It is a huge accomplishment to pass state exams in Haiti, and we are excited to share with you that two girls in our child advocacy program, Nadine and Mary, passed their exams this month and have moved into secondary school!
Nadine is 12 years old and has been in our program since 2009. Her father died when she was very young, creating many hardships for Nadine. Despite Nadine’s hardships, she flourishes at school. She is one of the most intelligent students in her class, and she hopes to continue in school so she can have more opportunity.
Mary is 13 years old and has been in our program since 2009. Her father passed away in 2009, and Mary was sent to live with her aunt because her mother could no longer care for her. Mary is a wonderful student, and she is excited to continue her education so she can someday become a teacher.
The educational system in Haiti is complicated and inaccessible to many children. In fact, only 67% of children in Haiti are enrolled in primary school (K-5), and of that percentage only 40% will make it past the sixth grade. Unfortunately, education is considered a luxury that most children do not have since over 90% of schools in Haiti are private and cost money to attend. It is through our sponsors that we are able to provide an education to over 700 children in Haiti that would otherwise be denied this fundamental right.
Way to go Nadine and Mary….we are so proud of you!
For more information on sponsorship, visit our website at www.restavekfreedom.org