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Student in Focus: Jean Wesley Laurore

 

Hello,

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

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Student in Focus: Valentina Bernard

 

Hello

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

Hello,

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

Hello,

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!

Ertha BAPTISTE

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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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Hurricane Matthew: Rebuilding

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.

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Hurricane Matthew Response

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.

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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!

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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.

It’s worth it…

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.

Student in Focus: Leon Benjica

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Hello,

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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