Roselanda lives with her stepfather and her mother. Her duties at home include carrying water, gathering firewood and buying or selling in the market. Her stepfather is not employed and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market.
Playing jacks, singing and telling stories are Roselanda's favorite activities. In high school her performance is above average and she also regularly attends church activities, choir and camp.
Please remember Roselanda in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Roselanda lives in Tony-Bainet, home to approximately 4,600 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, mud walls and metal roofs. The primary ethnic group and most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize and beans. Common health problems in this area include coughs, tuberculosis, fever, diarrhea and stomach problems. Most adults in Tony-Bainet are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs drinking water, electricity, hospitals, additional schools, vocational training and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Tony Child Development Center to provide Roselanda with Bible teaching, health screening, medical care, recreational activities, school supplies, uniforms and formal and non-formal education. The center staff will also provide preventative health programs, meetings and project involvement opportunities for the parents or guardians of Roselanda.
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 Jacmel