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


Raphael Degazon

Raphael is 16 years old. His birthday is August 27th. His favorite school subjects are science, social studies, and math. He is a wonderful artist (like his father) and wants to become an architect. He enjoys reading, painting, and playing basketball.


Blondine Marelus

Blondine is 10 years old. Her birthday is September 18th. Her favorite school subject is math. She hopes to become a nurse someday because that is something that she has always been interested in and she likes to help make people feel better. Her favorite food is rice and milk (our translator says its very good the Haitian way), but she does not like corn mush. She loves to jump rope. Her favorite colors are blue, yellow, and white. Blondine is sick a lot because of sickle cell anemia. Her wish is that she could have some medicine to help her in some way.


Donave Pierre

Hi! My name is Donave Pierre! I am 11 years old (born 2003). When I grow up I want to be a doctor, so that I can help the sick. I am grateful for school and having an education.


Yves Bradley Gillus

Bonjou! I'm Bradley and I'm 11 years old. I live with my parents and 3 sisters. My older sister is autistic and it is a hard life for her here in Haiti because we don't have a lot of resources. I'ma good student, but my favorite part of school is recess where I get the chance to play soccer with my friends. I dream of playing soccer professionally one day. My favorite colors are blue and white. I also enjoys drawing and watching television.


Suzena Nozius

Hello. My name is Suzena Nozius. I was born in 2005. My mother died this same year and I'm being raised by my father. When I grow up I would like to become a doctor to take care of the sick.


Viviana Saint Juste

Viviana's birthday is Sept. 27, 2006. She enjoys learning how to write in school. She really wants to learn to speak English and be able to speak it well as an adult. Her favorite food is spaghetti. Viviana is so full of life and energy. She brings happiness to all around her.


Ted Woodensky Edme

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


John Gaethan Orisme

Hi! I’m John. My birthday is 25 September 2002. I live with my mother. I really enjoy school. I like Math, English, Physical Education, and Spanish. One day I would like to become a chef! I like to eat a lot of food! When I’m not studying I like to play soccer and eat. My best friends are Richard and Olsen.


Kemanie Mady

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


Ruth Shama Casimir

Oh my goodness! This little girl can steal anybody's heart! She is adorable to the core. Ruth's birthday is 1 May 2011. She has just started school at the new Haitian Roots Academy. She is very social, happy, and loving.


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