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

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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

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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: 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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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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Student in Focus: Leon Benjica



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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Student in Focus: Marlene Saint – Elus

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I am Marlene Saint – Elus. I am twenty six years old . I was born in Thomonde, which is located in the Central Department of Haiti. I live in Santo, Leogane Haiti.

My mothers ’s name was Rosette Desir, she was fifty two years old. She died on December 7th , 2015 in Thomonde. She had four children : two girls and two boys . My mother lost one of her boys who was living in Dominican Republic in a motorcycle accident in January 2015. A few months later, I lost my mother in the same year.

My father’s name is Jean-Claude Saint – Elus. He is fourty eight years old. He has five children : two girls and three boys , in total I have six step siblings because my father and mother only had me together . I am my dad’s first child and the third of my mom.

Since I was seven month, I lived with my grand mother, my father’s mother. I was in 9eme ( Secondary ) and my mom and dad could not afford paying school. I was going to stop going to school. And my mother called my brother that was living in Port – au – Prince to ask for help. And I was sent to Port- au-Prince to experience another life. I stayed there living with my brother and his family. He has three children. So, six people were living in the same house. Two years later, we could not get along. I left my brother’s house to come live here in Leogane with my uncle.

I am living with four people : my uncle, his wife and his grandson and granddaughter. And I have been living with them for three years.

I did not go to kindergarten school. I was sent to Ecole Methodiste Wesleyenne when I was six for my primary studies. And I went to many other schools for my secondary studies. And I am now in ENRAF ( Ecole Normale Rubert A. Ferdinand ) a vocational school in Leogane. I am still in school because HAITI SCHOLARSHIPS has been doing a PRECIOUS job here in Haiti, helping children and youth with their education. I will graduate next year. Please DONORS, NEVER STOP DONATING.

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This is the story of my life. Thank you for reading it!

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