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Dieu-Benise Medard  

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  • Age: 18
  • Birthday: August 20, 1996
  • Gender: Female
  • Location: Haiti
  • Center: Savane Carré Child Development Center
  • Child ID: HA7340266
Dieu-Benise lives with her father and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.

As part of Compassion's ministry, Dieu-Benise participates in church activities, choir and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is below average. Playing with dolls, walking and jumping rope are her favorite activities.

Your love and support will help Dieu-Benise to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Dieu-Benise lives on the plains of Savane Carré, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are Creole and French.

The regional diet consists of maize, plantains, beans, bread and goat. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, malaria, diarrhea and typhoid fever. Most adults in Savane Carré are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs schools, vocational training, potable water, electricity, health facilities and employment opportunities.

Your sponsorship allows the staff of Savane Carré Child Development Center to provide Dieu-Benise with Bible teaching, health education, academic support, literacy training, medical care and etiquette classes. The center staff will also provide educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Dieu-Benise.
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: East of Gonaives

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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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