In his home, Jhonset helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and gardening. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Jhonset participates in church activities, Bible class and youth group. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Rolling a hoop, soccer and swimming are his favorite activities.
Please remember Jhonset in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Jhonset lives on the plains of Baie des Moustiques, home to approximately 11,900 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have sheet metal roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, plantains, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, respiratory infections, typhoid fever and intestinal parasites. Most adults are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $28 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, schools and literacy training.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Baie des Moustiques Child Development Center to provide Jhonset with Bible teaching, medical care, health education, uniforms, school supplies, tuition and educational classes. The center staff will also provide educational classes for the parents or guardians of Jhonset.
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: West of Port-de-Paix