Our Children

Children accepted into our education sponsorship program understand the benefits that an education can provide but, due to the tough economic circumstances in Haiti, are unable to afford the minimum costs of tuition and fees required to attend public school. After submitting an application, they are evaluated by one of our in-country coordinators and must be approved by a member of the Haitian Roots Board of Directors before they are accepted to our program. For $300/year (or $25/month) you help a child attend school -- an opportunity taken for granted by most of us. To the children (and their families) in our sponsorship program, receiving an education means hope for the future and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. You can change the life of one of these precious children by becoming a sponsor today!

If you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.

Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie


Romauld Saintil

Bonjou! I am Romauld. My birthday is 3 Sept 2006. My favorite thing to do is run and play soccer. I would like to become a policeman someday. I like to smile but my teachers say that I have a serious personality. I work hard at school!


Joseph Francois

Bonjou! My name is Joseph. My birthday is 6 Aug 2005. I am in third grade and I live with my mother. In school I enjoy learning Math and French. When I’m not in school I like to read and play soccer. I think I would like to be an engineer when I grow up. I also hope that someday I can visit the USA. My teachers say that I am humble and cheerful and that I need to work harder on my French.


Saul Cenat

Hello. My name is Saul. My birthday is 13 Dec 2003. I live in Port au Prince with my mother and my sister. My favorite subject to study at the Haitian Roots Academy is French. I would like to become a police officer some day. When I'm not at school I like to play soccer and hang out with my friend Cliff. My teachers say I'm smart and that my weakness and my strength is that I talk a lot. Sometimes I have a hard time concentrating, but I'm still doing well in school and hope to be able to continue to study.


Genevieve Emmanuelle Saintil

Bonjou! I am new to the Haitian Roots Academy. My bio will be posted soon!


Alexis Jean Samuel

Hello! My name Alexis and I am 9 years old. My birthday is 12 October 2006. I live with my aunt. My favorite school subject is Math. I want to study to become a doctor one day. I like to read and play soccer. My best characteristic is that I like to help people. If I could travel anywhere it would be to Chicago because I have an uncle who lives there.


Sebastian Desir

Hello. My name is Sebastian and I am new to the Haitian Roots Academy. I am 6 years old (born 2010). My favorite thing to learn in school is French. I want to be a teacher when I grow up. My favorite color is blue. I love to play soccer. I want to go to Argentina someday because they have the best soccer team. I love my mom very much.


Gatcheena Ashley Samedi

Hello! My name is Gatcheena Ashley. My birthday is 10 March 2006. I am very grateful for school and I like it very much. I have been advanced in my grade because I am very smart. I especially enjoy studying biology, English, and algebra. I would like to have a career in medicine one day. When I am not in school, my favorite thing to do is to read. I also like to dance and spend time with my friends. The thing I like most about myself is that I learn quickly.


Akim Couercia Orelien

Bonjour! I'm Akim. I'm 10 years old and live in one of the worst slums in the entire world--Cite Soleil. I am grateful for the chance to go to school. I am only in 1st grade so I am behind, but the teachers at HRA will help me to catch up!


Moise Dubery

Moise is 14 years old. His birthday is August 16th. He lives with his mother and older siblings--one sister and two brothers. His favorite school subject is math. Moise is one of Haitian Roots very top students. It is exciting to see the cycle broken. He is the first in his family to receive an education. His mother can only sign her name with an X. Moise is not sure what he wants to do when he grows up. He is intrigued with law but also likes learning about the occupation of an electrician. His favorite color is blue. When asked what he is grateful for, Moise said, "I can read. I can make my food. Others teach me." It makes him happy when he has the chance to give food to others who do not have any.


Richemon Odeus

Richemon is the younger brother of Carli Aston. He is 3 years old and hopes to be able to start school on time this fall, as children are supposed to enter school at age 3 in Haiti. Richemon typically smiles a lot--he is just not sure he wants to do that with a camera in front of him. Richemon is the middle of 2 boys but has no problem letting himself be heard. His parents are very good people who try so hard to support their children, but struggle every day. They value education and know that it is their son's hope for the future.


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