Changeline lives with her father and her mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gardening and caring for children. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Changeline participates in church activities, Vacation Bible School and youth group. She is also in high school where her performance is above average. Singing, walking and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Changeline to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Changeline lives on the plains of Atrel, home to approximately 6,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, wood walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, fish and rice. Common health problems in this area include flu, malaria, typhoid fever and ringworm. Most adults in Atrel are unemployed but some work as fishers and earn the equivalent of $28 per month. This community needs employment opportunities and secondary schools.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Atrel Child Development Center to furnish Changeline with basic medical exams, health and hygiene education, recreational activities, social events, educational classes, scholastic materials and uniforms. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Changeline.
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 Port-de-Paix