Kerline lives with her father and her mother. She is responsible for carrying water, washing clothes and cleaning. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer and her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 9 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Kerline participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, jumping rope and hide-and-seek are her favorite activities.
Because of your sponsorship, Kerline will have new opportunities to learn and grow physically, mentally, and spiritually. Thank you for your concern and prayers.
Kerline lives on the plains of Plaine du Nord, home to approximately 31,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement and have corrugated iron roofs.
The regional diet consists of maize, beans, bananas, chicken, beef, bread, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include flu, malnutrition and diarrhea. Most adults in Plaine du Nord are unemployed but some work as subsistent farmers and earn the equivalent of $50 per month. This community needs employment opportunities, high schools, vocational schools, farming tools and a library.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Plaine du Nord CDC to provide Kerline with Christian education, medical checkups, books, uniforms and tutoring. The center staff will also provide health education, literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of Kerline.
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: Plaine de Nord