Rosemond makes his home with his father. Carrying water, gathering firewood and caring for animals are his household duties. His father is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 5 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Rosemond participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is average. Soccer, playing with cars and playing group games are his favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Rosemond will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Rosemond lives in the community of Béraud-Torbeck, home to approximately 13,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement with corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, guinea pig, bread and rice. Common health problems in this area include coughs, malaria, typhoid fever and diarrhea. Most adults in Béraud-Torbeck are unemployed but some work on plantations and earn the equivalent of $51 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, schools and educational materials.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Béraud Child Development Center to provide Rosemond with Bible teaching, health screening, health education, physical education, educational classes, books and uniforms. The center staff will also provide health education, literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of Rosemond.
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 Cayes