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Leina Yolle Bendjina Saint Pierre  

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  • Age: 7
  • Birthday: September 12, 2007
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Haiti
  • Center: Beracca Child Development Center
  • Child ID: HA7310529
    • Waiting: 226 Days for a sponsor.
Leina lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include helping in the kitchen. There are 2 children in the family. Her father is not employed and her mother maintains the home.

For fun, Leina enjoys playing with dolls. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.

Because of your sponsorship, Leina will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Leina lives in the coastal community of Gonaives, home to approximately 7,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have tile roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Creole.

The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever, coughs and diarrhea. Most adults in Gonaives are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $20 per month. This community needs proper sanitation, teachers and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Beracca Child Development Center to provide Leina with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health and hygiene education, educational support and social events. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Leina.
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: In Gonaives

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Your support provides:

  • Food and clean water
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  • 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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