Béthune lives with her father and her mother. Her father is sometimes employed as a teacher and her mother is sometimes employed as a teacher. Béthune works at home carrying water, buying or selling in the market and caring for children. There are 7 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Béthune participates in church activities, choir and camp. She is also in high school where her performance is average. Playing jacks, playing with dolls and jumping rope are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Béthune will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Béthune lives in the community of Petite-Anse (Cap-Haitien), home to approximately 85,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, fish, cassava, rice, goat and vegetables.
Common health problems in this area include fevers, flu and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as market traders and earn the equivalent of $67 per month. This community needs more schools, training for teachers, feeding programs and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Corail Child Development Center to provide Béthune with Christian education, health screening, social events, physical education, academic support, uniforms and books. The center staff will also provide literacy classes, health education and meetings for the parents or guardians of Béthune.
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 Cap-Haitien