Derisson lives with his father and his mother. He is responsible for carrying water and caring for animals. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother maintains the home. There are 3 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Derisson participates in church activities. He is also in primary school where his performance is above average. Playing with cars, walking and running are his favorite activities.
Please remember Derisson in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Derisson lives on the plains of Cortade (Arcahaie), home to approximately 15,000 residents. Typical homes are constructed of cement floors, brick or cement walls and corrugated iron roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of beans, bananas, chicken, guinea pig, fish, bread, beef, rice, goat and vegetables. Common health problems in this area include typhoid, malaria, measles, flu and diarrhea. Most adults are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $60 per month. This community needs a business center, employment opportunities, hospital and recreation center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Cortade Child Development Center to provide Derisson with Christian education, health screenings, health education, physical education, academic support, scholastic materials and school uniforms. The project staff will also provide health education, literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of Derisson.
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: Northwest of Croix des Bouquets