Covering the World in Prayer: Caribbean
Pray for recovery efforts in Haiti.This nation of more than 10 million is on the slow path to recovery after the 2010 earthquake killed about 220,000 people, displaced millions, and destroyed much of Haiti’s already-weak infrastructure. World Vision is helping families transition from temporary camps to safer, more permanent living situations. Pray for continued progress in rebuilding and development.
Pray for improved health for Haitians and Dominicans.Since the 2010 earthquake, cholera has killed 7,750 citizens and infected more than 620,000 in Haiti. HIV also is on the rise in the Dominican Republic. More than 52,000 people live with the virus, including 5,000 children younger than 5. To address these and other health issues, World Vision operates community health centers and sanitation and hygiene programs. Pray for better access to health services, clean water, and adequate hygiene and sanitation facilities.
Pray for exploited children in Haiti.Roughly 225,000 Haitian children ages 5 through 17 are forced to work in households up to 14 hours per day. Families that can’t afford their children’s care often send them to friends or relatives, hoping they will have a better life. In some cases, these children also are abused or neglected. Pray that families can find ways to provide for their children’s needs.
Pray for food security in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.Beyond the 2010 earthquake, severe storms have caused flooding and loss of agricultural production in both countries. In late 2012, Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy pushed Haiti into a food crisis. About 38 percent of the population is now considered food-insecure, and the Dominican economy has lost $30 million in agricultural production. Pray for World Vision’s work that is helping farmers recover by improving their agriculture techniques and irrigation systems.
Pray for those affected by domestic violence in the Dominican Republic.Nearly 200 women in the Dominican Republic were killed by their partners or former partners in 2012. In some cases, children were also killed — in part due to a justice system slow to protect women and children. World Vision strives to influence government policy and works with community leaders to nurture children spiritually, lift up their voices, and protect them from domestic violence. Pray that leaders will truly protect families.
Pray that Dominican Republic youth can attend secondary school.Although 82 percent of Dominican children are enrolled in primary school, just 56 percent of boys and 68 percent of girls go on to secondary school. About 190,000 orphans are at particularly high risk of exploitation due to lack of resources, few child-rights advocates, and limited educational opportunities. World Vision provides tutoring and vocational training services to Dominican Republic youth. Pray that more young people will have access to education and grow in the knowledge of God.