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Simeon Lafimain  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: December 22, 1995
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Haiti
  • Center: Arniquet Child Development Center
  • Child ID: HA3040595
Simeon lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water, gathering firewood and washing clothes. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 4 children in the family.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Simeon participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and choir. He is also in high school where his performance is above average. Soccer, singing and playing with marbles are his favorite activities.

Because of your sponsorship, Simeon will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Simeon lives in the mountainous community of Arniquet, home to approximately 28,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood and have corrugated tin roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Creole.

The regional diet consists of maize, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include typhoid fever, malaria and worm infestations. Most adults in Arniquet are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $64 per month. This community needs agricultural assistance and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Arniquet Child Development Center to provide Simeon with Bible teaching, medical treatment, recreational activities, life skills training, developmental programs, academic support and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Simeon.
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 Les Cayes

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Your tax-deductible contribution of just $38 a month connects a child living in poverty with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program.

Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
  • Medical care
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  • Important life-skills training
  • 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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When children find out they've been sponsored, the joy they feel is indescribable. Just knowing that someone across the globe cares means more than you can imagine. Sponsoring a child in need will profoundly change the future for your child, and will change your own life as well.