Letter from the Country Director of Haiti

This week, I’m sharing Haiti’s Country Director’s letter. I’ve only corresponded with Alex since April, my first child from Haiti, but I was thrilled to get to write to a child from there. I love learning more about Compassion Haiti’s ministry!

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“Dear Alisa, My name is Guilbaud Saint-Cyr, and I have been serving as the Compassion Haiti country director for 13 years now. The ministry of Compassion began in Haiti in 1968. The Lord has currently blessed us with more than 100,000 registered children in partnership with about 300 local churches.

We feel so grateful for the enthusiastic and generous contribution you have provided to Alex. Our committed sponsors enable children to have hope and a future, and to participate in effective programs designed to shape their lives so they can become responsible and fulfilled Christian adults.

One vivid example is a young man who lived in the poverty of Solino, one of the largest and most dangerous slums in Haiti. One of five children in a family that struggled to meet their basic needs, he became a Compassion-sponsored child at an early age. Through the program, he had access to quality education, Bible training, medical and food support, and income-generating training. Eventually he attained a bachelor’s degree in administration in a prestigious university in Haiti and a master’s degree in discipleship from the Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Today, he is ministering to children in the community where he grew up, reaching out to gang members by modeling the way. He not only meets the needs of his nuclear family and extended family, but he also chose to sponsor two little boys through Compassion – one from his former child development center and another from Colombia.

We have several priorities for the coming year. As a strong and growing ministry in Haiti, we plan to reinforce our partnerships by equipping our church partners with new technology for timely processing and delivery of child information to sponsors, and by helping them serve more children. We are also considering partnership with new denominations in the regions we already operate in to serve the high volume of new children we foresee in the future.

We will continue to implement our WaSH (water, sanitation and hygiene) strategy, started a year ago, consisting of providing water, sanitation and hygiene services coupled with education and awareness training. We can save lives and enhance child development through WaSH initiatives. We are completing our pilot phase with 12 centers and can already see the great impact of the strategy. Our vision is to implement WaSH in all our centers throughout the country.

We are developing a new youth-development strategy to enable all our eligible high-finishing students to fulfill their inner calling and potential through higher education, and transition the current Leadership Development Program model to a broader, integrated approach under the responsibility of churches.

We are fighting tirelessly to eradicate poverty, this evil that takes away our precious children’s hope, dignity, and joy of living. We firmly believe that what happens in the life of a child ripples throughout their environment now and in the future. Each sponsor letter and word of encouragement has untold impact on a child and gives that child back hope, dignity and joy. Please write Alex as often as you can.

Please pray that God’s wisdom will lead us to be more effective in carrying out this ministry of releasing one child at a time from poverty in Jesus’ name. Changed environments may help children, but transformed children will inevitably change their environments. Let us continue to band together to make this happen for the glory of God.

All these great accomplishments and initiatives have been made possible because of wonderful sponsors like you. Thank you again for your partnership and for your commitment to Alex; this is a battle we can’t win without you.

In Jesus, Guilbaud Saint-Cyr”

Letter from Alex’s Pastor

I received this letter earlier in the summer from the pastor of Alex’s center. It’s a lovely letter!

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“Dear Alisa, My name is Ostiné Emile, I am the pastor of the Wesleyan church of Mango. We minister your child at the Child Development Center here. I pray that God is gracious and compassionate for you because of your sponsorship of Alex. Thanks to sponsors’ help many children in the community are accessible to school, hospital, and to God’s word.

Mango is located in the 1st rural section of Anse-á-Galets. It consists of about 1000 people. We do not have access to clean water, latrines, hospital, and roads. We have to walk a long way before finding some clean water. So, the poverty is ravaging that community. We cannot grow our gardens due to a lack of rain. It did not rain for ten months. We lost all our crops.

Without the church in the community, the situation would be worse. The church meets many problems like digging a cistern in order to save water during the drought season. Thanks to the presence of Compassion in the community, the poor condition of the parents is alleviated and many children can read, write, go to hospital and they can hear God’s Word. Also, we create jobs for some people in the community in order to meet their family’s needs. I congratulate every sponsor for this precious ministry for valuing the children. We love the children and we appreciate them. I advise them to become responsible.

I want you to know that the letters and photos mean a lot in the relationship between the sponsored children and their sponsors. It permits them to share piece of information about their family, their country, and their culture. Also, the letters allow the sponsors to inform about the children’s promotion at school, church, club, and in their family. It is very important for the children to know they are loved by receiving letters. I hope you know how valuable your words are and that you will write to Alex regularly.

We have a good staff that consists of teachers and instructors to teach the children Bible verses and stories about Jesus and Moses’ lives. My goal is to have an evangelical church that can transform the community and to make the children become valuable citizens, good Christian leaders, and to reinforce our partnership with Compassion. The children of the center are so different and privileged compared to those who are not part of it because they are transformed.

I cannot stop thanking sponsors for their supports towards the children in the world throughout Compassion International. Through this way they help the churches go further. At church, we are praying for you a lot so that God can bless you much more and give you good health. Please, pray for the children so that God can make a way for them and do efficient work in their lives and that they can always remain in Jesus.

I pray that God give you more blessing. I love you so much! Thanks!

In Christ, Ostiné Emile”

Introducing Alex, and a letter!

I was assigned Alex as a correspondent in late April. He is my first Haitian child, and I am very excited to get to know him! I received a letter from him already, which is awesome!

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Alex is 7 and lives in Haiti.

The letter uses the The Weather template. It says that in his community, the weather is often cool. On his birthday (in January), the weather is usually cold. During the summer, the weather is warm and he likes to play football. When it is rainy, he likes to visit the fields, and during Christmas, it is cold. The letter says: “Alex is really glad to communicate with you. He is very satisfied for your correspondence and the photos. His family and he are well. He likes blue best and to play football. He knows God loves him because He takes care of him and his family. Pray that he’ll grow up in God’s love. He wishes that you’ll succeed in all your enterprises.

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