Jonathan was born in 2006 and 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.
Jonathan, his two siblings and parents lived in another city in the Dominican. However, Jonathan's parents could not afford to provide for him and his siblings. In July of 2017, his parents brought the children to Batey Lecheria to live with Jonathan's uncle and his uncle's wife. Jonathan, his brother Josue, who is nine, and his sister Rosalinda, who is four, all now live with their uncle.
Jonathan's uncle works in security for a company that is close to their village. They live in a very humble home made of wood and scrap metal.
Jonathan attends public school and is in 3rd grade. His favorite color is yellow. Jonathan would like to become a teacher in the future.