Creole

Creola

Compared with other regions of Creole-speaking Haiti, the southern region is considered the quietest.  There is very little political unrest here, making this area a popular tourist stop. In Jacmel, an old port city in the southeast, cruise ships loaded with tourists stop three times a week, which helps boost the economy. Palm-fringed sandy beaches along the southern coast also are popular with tourists.

Haiti

Southern Region

  • A typical, poorly built wooden home in the southern region. Poverty has forced many to live in whatever kind of structure they can build. A typical, poorly built wooden home in the southern region. Poverty has forced many to live in whatever kind of structure they can build.
  • Finding potable water is hard in rural areas. For many children, the only clean water they have is from the child development center. Finding potable water is hard in rural areas. For many children, the only clean water they have is from the child development center.
  • Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future. Education is vital for a child to escape poverty. Sponsored children receive educational support and hope for a better future.
  • Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit. Children in the Compassion program have the opportunity to grow in every way: mind, body, heart and spirit.
  • Children participating in center activities love to answer biblical questions as the teacher has taught them so many things. Children participating in center activities love to answer biblical questions as the teacher has taught them so many things.
  • Water is a precious resource in southern Haiti, so water from this river is mainly used to water gardens that residents rely on for food. Water is a precious resource in southern Haiti, so water from this river is mainly used to water gardens that residents rely on for food.
  • A cultural tradition in the southern region of Haiti is to feed the chickens before starting garden work. A cultural tradition in the southern region of Haiti is to feed the chickens before starting garden work.
 
HAITI OVERVIEW

Population

9,996,731

Religion

Roman Catholic

Weather

 
A Glimpse of Poverty in Southern Haiti Southern Haiti
  • There is no region in Haiti richer in water than the southern region. There are abundant beautiful beaches, rivers and caves. Sadly, this water is both a strength and a threat for residents living in flat regions.
  • During the rainy seasons, these areas turn into pools from flooding caused by torrential rain. Even a 30-minute rain can be devastating for residents who are forced to helplessly watch the loss of their livestock and crops.
  • Residents become impoverished by floods and have a hard time paying for their children’s education.
  • While solidly built houses in urban areas are more able to withstand floods, rural huts — which are dwellings for most of the impoverished people in the south — become open graves.
  • Children can miss days and even months of school because floods cut off the road to school and bring waterborne diseases like malaria and diarrhea.
COMMUNITY
Western Haiti Community
Issues and Concerns
  • Because of its geographical position, Haiti’s southern peninsula is particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and flooding. In some areas every year, homes and lives are lost to severe weather conditions.
  • This region was also greatly affected by the massive earthquake of January 2010. The southern city of Léogâne, near the quake’s epicenter, was almost completely destroyed.
  • The southern region lacks sufficient medical personnel and facilities. There is only one doctor for every 12,000 people in this region.
Local Needs and Challenges

Lack of clean water and sanitation

Due to the lack of plumbing, children in rural areas must bathe in the river before dressing in their uniforms for school. Children in impoverished urban areas carry water from the public fountains to their homes.

Inadequate housing

Most of the homes have two to three rooms and house as many as eight people.

Poor transportation

Transportation varies between rural and urban areas. In the rural areas, some children walk as long as two hours to school or the market.

EDUCATION
Haiti education
Schools and Education
  • Haitians place a high value on education, but few poor families can afford the costs of uniforms, textbooks, supplies and other required purchases.
  • Sometimes Haitians receive money, called remittances, from family members living abroad that help pay educational costs.
  • Currently, only about half of Haiti’s primary-aged children are enrolled in school, and less than 2 percent of children will finish secondary school.

Compassion Haiti works to ensure that every registered child is able to attend school, and it provides additional support, including tutoring, at the child development centers.

At the Compassion Child Development Center

Compassion-assisted child development centers provide registered children in Haiti’s southern region with the resources and learning opportunities they need to overcome poverty.

Medical attention, extra nutrition, academic tutoring and vocational training help ensure that they will grow into healthy, happy, responsible adults.

Most important, the children have the opportunity to learn about God’s love and the gift of salvation in Christ.

What Compassion Sponsorship Provides

In partnership with local churches, Compassion is bringing real help and hope to impoverished children in southern Haiti, providing:

  • regular nutritious meals and snacks
  • health checkups and medical care as needed
  • the support needed to attend school
  • special interventions as needed. In 2011, for example, in response to the victims of Hurricane Thomas, 400 beneficiaries received money to repair their houses that were damaged by the flooding, while others had the joy of having their houses totally rebuilt.
  • mosquito nets and water treatment systems as preventive measures against waterborne diseases like malaria and typhoid fever
  • trainings on how to clean water, as well as sanitation and hygiene practices. Even caregivers take part in these training sessions