Facts About the Dominican Republic: A Lively Island Nation

The girl on the left is wearing a yellow dress with blue flowers, the girl in the middle is wearing a white dress with bright colored flowers in green, yellow, orange, and pink, and boy on the right is wearing an orange sleeveless shirt and khaki pants. They are sitting on the bridge that connects the field with the community.

The Dominican Republic – located on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola – is a country with a bright and lively culture. We’d love to share some interesting facts with you about the Dominican Republic to give you a deeper look into the culture and life of this island country where over 67,000 Compassion-assisted children live.

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Compassion Graduate: From Shoeshiner to National Director

Tony Beltran holding a picture of himself when he was a child

Need a hopeful story today? Meet Tony Beltran. He started work shining shoes at age 7, but now he is national director of Compassion Dominican Republic.

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Interrupting Your Feed With Some GOOD NEWS

In the midst of all the news about COVID-19, we need stories of hope. Here are some of the most joy-sparking stories we’ve heard in the last two weeks!

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A group of children in Honduras smile for the camera.

3 Ways the World Has Changed for Children in 30 Years

This year, Compassion joins other humanitarian and child-focused organizations around the world to celebrate a landmark: the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A convention might sound a little boring, but this historic meeting laid out the human rights that apply to all children. We have a lot to celebrate about the progress children’s rights have made in the last 30 years. We’d like to highlight three ways things have changed in the past 30 years for children.

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A man wearing a white doctor's coat and stethoscope around his neck smiles, arms crossed.

Doctor Piña: Released From Poverty to Heal Others

Jose Frank grew up in poverty, but that didn’t stop him from becoming a doctor who is now helping heal his community — physically and spiritually.

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A teenage boy wearing a grey sweater stands with his arms crossed, smiling, in front of a green field.

Youths Share Why Letters Are So Meaningful

As sponsors, we don’t always know what impact our letters have on the children we sponsor. So we asked photojournalists to interview young people about how their sponsors’ letters have been meaningful in their lives. Here is what they had to say. Be inspired by the opportunity you have to lift up, love and motivate children and youths in extreme poverty!

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A collage of photos including a girl and mom standing in a doorway of a wood home, two girls hugging in front of a green wood wall and three children sitting on a bridge together.

This Is Where I Live: 7 Children Share Their Homes

Have you wondered what the homes of children living in extreme poverty might be like? Children from each of the seven countries where we work in Central America and the Caribbean took us on a tour of their homes! We hope having a glimpse into the homes of typical sponsored children in this region will help you know how you can pray for them — and how very much your support means!

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A woman wearing a black bowler hat, colorful shawl and traditional Bolivian clothes stands in a wide field, carrying a baby on her back.

8 Breathtaking Photos of Hardworking Moms Around the World

Being a mom is a big job. From making sure a feisty toddler doesn’t eat rocks to sitting in solace with a hurting teenager, motherhood is intense. Here are eight beautiful photos of hardworking women around the world who exemplify a mother’s love. They face vast challenges yet persevere in working toward, praying for and believing in the best for their children.

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Can I Try On Your Shoes?

How much is enough? What happens when our thirst for more gathers momentum and seems never to find its end? Do we replace our understanding of what we need with the things we want—-and lose touch with gratitude and contentment in our search for more?

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Biking Across America for Clean Water

Faith is like a bicycle. It requires forward movement for it to work. And it was this faith the spurred Kit Garren to bike across the USA to provide clean water to towns in need in the Dominican Republic.

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Hero Kids

Why Your Sponsored Child is a Hero

The child you sponsor is a remarkable hero with a story changed by hope.

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Compassion Internship: A Summer Well Spent

Five summer interns share the highlights of their experience at Compassion and the impact of working to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name.

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