In her home, Kersona helps by carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. She lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed and her mother maintains the home. There are 5 children in the family.
For fun, Kersona enjoys singing, telling stories and playing house. She attends church activities, choir and camp regularly and is in high school where her performance is average.
Please remember Kersona in your prayers. Your love and support will help her to receive the assistance she needs to grow and develop.
Kersona lives on the plains of Bienac, home to approximately 30,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of beans, chicken, guinea pig, bread, beef, plantains and rice. Common health problems in this area include fevers, malaria, typhoid, flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Bienac are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $42 per month. This community needs schools, employment opportunities and recreation centers.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Bienac Child Development Center to provide Kersona with Bible teaching, health screening, clubs, etiquette training, educational classes, books and uniforms. The center staff will also provide health education, literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of Kersona.
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: North Gonaives