Dinelson 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.
Dinelson lives with his mother and brother. His father passed away when he was 13 years old from an unidentified illness. Dinelson's brother is Enmanuel who is eight years old.
His mother works in a cherry plantation to try to provide for the basic needs of her children. Occasionally, she also recycles plastic for a company and that brings in some additional income. The family lives in a one room home and they all sleep in the same bed.
Currently, Dinelson is in the 7th grade and his favorite subject is mathematics. Dinelson speaks Spanish. In his free time, Dinelson enjoys playing soccer. He would like to become a professional soccer player in the future.