Claudio lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Life for Haitians in the Dominican is difficult. Unless they have sufficient funds to start their own business, which most do not, they are passed over for work because of their nationality. Dominicans prefer to hire their own countrymen.
His father abandoned the family when he was just five years old. Claudio's dad still lives in Batey Lechería, but he rarely acknowledges the family and will only occasionally provide a small amount of funds. His mother made efforts to reconcile her marriage but to no avail.
Claudio is one of seven children that still live with his mother. His mom sells various items within their village to provide as best as she can for the family. In addition, his mother helps with the cooking for the community feeding through the 25 Project each month. She also serves as parent chaperone during the 25 Project camps.
Two of Claudio's siblings live in Haiti and his two older sisters are married and live in the village. His oldest brother is 27 years old and works selling various. He makes efforts to help sustain the family.
Claudio speaks Spanish and Creole. He attends the public school that is two miles from his village. He is currently in 7th grade and his favorite subject is math. In his free time Claudio likes to play soccer. He wants to become an actor in the future.