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Malaica Jacques  

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  • Age: 6
  • Birthday: October 19, 2009
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Haiti
  • Center: Plaine Mapou Child Development Center
  • Child ID: HA2191002
Malaica lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water and gathering firewood. Her father is not employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Malaica participates in church activities. She is also in pre-school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, listening to music and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.

Please remember Malaica in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Malaica lives in the mountainous community of Plaine Mapou, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Creole and French.

The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include typhoid and malaria. Most adults in Plaine Mapou are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and farming equipment.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Plaine Mapou Child Development Center to provide Malaica with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, educational classes, scholastic materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Malaica.
Haiti occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. A mix of mountains, valleys, lakes, seashores and rivers gives Haiti varied weather conditions. About two-thirds of the terrain is unsuitable for farming.

Haiti is one of the most densely populated and poorest countries in the world. Most Haitians are subsistence farmers who cultivate small plots of land around their mud-and-thatch homes. Most speak Creole, but their official language is French. Catholicism is the major religion, but Voodoo, practiced by roughly half the population, was recognized as an official religion in 2003. Compassion works in nearly every region of the country.

In 1492, Columbus discovered Hispaniola and the island became the center of Spanish rule in the West Indies. The indigenous people were quickly wiped out and slaves were brought from Africa to populate the island. In 1697, Spain ceded half the island to France and this became Haiti. In 1804, a former slave led a revolt and Haiti gained its independence. Forty years later, the eastern part of the island split off to form the Dominican Republic.

Haiti historically has been plagued by political violence. In 1990, Haiti installed its first democratically elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, an ordained Catholic priest. But he was ousted in a bloody military coup and forced to seek asylum in the United States. In 1994 Aristide returned from exile and abolished military rule. He won a second term as president in 2000, but was ousted in 2004 amid allegations of corruption. The current president is René Garcia Préval, elected in May 2006.

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Child's Location: Southwest of Anse-a-Galets

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Your support provides:

  • Medical checkups, which often save lives
  • Nutritious food
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  • Access to special services like surgeries and disaster relief
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  • Most important of all, your sponsored child will hear about Jesus Christ and be encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with God.

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