Fidmiania makes her home with her mother. Carrying water, sewing and buying or selling in the market are her household duties. Her mother maintains the home. There are 2 children in the family.
Playing a musical instrument, swimming and singing are Fidmiania's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities, youth group and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Fidmiania will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Fidmiania lives on the plains of Vertières, home to approximately 9,700 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have sheet metal roofs. The most commonly spoken languages are French and Creole.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, cassava, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include malaria, typhoid fever and diarrhea. Most adults in Vertières are unemployed but some work as day laborers and earn the equivalent of $22 per month. This community needs more schools, qualified teachers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Vertières Child Development Center to provide Fidmiania with Bible teaching, medical checkups, health education, recreational activities, literacy classes, tuition and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide literacy classes and family planning workshops for the parents or guardians of Fidmiania.
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