Orphnica lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and washing clothes. Her father is sometimes employed as a laborer and her mother maintains the home. There are 12 children in the family.
Ping pong, basketball and singing are Orphnica's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities, Vacation Bible School and choir.
Please remember Orphnica in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Orphnica lives in the mountainous community of Jean-Rabel, home to approximately 60,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, grass walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Creole and French.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken and bread. Common health problems in this area include fever, typhoid and malaria. Most adults in Jean-Rabel are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $21 per month. This community needs school, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of the Jean-Rabel Child Development Center to provide Orphnica with Bible teaching, medical exams, health 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 Orphnica.
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: South west of Port-de-Paix