Student in Focus: Darlain Saint Juste


My name is Smith Lauber Darlain SAINT – JUSTE. I am twenty four years old. I was born May 14, 1993 in a hospital called Sainte-Croix which is in Leogane, Haiti. My mother’s name is Helene Felix. SAINT – JUSTE Lissama is my father’s name. My parents are not married, but they have been living together for many years. They have four children together, one boy and three girls. I am the only boy of my mother and I am also the first child of my family. My father has two other children with two different women, that means he has six children in total, two boys and four girls. I live with six people: My father, my mother, three of my sisters and my niece. I have four sisters and one brother.

On Sundays, I go to Sainte-Croix Episcopal Church. l always take my niece with me to church.

I went to Joyeux Soleil kindergarten when I was three years old. After kindergarten I went to a primary school called la Redemption de Leogane, then Lycee Anacaona and Phoenix where I completed my secondary education. I am in my second year at Gonaives law school. I will be a great lawyer soon.

I will put myself at the service of the most vulnerable of the country. I will defend women especially and I would like to work with women organizations to fight violence against women and promote human rights respect in Haiti. I have a lot of dreams for this country. I want to have a country where dreams come true, a country like the others who are on the path of development.

Haiti needs big changes: Children need to live in healthy and clean spaces as we all deserve to live as people. We need to be well educated. Thank you Haiti Scholarships for your great contribution in education in Haiti. You are our treasure. My father does not work and my mother has a small business. You have been supporting us for years, three out of six children of the family. I cannot find the words to express our joy and gratitude. I know you want to help more people, but you do not have enough funds to do it. This is exactly why we need you Donors. Your help is very much appreciated here. Without your donations, Haiti Scholarships cannot help us. Please continue to help us and you will never regret it. We love you and we pray for you all.

Thank you for reading my story.

Darlain L. S. SAINT – JUSTE

Darlain is right: there is always a need for more scholarships.  We have been fortunate in the last few years to have amazing donors that allow us to add one to two more scholarships per year.  Please help us secure that extra scholarship for 2018-2019 by donating today.

January 2018 Student Updates

Last month, students met up at the local internet cafe in Leogane to fill out their updates and to hear a presentation about sexual harassment.

Here are some of the updates our students provided:

Jean Emmanuel: I participated in a cultural project in the town of leogane where I live. It is an institution called Rara Yogann, institution that sells image culture that we have in leogane that is rara. I’m a photography, videography and technician of (rara yogann).

Yeye: I would like to thank you for your support. My school does not send me back home for money because Haiti Scholarships always makes payments on time. I love you so much.  Yeye enjoyed “docimology,” which is the study of the assessment of tests.

Valentina enjoyed learning about geology, but found her math class a bit challenging.  She is currently taking the following classes: Haiti Story, Biology, Geology, French, English, Creole, Spanish, Art and Culture, Math.

Mesidor is studying finance at ANDC (university) and is enrolled in the following courses: Planification, Search methodology, Accounting financial, Audit, Financial econometric.

Rickmailey: Thank you Haiti scholarships for your support. My family and I are very grateful for everything you do in Haiti.

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Student in Focus: Mathelier Odiger

Hi everyone,

My name is Mathelier Odiger. I am 21 years old. I was born on February 6th, 1996 in Carrefour. I am Haitian. My mother’s name Marie – Lourdes RAMEAU, she is 57 years old. She used to work as a maid. My father was Soimelon ODIGER.  Unfortunately, he died when I was still a baby, I did not know him very well. My mother said that he was a good man, he was a mechanic. They were not married, they were living together and had four children, a girl and three boys. I am the youngest. He had a job and was supporting the family economically. One night, after work, he was not feeling well, my mother took him to hospital, a few days later he died.

Ever since, it has been a tragedy for my mother to take care of four children, she is struggling with all her strength. We have been living in Leogane for many years. My mother found a job in Leogane, she was working as a maid in a house, there were many houses on the property, we rented a small one to stay.

Ma petite ecole IPL was the name of my kindergarten and primary school, then I went to College Chretien Emmanuel and I am now in 3eme at College Classique de Leogane.

Three years ago, I accepted Jesus in my life, everybody in my family has God for Father. Do you know what happened last year? We were asked to leave the house because of our faith in God. We are currently living in a community called Flon in Leogane.

God has sent to me a friend, her name is Kona Shen.  I was a little boy when she was visiting Haiti and saw me and decided to help my mother with my education. Thanks to her, I am part of Haiti Scholarships family.

