Teike lives in Villa Laura, a village on the outskirts of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
Teike's father became very ill and passed away three years ago when Teike was only six years old. His mother moved out of the village shortly after the death of her husband and abandoned Teike to his aunt. Teike's mother visits him about three times per year.
Teike lives with his uncle, aunt and two cousins. They live in a two- room home with no latrine facilities. His uncle is a farmer and takes work when it is available. Farming work in the Dominican is very inconsistent.
Teike's aunt sells groceries in the village. Even with both his uncle and aunt working, they struggle to provide for the basic needs of the family.
Currently, Teike attends public school and is in 3rd grade. His favorite class is mathematics. Teike's favorite color is orange.
In his free time, Teike enjoys playing soccer. In the future, Teike would like to become an engineer.