John 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.
John's parents abandoned him when he was very young. They simply left him in the village. A woman in the village began to take care of him and took him in as her own grandson.
John does not remember his parents or if he had siblings. His grandmother provides as best as she can for him by working in a cherry plantation. When John is not in school, he helps sell groceries from their home.
Currently, John attends the public school and is in 4th grade. His favorite class is language arts. John speaks Spanish. In his free time, John enjoys playing soccer. He would like to become an engineer in the future.