Sponsor Reinaldo Baez

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Dominican Republic
Age: 
15
Current Grade: 
Eighth
Birthday: 
Mar 03, 2005
Reference Number: 
DR-VP1-0301
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Meat, Spaghetti
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Baseball
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Professional Baseball Player
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Bible
Favorite Bible Story: 
Matthew
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
Psalm 23
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent
Personality Traits: 
Quiet
Personality Traits: 
Respectful
Personality Traits: 
Responsible

Biography

Reinaldo comes to our COTN family from the village of Algodon, where he lives with his mother and three sisters. His family is supported through a small business. Their house is made of palm wood with a metal roof, and they live in very poor conditions. Reinaldo helps his family at home by washing clothes, helping with the animals, and cleaning. He speaks his country's official language of Spanish. Through your sponsorship, he has increased opportunities and hope for his 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)