In his home, Patrick helps by gathering firewood and caring for animals. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed as a farmer and his mother is sometimes employed as a farmer. There are 3 children in the family.
Soccer and running are Patrick's favorite activities. In pre-school his performance is below average and he also regularly attends church activities.
Please remember Patrick in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop.
Patrick lives in the mountainous community of Marchasse, home to approximately 1,800 residents. Typical houses are constructed of wood floors, mud or brick walls and tin roofs. The most commonly spoken language is Creole.
The regional diet consists of maize, guinea pig, fish, cassava, rice and potatoes. Common health problems in this area include malaria, the flu and diarrhea. Most adults in Marchasse are unemployed but some work as animal herders, subsistence farmers or on plantations and earn the equivalent of $14 per month. This community needs a vocational school, a public market and a medical center.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Marchasse CDC to provide Patrick with a Christian education, devotions, health screenings, physical education, celebrations, etiquette lessons, as well as painting, floral art and macramé classes. The center staff will also provide health education, literacy classes and meetings for the parents or guardians of Patrick.
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: Northeast of Belle Anse