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Student in Focus: Marlene Saint-Elus

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

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 mother'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 months, 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!"

Written by Marlene Saint-Elus

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