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Lazare

  • Child ID: 030605
  • Gender: Male
  • Birth Date: 10/3/2004
  • Country: Ivory Coast
  • Community: Dioulakro
  • Family: guardian
  • School: Public High School
  • $38.00 - Monthly
Lazare is a student at Public High School in Abengourou, Ivory Coast. He is an orphan and lives with a guardian. Lazare is HIV positive. His guardian is a farmer. Lazare's favorite subject in school is English. In his free time, he enjoys soccer. When he grows up, he would like to be a soldier.

Ivory Coast is home to many people groups who began populating the area in the 15th century. Arab traders, Djoula people from northern Africa, the Portuguese, and the French all contributed to Ivory Coast’s history and legacy. Currently, subsistence farming in cocoa, coffee, and palm oil fuel the economy in this often politically unstable country. One in three Ivorians is actually an immigrant from a neighboring country.

Children who attend school in Abengourou through the CMF child sponsorship program receive a Christian education and nutritious food (sometimes their only food for the day), uniforms, medical care, school supplies, extracurricular activities, and counseling. They also gain an understanding of the love of God and the Bible and discover how much they are valued, receiving a vision for a brighter future beyond their current circumstances.

Dioulakro is a community in Abengourou where CMF's missionaries settled to begin outreach to the Muslim Djoula people group.Mosques are everywhere and the people take pride in being Muslim. However, while they listen to the local Muslim priest at the mosque on Friday, they turn to the witch doctors for charms and cures when they are in trouble.

CMF operates a pediatric clinic in Abengourou that meets the health needs of local children and expectant mothers and HIV/AIDS patients, as well as providing contact with Djoula-speaking people. Ivory Coast is a country that desperately needs the Good News of Jesus Christ.

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