Jean lives with his father and his mother. His duties at home include carrying water and cleaning. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer.
For fun, Jean enjoys singing, art and reading. He attends church activities regularly and is in pre-school where his performance is average.
Your love and support will help Jean to receive the assistance he needs to develop his potential. Please pray for him.
Jean lives in the mountainous community of Loncy, home to approximately 3,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, adobe walls and tin roofs.
The regional diet consists of bananas, beans, beef, bread, chicken, maize and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, fever and diarrhea. Most adults in Loncy are unemployed but some work as animal herders, street vendors or subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $15 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, drinking water, electricity, schools and qualified teachers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Loncy Child Development Center to provide Jean with Bible teaching, picnics, retreats, health screenings, supplemental food, vaccinations, health and hygiene education, community service opportunities, talent development, life skills training, educational assistance and computer classes. The center staff will also provide health education, meetings and literacy classes for the parents or guardians of Jean.
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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