Victor Manuel 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.
Victor Manuel lives in a small house with his older sister Nereida who is 21 years old. His mom lives in the city cleaning houses and his dad remains in Haiti.
He attends public school and is in 3rd grade. He likes to play baseball and his favorite color is yellow.