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
Jean Mary Gerard Jr.
Jean is 12 years old and his birthday is December 21st. He lives with his mother. His favorite subject in school is English. He would love to become a pilot when he grows up. His favorite sport is soccer. When asked what things he is most grateful for, Jean Mary said, "My church, My mother, YOU, and my Book of Mormon."
Francesca is 11 years old. Her birthday is August 27th. Her favorite school subject is math. She wants to become a nurse some day to be able to help the sick. Francesca loves to dance! Her favorite color is pink. The thing that worries Francesca the most is that there could possibly be another earthquake. She herself was crushed by rubble and had her right foot badly broken and mutilated. She was rescued and luckily somehow made it to a good hospital in the Dominican Republic. They were able to save her foot and she spent many months there before being able to return home. Now she is fully recovered and doing very well!
Stephie is 11 years old. She loves the color yellow! Every time she has the chance to choose a marker or crayon to use for a drawing...it is yellow! Her birthday is May 5th. She likes to eat rice and beans but does not like corn mush. She enjoys playing basketball and playing around when she's not studying. In school she enjoys math and wants to become a doctor.
Pamela is 7 years old. She likes to play basketball and her favorite color is brown. She wants to become a lawyer when she grows up.
Hello! My name is Danika. I am 10 years old. My birthday is June 22, 2004. I live with my parents, two sisters, and one brother. I love everything about computers and technology. I have a dream of one day becoming a computer programmer.
Berline is 9 years old. Her birthday March 22nd. Berline's favorite color is blue. When she is not in school she likes to run but also has to do housework. Her favorite school subject is French and she plans to become a doctor when she grows up. When asked what she is grateful for, Berline said, "God, Jesus, my Dad, my Mom, and school."
Belinda is 11 years old. Her birthday is September 17th. She lives with her mother, 6 year old sister, and new baby brother. Belinda says that she enjoys the opportunity to work hard and help other people. For this reason, and because of the devastation she saw during the earthquake, she wants to become a doctor. She enjoys studying French in school. Her favorite food is rich and corn but she does not enjoy millet. She likes to run and her favorite color is pink. The thing that Belinda is most thankful for is her family.
Hans Cedric Duvall
Hans goes by his middle name, Cedric. He is 10 years old and will turn 11 on the 16th of June. His parents love him and are trying to do their best by him but economic circumstances make it extremely difficult. Cedric is a bright boy. He likes to play soccer and says that he likes all food. He states that he thinks he would like to preach and wants to become a pastor some day. When asked what he was grateful for, he responded, "Life, My parents (guardians), God & Jesus Christ, Nature, Angels."
Harrison Smith Dubreus
Harrison is 12 years old. His birthday is August 24th. He was one of Haitian Roots original 23 children from our very first year. It has been a joy to see him grow and progress so well. He lives with his parents and two brothers, who are also both in the education program. Harrison is very good at math but his dream is to become a professional soccer player. Harrison says that he is grateful for, "food, TV, football, church, and school." When asked what he does to help others he said, "Give advice."
Denis Brigham Dubreus
Denis is 10 years old. His birthday is November 30th. He lives with his parents and 2 brothers, who are also in the Haitian Roots education program. Denis enjoys studying and wants to become an Engineer one day. The reason he wants to do this is so that he can, "Take the place of my father to provide for our family when he passes away." Denis thinks Karate is really cool and likes the color red. Denis biggest fear in life is thinking about the earthquake and also worries about his family's economic problems. We asked him a few questions and his answers were quite touching. He said that if he could have any wish it would be "That I could become a great son." Asked what he would do if he were invisible for a day, he said, "I would pray." If he could visit any place in the world, he'd like to go to Brazil.