How You’re Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Antonia

04/16/13

"The situation in my life is hard," begins 11-year-old Antonia. "Life is hard for me because my mother is out, and my father doesn't work," she explains. Then she smiles as she thinks of the difference people like you have made in her life. "Actually, it is not so hard as it was before I was part of COTN's program," she says.

 
Antonia lives in the Dominican slum known as Los Robles—an old shanty-town originally populated by Haitians who came to the Dominican Republic to work in the sugarcane fields. Today, it is full of second- and third-generation Haitians who have no citizenship in either country, and no work, since the sugarcane industry drastically declined in the 1980s. 
 
For this reason, Antonia lives in a conundrum. There are few jobs in Los Robles, but it is her family's only home. Antonia's mother has left the area in search of work, and is never home to be with her children. Her father spends his days walking from farm to farm looking for small jobs—often to no avail. Antonia stays with her grandmother because her parents are never around.
 
Because the people of Los Robles are considered non-citizens, the government never built a school in their village. Without education, there was little hope for change and no escape from the cycle of poverty in which Antonia’s family found themselves.
 
But that's where people like you come into the story. By sponsoring children, serving in-country on Venture Trips, and generously supporting our school, church, and other projects in Antonia's community, you are opening new opportunities for hundreds of children like Antonia. 
 
Today, Antonia and her little brother attend the Children of the Nations (COTN) school that people like you helped build and fund. Also at school, Antonia and her brother get a nutritious meal. At times, her parents say they have only survived because of the food people like you provide through COTN. 
 
Antonia's dream is to become a doctor, and work in her community. "I'd like to heal the sick people," she says.  Even with the little she now has, Antonia delights in helping others.  After school she often helps her aunt, selling small goods. "I feel very happy helping her sell goods all over the community, because my aunt is poor," she says. 
 
If you looked at Antonia's living situation, you might call her poor, but Antonia sees herself as rich, because of the generous support you provide. Thank you! 
 
You can help a child in need like Antonia. Sponsor a child in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, or Africa today!