In his home, Ismael helps by carrying water. He lives with his mother. His mother is sometimes employed as a laborer.
Soccer and bicycling are Ismael's favorite activities. In primary school his performance is average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Ismael in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Ismael lives on the plains of Sibert, home to approximately 6,300 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement floors, brick walls and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and vegetables.
Common health problems in this area include fevers, diarrhea and anemia. Most adults in Sibert are unemployed but some work as subsistence farmers and earn the equivalent of $366 per month. This community needs schools and employment opportunities.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Sibert Child Development Center to provide Ismael with Bible teaching, health screening, physical education, etiquette classes, health education, parties, uniforms and scholastic materials. The center staff will also provide literacy classes, health education and meetings for the parents or guardians of Ismael.
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