In her home, Josiane helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Josiane participates in church activities and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Singing, telling stories and reading are her favorite activities.
Please remember Josiane in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Josiane lives in the mountainous community of Limbé, home to approximately 47,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, brick walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include tuberculosis, diarrhea, malaria and malnutrition. Most adults in Limbe are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $37 per month. This community needs scholastic materials, schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Limbé Child Development Center to provide Josiane with Bible teaching, medical exams, health and hygiene campaigns, recreational activities, educational classes and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide committees and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Josiane.
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: Southwest of Cap-Haitian