Jeffline lives with her grandmother. Her grandmother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. Jeffline works at home carrying water, teaching others and running errands. There are 3 children in the family.
For fun, Jeffline enjoys playing jacks, playing with dolls and listening to music. She attends church activities regularly and is in primary school where her performance is above average.
Your love and support will help Jeffline to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Jeffline lives in the community of St. Michel de l'Attalaye, home to approximately 95,200 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, guinea pig, bread, rice, potatoes, goat and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include coughs, fever, diarrhea and stomachaches. Most adults in St. Michel de l'Attalaye are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $35 per month. This community needs qualified teachers, scholastic materials and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of St. Michel Child Development Center to provide Jeffline with Bible teaching, medical care, recreational activities, social events, books, uniforms and formal and non-formal education. The center staff will also provide meetings and educational workshops for the parents or guardians of Jeffline.
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: Southeast of Gonaives