Ricado lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include gathering firewood, buying or selling in the market and gardening. There are 6 children in the family. His father is not employed and his mother maintains the home.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Ricado participates in church activities and choir. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, telling stories and walking are his favorite activities.
Please remember Ricado in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ricado lives in the mountainous community of Mont-Sichem, home to approximately 1,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, cement walls and corrugated tin roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Creole and French.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, bread and rice. A common health problem in this area is malnutrition. Most adults in Mont-Sichem are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $73 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Mont-Sichem Child Development Center to provide Ricado with Bible teaching, medical exams, health education, recreational activities, academic support and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Ricado.
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: West of Cap Haitien