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


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.


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.


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."


Gael Gilus

My name is Gael Gilus. I just started kindergarten this year. My father recently left my mother and she has no resources to care for me or my brother, Christopher. So, Haitian Roots is helping us to go to school. They will share more information about me as they get it.


Mackenson Monchery

Makenson is 11 years old. His birthday is Christmas day. His favorite subject in school is grammar. He would like to become a professional driver when he grows up. He also would like to make sure that he can go to college. He likes to eat rice but does not like when the only food is bread fruit. His favorite sport is basketball and he loves the color blue. The things he is most grateful for are: school, his mom, his dad, and God. If he could have any wish it would be that he could leave Haiti and go to live in the United States.


Edson Joseph

Hello. My name is Edson. I am 6 years old (born 2010). At school I am enjoying learning a new language--French. I would like to become a professor when I grow up. I like to play soccer, watch television, and eat rice and vegetables when I'm at home. In response to "who is your best friend?", I said, "My Mom." And also in response to the question of what I like best about myself, I said, "My Mom." My teachers say I'm intelligent, good at French and Math, but need to spend a little more time studying at home.


Loudmaika Cenat

Hello! I'm Loudmaika and I'm 11 years old. My birthday is March 14, 2003. I live with my father, stepmother, and my sister, Loudiana, who is also in the program. My favorite subjects in school are math, French, and Creole. I love to sing and want to become a famous singer some day! If that doesn't work out, I think it would be cool to go to law school.


Woodmail Rodchild Cherilus

Bonjou! I’m Woodmail. My birthday is 1 August 2005. I go to the Haitian Roots Academy. I like learning French at school. I love to play soccer and my favorite color is red. I hope someday I can learn how to grow my own food and be an agronomist because I like to eat!


Dave Berlick Sylvain

Hello, I'm Dave! I was born on July 15, 2007. In school I love learning about agriculture and the environment. When I'm not in school, my favorite thing to do is pretend I'm a doctor. My favorite foods are eggplant, bean sauce, and rice. I do not like okra! My favorite sport is soccer and my favorite colors are blue and white. The things I am most grateful for are my mother, my father, my God, my school, and the rest of my family.


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