I would like to become a doctor in the future. When I become Surgeon, I will find a job in the hospital  and help children in the street, feed them and put them in school.

Thank you Haiti Scholarships for all your support. I am praying for you so you continue the program. I will ask my God to bless all people who are donating for the students to have a better future.

Mathelier ODIGER (“Loulou”)

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Student in Focus: Nelzida Petit-Frere


My name is Nelzida Petit-Frere.  I was born in September 14th, 2003 in Haut Mithon Leogane, Haiti and I am living in the same community. I am 14 years old. My mother’s name is Nelia Lovince, she is a seamstress and my father’s name is Franckel Petit-Frere, he is a gardener. I have four brothers and one sister. My parents have five children together, four boys and one girl, just me and I am also the youngest child in the family. My father has another daughter, she is the oldest child of my Dad. My father had her before he was with my Mother and she lives in another community with her mother.

I go to Institution Mixte La Probite de Chatuley and I am in 8th grade. I love going to school and I also enjoy doing the chores, I collect water with my brothers for our family. I like to help my family a lot. I am a great cook, they love the food every time I cook. My favorite meal is rice and bean sauce with mashed vegetables.

I am Christian. I go to church every Saturday. Adventist of the 7th day. I have church on Saturday at 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and on Sunday and Wednesday, we have services in the afternoon.

After my secondary studies, I want to become a Nurse because I want to take care of the sick and I would like to be very good at using computer.

Thank you HAITI SCHOLARSHIPS.  My parents and I love you so much and we appreciate your help. When we received the phone call to let us know that I am selected to receive a scholarship from you, we were so happy. I did not have uniform, anything ready for school. My parents did not know what to do to send me to school this year and please do not forget they have four boys to support too and my Father has one more child.

Thank you so much for helping Haitian People. Life in Haiti is not easy here, it’s complicated. Thank you for supporting education.

-Nelzida PETIT – FRERE

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Student in Focus: Jean Wesley Laurore



My name is Wesley Jean Laurore. I am 16 years old. I was born May 5, 2001 in Leogane, Haiti.  My mother’s name is Jacqueline Victor and she is 37 years old. Wesley Laurore is my father’s name and he is 41 years old. My parents are not married, but they have been living together for a long time. They have two children together, two boys and I would like to have a sister. My little brother is five, he is so cute with long hair. I live with eight people including my uncle, cousins, etc. Both of my grandmothers are alive. On Sundays, I go with my family to St. Rose Catholic Church.

I went to kindergarten at Ribambellle when I was three. After kindergarten, I went to primary school called Wesleyenne de Leogane. Right now, I am in secondary school at Maison-Oeuvre de Leogane. I am in secondaire 1. I will finish secondary school in three years. I’m having exams right now and I will be successful. I speak two languages : Haitian Creole and French. My favorite subjects are Chemistry and Biology . School starts at 7:00am and ends at 2:00pm, but on Fridays we have sports class and we have to stay until 3:30pm. Before school, I like to go on runs.

I do everything at home just like women, but I’m not very good at doing laundry. I like to sweep and mop the floors. I know how to do the dishes because, as the oldest, a lot of the chores are given to me. I also cook for my family, but I can only make pasta. My favorite meal is rice and bean sauce with mashed vegetables.

When I am older, I want to become a doctor, a Surgeon because I want to take care of the sick and I enjoy working with other people. I hope to attend a university in Port-au-Prince. After the study, I would like to work in Leogane.

There is one thing that inspired me to become Surgeon. After the earthquake, I had seen too many people in pain, with broken legs and arms. They were crying, suffering too much and I was watching them and I was not able to do anything about that. Some of them did not get the chance to be seen on time by the Doctors. Haiti does not have enough good Doctors.

And you know that your help through your donation is so important for Haitian People. Thank you HAITI SCHOLARSHIPS and thank you DONORS. And I will pray for you so God will always give you something to share with us. My parents and I love you so much!

Jean Wesley LAURORE

Donate today to help Jean Wesley become a surgeon and give back to his community.  Your donation is tax deductible.


Student in Focus: Valentina Bernard



My name is Valentina Bernard. I am fifteen  years old.  I am living in Portail Ca Ira,  Leogane Haiti. I was born on September 9th, 2001  in a small community  called Buneau Lapointe in Leogane. My mother’s name is Louisita Garcon and she lives in Dufort, Leogane.  My father is Yves Marcelin Bernard and he lives on Rue Lavandiere, Leogane. My parents are not married.  They only had me together. My father has one child, just me and my mother has three children: two girls and one boy, I am her second child. So, I have one sister and one brother.

