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Yorkidia

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Dominican Republic

Birthday

December 25, 2005

Age

Age: 17

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Girl

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Bairon

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Dominican Republic

Birthday

November 4, 2009

Age

Age: 13

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Boy

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Marjorie

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Ecuador

Birthday

March 29, 2007

Age

Age: 15

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Girl

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Pili

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Thailand

Birthday

June 10, 2006

Age

Age: 16

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Girl

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Meet Yorkidia

Yorkidia is 17 years old and lives in Dominican Republic.

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Country: Dominican Republic

Birthday: December 25, 2005 (17 years old)

Gender: Girl

Yorkidia lives with her Grandmother. Yorkidia has 1 sibling living in the household. Yorkidia helps with the following duties at home: Carries Water, Child Care, Cleaning, Kitchen Help, Making Beds, and Running Errands. Yorkidia's favourite activities and interests include: Baseball, Bicycling, Group Games, Hide and Seek, Ping Pong, Rolling a hoop, and Walking. Activities that Yorkidia enjoys through the church are: Sunday School/Church, Youth Group, Bible Class, and Vacation Bible School. At the compassion centre Yorkidia's favourite activities are: Going on Field Trips / Excursions, Learning about God, Listening to Bible Stories, and Snack / Meal Time. Yorkidia attends school. She is in the equivalent of grade 10. Yorkidia's favourite subject is Math. Her performance in school is Average. Yorkidia's family lives in the area of Batey # 6 in Dominican Republic.

Yorkidia's Country Details

The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. It has a tropical climate, but moist, year-round trade winds keep temperatures between 72° and 83°Fahrenheit.

Almost 90 percent Dominicans live in rural areas where unemployment is high and malnutrition widespread. A family's diet consists mainly of rice, beans, and fish. Spanish is the official language, and Catholicism is the state religion.

In 1492, Columbus discovered Hispaniola, and the island became the center of Spanish rule in the West Indies. Soon, the indigenous people were wiped out, and slaves were brought from Africa to populate the island. The descendants of those slaves form most of the population today. For three centuries Hispaniola was governed by Spain, then by France. In 1804, the island won independence as the republic of Haiti. Forty years later, the eastern two-thirds of the island revolted and formed the Dominican Republic. Except for a brief period of annexation to Spain, the Dominican Republic has been independent ever since.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

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Formal and non-formal educational opportunities Compassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
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Health care, hygiene training and supplementary food Kids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
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The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
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Personal attention, guidance and love Children are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

Is sponsorship still relevant during and beyond the COVID-19 crisis?

During the pandemic, we saw firsthand the impact of crises on children in poverty. We also saw how powerful sponsorship can be in equipping local churches to respond in specific, effective and life-changing ways. As we continue to see multifaceted crises impacting children around the world, we know that the need for sponsorship remains urgent. We are more confident than ever that your commitment to sponsorship truly allows children, families and communities to be deeply known, loved and protected through it all.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they know the names and faces of the children in their community and can best understand and respond to their challenges. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need with compassion and through the love of God.

We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve. In this way the physical, spiritual, emotional and relational needs for children are met as they are empowered to overcome poverty in all its forms.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity.

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At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!