Valentz lives with his father and his mother. His father is employed as a church worker and his mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. Valentz works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and making beds.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Valentz participates in church activities, Bible class and camp. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Soccer, singing and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Valentz in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Valentz lives in the mountainous community of Dondon, home to approximately 35,200 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans and bananas. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, diarrhea and tuberculosis. Most adults in Dondon are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community has water and electricity but needs employment opportunities and literacy training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Dondon Child Development Center to provide Valentz with Bible teaching, health and hygiene education, medical exams, recreational activities, social events, preschool, formal and non-formal education, uniforms and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide meetings, educational workshops and opportunities for project involvement for the parents or guardians of Valentz.
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 of Cap-Haitien