I am living with four people in the house : my grandmother, my aunt and my cousins. I go to Saint – Rose  Catholic church with my grandmother every Sunday. My grandmother has three children and she still looks young.

My  favorite sport is jump rope. I do everything at home : cooking,  laundry, make  beds,  water collection, ect….

My kindergarten school was Joyeux Soleil Kindergarten.  Saint – Rose de Lima and Ecole Nationale des filles had been my two Primary schools.  I am in 8th Grade in La Redemption.  It is twenty minutes walking from my house to school. I leave home at 6 : 40 AM every morning, because school starts at 7 and finishes at 3 : 00 PM  and  I come back home a 3 PM.

I have got future dreams after school, I would like to become a Police Officer and a Nurse.  

I am asthmatic. Warm weather is okay for me. When it is hot or cold, I am terrible, very very sick, I have shortness of breath. It is hard for me, and I do not even have good treatment, no inhaler. And I do not know if asthma can be treated. I need your prayers.

I would like to thank Haiti scholarships for taking care of me. I do not  forget what you did for the children after the hurricane Matthew, you visited us to make sure that we were safe, you helped us with food and repaired our homes. You had checked on me all the time.  I do not forget anything. You are good people. And I also want to thank the Donors for big support.  I love you so much. I do not know what my family would do without your great contribution in our education.

May my Lord bless and protect  you all!

Valentina Bernard

There is so much more to each of our student’s lives, and we are so thankful you get to learn a little more about each of them and their struggles and dreams.  Thank you for being a beacon of light.

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Student in Focus: Rickmailey Maurice


My name is Rickmailey MAURICE. I am thirteen years old. I was born on October 7th, 2003 in Leogane.  My mother ‘s name is Carmene Maurice. My father’s name is Ulrick Macean, he lives in United States. They are from Leogane, Haiti. I am living in Cite Napoleon with three  people: my mother, one of my sisters, and one brother. 

Mom and Dad have one child together, just me.  My mother has five children: three girls and two boys. My father has four children: three  girls  and one boy, I am his only boy. Because my father is married, I cannot  have his last name. This is the reason why I am MAURICE like my mother. I look like my father, I would like to have the same life like the children who are living with their parents, their loved ones. I miss that so much. I don’t think that I am responsible and that makes very sad.  I do not deserve that life, a life without your father. That makes me nervous, frustrated and stressed sometimes.

My father has two girls living in Leogane and the other one lives with him and his wife in USA. He used to give me some help, it’s been two years since I have not heard from him. His wife does not like me and she does not want him to help me. I will see him whenever he comes to visit his daughters. I am certain that he will come visit me too. This is the only moment that we can spend some time together.  

I have six sisters and two brothers and I am the last child of my mother. I like her so much, but I look like my dad. Every time mom does our laundry, I am the one to go collect water for the house. I like to help my family, I go shopping for them, and sometimes I am a good cook, if you try my pasta cooked just one time, you will want it every day, I am telling you.

I go to Catholic church, because it is an obligation for my school.  And the rest of my family goes to Protestant’s church.   

L’Abeille  Kindergarten was my first Kindergarten  preschool. I am currently  in 6th grade at Institut Abellard de Leogane for my primary studies, then next year, I will be  going to secondary school in September  and I am very excited about  that. To make this possible, I have been working so hard in school to maintain good notes. And I feel ready for the final official exam from the National Education Ministry.

I enjoy  going to school, it is the real and exact  place to be educated. After my studies,  I would like to be an Engineer in the future. Classes start  at 7: 45   A M  until 4 PM. Except  Friday, my school is closed at noon.

Before ending my story, please let me take a moment to  thank Haiti Scholarships and Donors  for everything that you have been doing for Haitian people. I have heard about you from my beautiful sister, Fana.

 I love you so much, My Mother prays for all Staff  members  everyday. Your work is priceless.  
It is so enormous and indispensable for this country. Thank you so much. Keep it up!

Rickmailey MAURICE  

There is so much more to each of our student’s lives, and we are so thankful you get to learn a little more about each of them and their struggles and dreams.  Thank you for being a beacon of light.

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Student in Focus: Witchline Julien


My name is Witchline JULIEN . I am fourteen years old. I was born on January 8 th , 2002 in Leogane. I am living in Leogane, Haiti .

My mother’s name is Rosemie Saint – Claude, she is from Bainet, Leogane Haiti. My father’s name is Romelo Julien and he is from Leogane. I am living with my mother, my two little brothers and my grand Father in the house, my Mother’s father is blind and I enjoy helping him with everything that he needs.

