Sponsor Yael Ferrera Medina

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Dominican Republic
Age: 
6
Current Grade: 
Preschool
Birthday: 
May 28, 2013
Reference Number: 
DR-VP6-0112
Typical Foods: 
Rice, Bean, Meat
Favorite Sport or Activity: 
Play Baseball
Occupational or Educational Goal: 
Mechanic
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Bible
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Language
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Math
Favorite Subjects in School: 
Music
Favorite Bible Story: 
David Story
Favorite Bible Verse(s): 
Psalm 23
Personality Traits: 
Cooperative
Personality Traits: 
Friendly
Personality Traits: 
Intelligent
Personality Traits: 
Plays Well with Others

Biography

Yael comes to our COTN family from the village of Pueblo Nuevo, where he lives with his parents, sister, and brother. His father is a taxi driver and his mother is a teacher. Their house is made of concrete blocks with a metal roof, and they live in very poor conditions. Yael helps his family at home by carrying water, sweeping, and washing dishes. He speaks his country's traditional language of Spanish. Through your sponsorship, he has increased opportunities and hope for his future.

Program Profile

Village Name: 
Pueblo Nuevo

Children enrolled in the Pueblo Nuevo Village Partnership Program benefit from a variety of services made possible by our partners. Volunteers have helped establish a school in the village, and worked on projects to bring clean water to the people. Sponsors provide children in Pueblo Nuevo 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. Limited access to education
  2. Lack of access to clean water
  3. No electricity
  4. High rate of gang activity

Date program launched: 2006
Programs/Services Currently Provided:

  1. Preschool
  2. Daily nutrition at school
  3. Skills training at COTN Skills Center
  4. Medical care at COTN clinic
  5. Bible studies and summer camps
Program Description: 
Pueblo Nuevo is a community situated in the poorest part of the city of Barahona, where for years it has been forgotten by the government. Its population consists of more than 500 families of Dominican descent. There are few employment opportunities here, and the majority of youth dedicate themselves to various forms of delinquency: drugs, robbery, violence, etc. Access to electricity and water are limited. Before Children of the Nations came to provide assistance, the closest school was two miles away. In order to attend classes, the children had to walk, which was dangerous, and therefore few of them were able to go and learn. COTN began ministry in Pueblo Nuevo in 2006 with a focus on providing education in a safe environment. In 2007, our partners helped construct a vocational skills center to create solutions to the problem of delinquency by teaching job skills. Children from all our Village Partnership Programs in Barahona may attend classes at the center, where they can learn computer skills, baking, sewing, and more. Our partners and in-country staff also helped establish a preschool for the most vulnerable students in Pueblo Nuevo. By partnering with sponsors like you, we seek to provide the children of Pueblo Nuevo 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)