Joy and laughter triumph over poverty and unrest in Haiti
Over recent months, many major Haitian cities including Port au Prince, Gonaives, and Cap Haitian have been experiencing violent socio-political crisis. Demonstrators are asking President Moise to resign upon allegations of corruption.
Whilst the violent protests and unrest of the last year have now subsided, there are still major threats to the safety and wellbeing of people in Haiti. Sadly, many schools, churches and hospitals remain closed and ongoing difficulties with the reconstruction and rebuilding efforts have led to serious questions being asked about corruption within the country.
However, despite the volatility, Compassion project staff are continuing to work to help those affected by the ongoing socio-economic situation. Project staff are doing their utmost to ensure that all Compassion-supported children have access to the essentials that they need for education, health and well-being.
At one Compassion project the need for a glimmer of normality was so strong that the staff and children recently decided to hold a fun fair.
More than 300 children from the local Compassion project and the surrounding area came together for a reprieve from the turmoil and anxiety of the last few months. Face painting, games, music and even a clown provided much needed laughter and fun to the families.
“I am very happy to be able to see my friends and spend some time together,” said Compassion sponsored child Naila, age 10.
Also helping to provide some joy in the midst of despair and deprivation was Compassion graduate James Bazile, who wanted to give back to his community by paying for the clown.
“I benefited a lot from Compassion and I will be always grateful to my sponsored family who cared about me for years. I would not miss any occasion to share something with the children sponsored through Compassion.”
Church leaders and Compassion Haiti national office staff are monitoring the situation very closely to assist families as much as possible.
“Haiti is one of the most vulnerable countries to extreme weather events and has long had chronic problems trying to feed its population," explains Guilbaud Saint-Cyr, Compassion Haiti National Director.
"Besides this catastrophic situation, the country has been facing interminable political instability since last year.
"We believe that God has appointed us for a time like this and want to do the best we can to keep bringing hope to our dear sponsored children and youth. We are working alongside our church partners to provide appropriate holistic support to them in this trial time that our nation has been facing. We rely on the prayers of the spiritual warriors throughout our partners.”
As always, we'll contact you if your sponsored child has been directly affected.
Continue to pray for stability and peace within Haiti.
Pray that the children would be protected from any ongoing violence and unrest and would be kept safe.
Pray for the reopening of churches, schools and hospitals and the provision of food, medicine and fuel for those in need.
Continue to pray for the Compassion Haiti National Office as they coordinate with church partners and for wisdom as they make decisions about how best to support the Compassion projects throughout Haiti.
Pray that breakthroughs would be made in the reconstruction and rebuilding of Haiti.
Father we pray for your peace for Haiti. We pray that no more children would be injured by the violence. We pray for a swift resolution that will bring stability and security. We ask that this nation would know your justice and hope. In Jesus' mighty name we pray. Amen
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