I am taking a team from my church to Haiti this week.
Please pray for us.
We will be joining Compassion International as we look at the work they are doing through child sponsorship, early child and mother development, leadership development, safe water and the rebuilding of schools and hospitals after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
For those of us who have sponsored children in Haiti, we will be able to meet them and give them gifts. Our sponsored daughter in Haiti is named Ruth.
Our church sponsors hundreds of children through Compassion, many of them in Haiti, and we have invested in a Child Survival Program where mothers get prenatal care and education and new mothers and babies get the medicines and nutrition they need to develop healthy young bodies and minds.
Check out my blog daily, as I will try to write some new posts about our trip while we are there, but if time or the internet do not cooperate, I will definitely be writing about the trip once we get home.
Here are some sobering Haiti statistics:
*Gross national income per capita is US$660, about half the total for Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas.
*78% of Haitians are poor (less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 a day).
*Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
*Half of children under 5 are malnourished.
*80 out of 1,000 Haitian children never see their first birthday.
*50% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school.
*One-third of girls over six never go to school.
Pray for Haiti and the work our church and Compassion are doing there.
I will write as often as I can. God Bless.