Stevens lives with his mother. At home, duties include carrying water, gathering firewood and teaching others. His mother maintains the home. There are 4 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Stevens participates in church activities. He is also in high school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with marbles and art are his favorite activities.
Please remember Stevens in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Stevens lives in the community of Carrefour Des Peres, home to approximately 10,500 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have sheet metal roofs. The primary ethnic group and language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, beef, rice and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include malnutrition, fever, diarrhea and infections. Most adults in Carrefour Des Peres are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $25 per month. This community needs medical centers and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Carrefour Des Peres Child Development Center to provide Stevens with Bible teaching, medical care, recreational activities, social events, preschool classes, books, uniforms and non-formal education. The center staff will also provide meetings and health education for the parents or guardians of Stevens.
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 Cap-Haitien