My brothers are six and two years old and I have one sister that is not my Mother’s child, my father’ s daughter, she is five years old. I have two uncles and three aunts.

My parents are married, they have three children together. My father is a Catholic Christian, my Mother and I go to Baptist Church. I am not a good singer but I sing at church in a choir.

I went to Malaury Kindergarten and my primary school was Wesleyenne to receive my elementary formations. I am at ICMO for my secondary studies, three more school years, then I will be done with secondary studies. I like to go to school.

I have dreams for the future, go to university to learn about medicine because I would love to become a Doctor to take care of people and save lives.

I am a very timid girl who likes to laugh all the time. I like to study, to learn, to collaborate with my neighbors to keep our town clean. One of my favorite things that I like to do is cooking and I always help my Mother prepare a lot of things after school.

In 2010, during the earthquake, I was hit by a fence in my head. I was unconscious for two days. Even after the two days, I was not able to open my eyes. I had stayed at CDC hospital for two weeks. My Mother said that the Doctor wanted to cut my right ear because it was separated by the blocks. I could talk to people again four days later. That was a big tragedy. Thanks God, I am alive today. I have scars in my head, my ear and my forehead.

I want to take this moment to thank you Haiti Scholarships for your economic support that you are providing to me. My family has four children in total to take care of, three to send to school now, and your contribution is very important. You are messengers from God to the students of Leogane and you have been doing a great job. I am very lucky to have you helping. Thank you so much Donors for youdonations. Our schools have been paid because you have donated and please never stop donating because you are helping changing life here in Haiti.

Thank you for reading my story!

I love you so much and I know that my Lord will fill you with blessings!

Witchline Julien


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Student in Focus: Ertha Baptiste

Hi Everybody,

My name is Ertha BAPTISTE. I am nineteen years old. I am living in Leogane but not from here. I was born on April 9th , 1997 in a city called Jeremie. My mother’s name is Velie TOUSSAINT. My father is Wilson BAPTISTE. My parents are not married and living together in Jeremie. They have been living together for a very long time and they have eight children, four boys and four girls. I am their fifth child.

I have three sisters, four brothers and a niece. I am a Catholic Christian. My parents are not religious.

I was eight years old when my parents were visiting a friend in Leogane, the daughter of my mother ‘s neighbor. My parents decided to leave without me. I did not want to stay, I cried a lot. They told me that I am staying with their friend in Leogane. I cried so much but I had no other choice.

They have been very nice to me. They have two children, two boys. They love me like their own children.

I am living with six people.

I like them very much too because they have been taking care of me since I was eight and they are the ones who gave to me the opportunity to go to school. And you can imagine what are the feelings that you have when you are going to school for the very first time of your life. Yes, I was happy.

My first primary school was a Catholic school , it’s called Saint – Rose de Lima de Leogane for six years. I went to that school every afternoon. One of my sisters who was living somewhere in Leogane went to the same school as me. And I will never forget what happened to us January 12th, 2010.

The other students were teasing us and we did not want to sit down on the benches on that day, they were pushing us, there were no room for us, we were standing up. When the ground was shaking, we ran out very fast. And the building was very big and it was totally collapsed. We were crying and asking God to save us, some people under the rubble were crying too, we could not do anything to help them, we had no tools for demolition. We saw lots of blood, lots of dead bodies at the school, in the streets.

We lost three of the Nuns, one was the Mother Superior, three people that were working in the kitchen and more than twenty nine students. That was a tragic event and we still can not explain exactly what really happened.

Then I went to Lycee Anacaona for my secondary studies every morning for two years. I was not too good for that school, they did not keep me at that school. I have been going to Institut Maison – Oeuvre de Leogane for two years, I am in Second.

After my secondary studies, I would like to go to nursing school to become a nurse. And you know that I need you help and support. Everything is possible with you HAITI SCHOLARSHIPS and you Donors. Please do not be discouraged, your work is very appreciated here. And I will pray the Lord to give you more opportunity.

May God bless you!


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Students Help Clean Up

Our students got together yesterday near Benjica’s home and helped clean up the community.  Part of a requirement of receiving a scholarship from Haiti Scholarships is that students will give back to their communities.  And what better time than right now!

14 students worked hard for about 4 hours.  From Berlyne: “Also, I know that you don’t burn trash in the States. But here we do. People were very happy to see us doing that for them, because it is been so long since they had been waiting for the mayor’s office worker to clean up and no one came. They gave us two rakes and a shovel from the Pastor and we gave them back to them after.”

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