Sandra makes her home with her father and her mother. Carrying water, washing clothes and helping in the kitchen are her household duties. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
For fun, Sandra enjoys singing, playing with dolls and jumping rope. She attends church activities, choir and camp regularly and is in high school where her performance is above average.
Because of your sponsorship, Sandra will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Sandra lives in the community of Raboteau, Gonaives, home to approximately 40,000 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, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice, potatoes, goat and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include coughs, fever, malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults work as fishers and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs more schools, vocational training centers, employment opportunities, potable water and electricity.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Philadelphia Child Development Center to provide Sandra with Bible teaching, medical checkups and treatment, recreational activities, special celebrations, formal and non-formal education, books and uniforms. The center staff will also provide health promotion and parents' meetings for the parents or guardians of Sandra.
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 Gonaïves