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.”
Thanks to a quick response from our donors, we were able to send money to our students to help purchase some items for them to start getting back on their feet. Berlyne asked every student what their top 3 priorities were, and we tried to check off as many things off that list as we could. Many students told us they needed a new bed, but due to the high cost of beds that was one item we were unable to purchase for anyone. What we did get them: metal sheets to replace their roofs, wood, cement, clothes, and school supplies.
At times like these, we are so thankful to have Berlyne working with us. We have been able to keep in constant contact and she’s been keeping in touch with our students in return.
Thanks to Berlyne and your donations, we were able to send money right away for Berlyne to purchase some much-needed items for our students and their families: rice, oil, water, water purification tablets, and some other essential home items. Our students were so happy!
We also sent money for our students in Les Cayes. Unfortunately, Les Cayes was hit much harder than Leogane, so Jim has been working tirelessly through Bona Responds and Positive Ripples to provide more help for reconstruction.
Any donations received during the month of October will be set aside and distributed to our students to help them rebuild their home or purchase vital home items (beds, etc.). Berlyne is contacting all of our students this week to see what their “top 3” requests are, and once we have that list and estimated costs, we will begin distributing the money accordingly.
Do you know that just a $10 donation can help buy a new roof for a student’s home? Donate today.
Sometimes, as a board member and fundraiser, this job is overwhelming. We are constantly getting requests from students we cannot help, there is never enough to go around and that is disheartening at times. And sometimes our personal lives get busy too, so adding a non-profit to it can be a lot. Especially 6 years down the road when our students trust and rely on our help.
Sometimes, as a donor, it can be frustrating to always be asked for money, constantly. Especially when you just donated, or when you’re already a monthly donor.
But then a message will pop up from a student in my inbox or through Facebook…and I hope it’s as inspiring to you as a donor, as it is to me, as a board member and donor. This is the message I woke up to from Emmanuel:
Halo my friend! how are you? I just want to thank you for all thing you do for me because of you today I have an extraordinary education. you count on my support I promise you, you will not lose that because I am almost finished the college and I hope to go to university and I hope after I enter in the United States to learn some mor experience just so I can help, because I have as a dream, I want to become a donor also. I can also help, because donor support has allowed me reach this level, thank you so much, much love.
My name is Benjica LEON. I am twenty five years old. I was born on October 19th, 1991 in La Gonave. I live in Buneau Lapointe, Leogane, Haiti . My mother’s name is Monise Alexis and she is from L’Acul, Leogane Haiti. My father’s name is Ramil Leon and he is from La Gonave and he lives there. I am living with my mother, my sister and two of my brothers in the house.
I have four brothers and one sister. My parents are not married, they have six children together: one girl and five boys. My dad is a fisherman and he is 65 years old. My Mother is 60, they are getting old. My parents go to Catholic Church. I go to Baptist Church.
I came live in Leogane since 2006 because there were no secondary schools in Petit – Anse, the small locality that I was living in.
When I was three years old, I was sent to Wesleyenne Kindergarten and Primary school in La Gonave for my elementary studies. And I came to Leogane to continue my studies. To begin my secondary studies, I went to College Lumiere de Leogane and College La Reforme.
My mother likes me so much, she does everything to give me some supports. She is beautiful and a little bit short and she always tells me “look how tall you are’’. She is always telling me stories about myself and I want to share with you little stories that she told me. When I was a little boy, I always liked to play football, rode my friend’s bikes because I did not have one and I liked to eat sugar cane with my friends and my brothers and took the last piece to my mother. You know here in this country we produce the best sugar cane and water melon.
I enjoyed spending time with my grand-mother during my vacation time in La Gonave. Unfortunately, I lost my grand – father two years ago. It was a pleasure to be with these people for Christmas time.
Now, I want to go to University and it is not a big problem for me to do that because Haiti Scholarships is here, helping and available for students in Leogane and you have been doing a great job, my family and I congratulate you for the work that you do and the transparency. I was very lucky to find your contact and I am very glad to be one of your recipients. In a few years, I will become an electrician and a plumber. Thank you so much Donors for you donations. Haiti Scholarships is amazing !!!
Thank you for reading my short story!
I love you.
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