  3. Excessive violence
  4. High rate of teen pregnancy

Date program launched: 1999
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Seven-room school for grades K–8
  2. Feeding center for daily nutrition
  3. Medical care at COTN clinic
  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: 
Los Robles, whose name translates to “The Oaks” or “Strong People,” is a remote, extremely poor community. It is a batey (pronounced BAH-tay)—one of several shantytown work camps built in the 1960s to house migrant sugarcane workers from Haiti. Most of these workers never obtained legal citizenship in the Dominican Republic. Because of this, their descendants are not legal citizens either, and are denied access to social services including education and medical care. Compounding these problems are the issues of teen pregnancy and unemployment due to the mechanization of the sugar industry. Today, thanks to in-country staff and partners like you, hundreds of children—including several university students—are enrolled in our sponsorship program in Los Robles and have their physical, mental, social, and spiritual needs met. As these children grow into adults, they are setting positive examples for the young people of Los Robles, who desperately need good role models. By partnering with sponsors like you, we seek to provide the children of Los Robles 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)