Wilkens lives with his father and his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and gardening. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 5 children in the family.
Soccer, playing with marbles and art are Wilkens's favorite activities. In high school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities, Bible class and choir.
Because of your sponsorship, Wilkens will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Wilkens lives in the community of Morne Chretien, home to approximately 3,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have sheet metal roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, fish, bread, cassava, rice, potatoes, goat and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malaria, respiratory infections, parasites and diarrhea. Most adults in Morne Chretien are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $17 per month. This community needs schools, medical facilities and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Morne Chretien Child Development Center to provide Wilkens with Bible teaching, health instruction, medical care, recreational activities, formal and non-formal education and health insurance. The center staff will also provide Bible teaching and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Wilkens.
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: Southwest of Port-de-Paix