On the northeast coast of La Gonave lies a tiny village called Trulejean (TRUE-LEH-JAHN). Through a translator, Compassion’s Trulejean program director, tells me what the children of his coastal village face every day.
“The children in this area have many problems: economy problems, health problems; we must go far from here to find a hospital,” says Paul.
According to Starfysh, one out of every 13 children dies before their fifth birthday. Diarrhea causes more deaths than any other illness, and three-fourths of La Gonave’s children are infected with an intestinal parasite.
Compassion works with the local church to run feeding programs, provide basic health care, education, sanitation training and the Gospel. Nearly 300 Trulejean children are divided into two age groups: 0-3 years old and 6-8 years old. Compassion also has a program for soon-to-be moms.
A new school is being built to give even more kids an education.Through Starfysh’s microenterprise program, a Haitian contractor was able to purchase a planer for the school’s construction.
“We think the children will have the best place to learn, and we think the teachers, too, will have the best place to teach to the children,” Paul states.
Sponsorship makes it possible for Trulejean’s children to participate in Compassion’s program, which also introduces them to the Gospel.
“The children must go to church,” says Paul. “We are interested in the children to go to church.”
A pair of Compassion sponsors recently had a chance to see the program first-hand. While serving on La Gonave this week, Dan and Cherese Gordon, and daughter Stella, traveled with Starfysh to Trulejean.
There they met their sponsored child, 10-year old Mahu, and his parents. At Mahu’s home, the Gordon family fellow-shipped with Mahu’s family and presented him with gifts.
“The same God who brought you from Michigan to Florida to here is the same God who will bring you back,” said Mahu’s father as a blessing. Through a translator, he explains to the Gordon family that without them, he wouldn’t be able to send Mahu to school.
Compassion’s child sponsorships in the western region of Haiti, which includes La Gonave, provide learning opportunities, nutritious meals, medical assistance and hygiene training. Tutoring helps make up for any school deficiencies, and most importantly, they learn about the love of Jesus.
Most of Trulejean’s 291 children are sponsored through Compassion, but two dozen are still in need. Click here to help ensure a child’s wellbeing.