Dashnika lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include gathering firewood. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
Singing, playing with dolls and listening to music are Dashnika's favorite activities. In primary school her performance is average and she also regularly attends church activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Dashnika will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Dashnika lives in the coastal community of Saint Louis, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, rice, potatoes, bread, beef, rice and chicken. Common health problems in this area include malaria and typhoid fever. Most adults in Saint Louis are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $66 per month. This community needs schools and adult literacy programs.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Saint Louis Child Development Center to provide Dashnika with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, academic support, recreational activities, uniforms and school supplies. The center staff will also provide meetings, educational workshops and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Dashnika.
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.
Map of Haiti
Child's Location: East of Port-de-Paix