Student in Focus: Darlain Saint Juste

Hello,

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: 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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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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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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Student in Focus: Marlene Saint – Elus

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Hello,

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.

Because your donations have been well – used. You can continue to save

lives.

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

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Student in Focus: Pierre Wilby

By Pierre Wilby and Berlyne Bien-Aime

 

Hello,

Here is my short story. Please read it!

My name is Pierre Wilby. I am twenty six years old. I am from Petite – Anse, La Gonave, Haiti. I live in Belval, Leogane. I am living with four people. My mother ‘s name is Weseline Charles. My father’s name is Dieula Pierre. My mom and my dad are living in La Gonave. My mother has eight children in total and my father has three children. They have three children together and I am the third one. I have

eight brothers and one sister.

I was in Wesleyenne of La Gonave for my primary studies and I came to Leogane for my secondary studies. This academic year, 2015-1016, I am in philo at College Phare of Leogane because Haiti Scholarships has been helping me to continue the studies. Because you donate, a lot of Haitian students go to school, they have their school paid. Without your donations, Haitischolarships would not have been able to do this incredible work in Haiti.

Leogane a is pretty town, but I prefer La Gonave. In La Gonave, there are lots of cows, goats and horses.

We have the best watermelon in the country and the world and it is cheap home. You can buy a big melon for fifty or sixty Gourds. And when the watermelons get to Leogane, you will pay one hundred to two hundred Gourds for one big melon, and if you have five Gourdes, you will have a small piece. Williamson is another place in the North of Haiti you can get melon, it is in Archahaie .

La Gonave is an island. Everyone knows how to swim there. If you ever have a chance to visit Haiti, please visit Leogane and La Gonave. You will fall in love with the country for its beautiful , and good people of hospitality.

Before ending my story, please, let me wish you Donors and Haitischolarships Staff members a ‘Merry Christmas 2015 and a Happy new year!’

Thank you for your help!

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Student in Focus: Rose Samalia Saint-Juste

By Rose Samalia Saint-Juste

Hi,

My name is Rose Samalia Saint – Juste. I am twenty years old. I live on Rue Geoges Kernisant, Leogane, Haiti. I was born and raised in Leogane. My mother’s name is Rose Helene Felix. My father’s name is Lissama Saint – Juste. I am living with six people in the house: my Dad, Mom, one brother, two sisters and my daughter. I was eighteen when I got pregnant accidently. My daughter is two years old now. You know what? She does not call me ‘’Mom’’. She calls my mom ‘’mama’’.

I have two brothers and three sisters. My parents are not married. My dad is a photographer and he has six children in total. I am in Philo at College Emile Saint – Lot of Leogane. My sister Marie Helene and my brother Darlain are in Philo too. Math is a difficult class for girls and it’s a game for my brother. My school is planning a geological tour for December 5th in Leogane with all the students. I am excited to go.

We have been studying, working very hard in school because we understand how much it is hard for you : Haitischolarships to convince and receive money from other people for us. Donors, you should know that your money has been spent correctly in Haiti, I am telling you. You are very AMAZING! WE can not do everything without your help. Thank you so much!

I am in a parade group, it’s called UCL ( Union des Corps de Leogane). We go out in the streets to parade every May 18th for the Flag day.

I am also a catholic Christian. We have a choir in the church, CNDA ( Chorale Notre – Dame de L’ Anonciation ). When they sing, I dance in the front with five other children. And we have about fifty people in it. In 2010, we participated in a ‘song contest’ with sixteen choirs from many different churches. We were the champion. We won the big price ‘’ $ 500 HT ‘’ for the choir. We were very happy.

Yes, this is my story and this is who I am!

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Student in Focus: Fleurome Jean Alex

By Fleurome Jean Alex

 

Hello ,

My name is Fleurome Jean Alex. I am nineteen years old. My story is very complicated. I was born in a hospital in Carrefour. I have four older sisters and two little brothers and I am living with two of my sisters in Leogane, Haiti.

My mother’s name is Saintine Rose – Marie. Unfortunately, I lost her on November 14th, 2013 from a heart attack. And my mom had two other boys after me. I was her first kid.

After my mom gave birth to me, I was adopted by my father ‘s wife. The name of my father’s wife is Laimilie Moise. She has four children. And I am her fourth child. My father’s name is Fleurome Alexandre. I am his second child and also living in Leogane.

I was sent to school when I was three years old at Le Mignon Kindergarten. I graduated from Kindergarten when I was six. Then I went to Ecole Freres Louis Borno & Institution Toussait Louverture for my Primary studies. For the secondary studies, I was in College Nouveau Surin Eveillard . After the earthquake in 2010, I was in 9th grade. Our school was totally collapsed and life became so hard, we could not go to school, we lost about five months of classes. The unforgettable earthquake!

A friend suggested me to like HaitiScholarships on Facebook. I applied and I was that lucky boy to be selected for a scholarship. I will never stop thanking you Haitischolarship and Donors for your big support to my family.

In Rheto , I was the third laureate for my school with 1005/1800 Points. In Philo, I was the second laureate , 1050/ 1700 points. I was successful. I just finished my Secondary Studies.

Now , it is time to write another chapter in the book of my life. University time! I am going to University this month in Port- au-Prince to learn accounting, and I would like to know about medicine too. Please, continue the donations to change Haitian’s life. May God protect and bless you all!

I am also the Vice-President of a local organization. It is called OPJDK ( Organisation Progressive des Jeunes pour le Development de K-da ), founded on December 24, 2014. We already cleaned a gutter which was filled with bad and dirty stuff in it and it smelled really bad. Each time heavy rain fell, it caused floods and health problems. For our first anniversary, coinciding with Christmas . We want to clean the area and have a Christmas decoration in a part of our neighborhood because we will not have enough decoration for the whole area.

This is the story of a young and very polite Haitian student, sponsored by

Haitischolarships.

Keep up the great work!!! I am Fleurome Jean Alex!

Jean Alex and Berlyne
Jean Alex and Berlyne

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