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

Clif Derival

Hi! My name is Clif Christensen Derival. I am going to turn 10 years old soon—on the 21 first of December (born 2004). My father died before I was old enough to remember him and my mother left. My aunt has been taking care of me for most of my life. We haven’t often been able to afford for me to go to school so right now I’m in first grade. But I get to go to the Haitian Roots Academy and I will catch up soon! I am very small for my age but I am good at basketball. I dream of becoming a professional basketball player one day!

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.

Naika Edme

My name is Naika's. My birthday is 29 October 2005. I am in the 4th grade at the Haitian Roots Academy. My older sister, Belinda, is in the program and has a sponsor. I also have two little brothers. I love the medical field and hope to become a doctor or a nurse when I grow older.

Loick Eudes Emmanuel Saintil

Hi. My name is Emmanuel. I am 5 years old. My birthdate is 29 Sept 2009. I am in 1st grade at the Haitian Roots Academy. I love to read and to draw. Everybody who knows me says I am very loving and gentle. When I don’t want to be cuddly, I love to play soccer!

Fedner Pierre Louis

Emmanuela Lucas

Emmanuela is Yveline Matelus little partner in crime. She has such a great personality--so outgoing. She loves to make people laugh. Emmanuela is 5 years old (born in 2009). She lives in St Marc.

Yveline Metelus

You may wonder why we chose to use this photo of Yveline when we have some very professional and beautiful ones. Well, its because this is our typical 4 year old, Yvie! This photo was taken during a very serious parent meeting. She was doing anything she could to attract the attention of those conducting. And she succeeded. Yveline is a ball of energy and laughs. She has personality just bursting out her ears. When you choose to sponsor her, be sure to email us and ask for additional photos. Not one is the same. We adore little Yveline and appreciate all the laughs she gives us in St Marc!

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.

John Taylove Pierre

John is 8 years old. He was born in 2009. He is very excited to be starting school and can't wait to learn to read. His mother says he'd make a good doctor because, "he is sensible and can't stand to see people suffer." John has a lot of chores and responsibilities but when he has free time he likes to play soccer. His favorite color is blue. He likes to eat rice, beans, and meat but doesn't like corn.

Zratan Ibrahim Benjamin

Zratan is 6 years old. His birthday is April 4, 2007. He lives with his father, mother, sister, and brother. In school his favorite subjects are reading and math. When not in school he enjoys playing soccer and basketball. His favorite foods are macaroni, spaghetti, and rice. He says he is most thankful in life for: church, school, family, food, and health. Even at such a young age, Zratan is keenly aware of the stress that poverty has on his family and community. For this reason he says that his greatest wish is to become a great doctor so that he can provide financially for others.

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