Sophia lives with her father. Her duties at home include carrying water, caring for animals and washing clothes. There are 3 children in the family. Her father is sometimes employed as a farmer.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Sophia participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Playing with dolls, bicycling and listening to music are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Sophia to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her.
Sophia lives in the mountainous community of Martineau, home to approximately 5,000 residents. Typical houses are constructed of cement or wood floors; adobe or brick walls; and tin roofs. The regional diet consists of maize, beans, chicken, bread, beef, rice and potatoes.
Common health problems in this area include the flu, typhoid, malaria and anemia. Most adults in Martineau are unemployed but some work on plantations or as street vendors and earn the equivalent of $23 per month. This community needs trained teachers, libraries, a high school, vocational training centers and hospitals.
Your sponsorship allows the staff of Martineau Child Development Center to provide Sophia with Bible teaching, health screenings, etiquette training, health education, books, uniforms and educational classes. The center staff will also provide literacy classes, health education and meetings for the parents or guardians of Sophia.
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 Bainet