Luckier than my brothers and sisters
My older brother Tanio was never able to go school, because my mother could not afford it. However Bernard, my younger brother, did go to school, but he only went until the first grade of secondary school. Marie-Ange, my little sister, finished secondary school, but was not able to continue her education due to the expensive school costs.
Made my dream come true
I was a lot luckier than my brothers and sisters. My aunt worked with Jan Hoet in the presbytery. I lived with them when I went to primary school. I became a Cunina godparent through Father Jan. Thanks to the Cunina child sponsorship, I was able to go to a boarding school in Port-au-Prince where I started secondary school. When I finished secondary education, Father Jan had established Mamosa, a student home. I lived there when I studied medicine at university. Sure enough, I was able to make my dream come true and studied medicine. I had to do the best I could. I owed it to my mother.
A Cunina child sponsorship truly makes a difference
The Cunina child sponsorship really surprised me as a child. Someone, that has never met me, sent money so that I could go to school. A Cunina child sponsorship truly makes a difference in the life of a child. Education helps fight banditry, drug problems, teenage pregnancies and the spread of HIV and AIDS. If you are able to develop yourself, you are able to make something of your life.
Thank you, Father Jan!
The tireless effort of Father Jan also plays an important role in the success of the Cunina child sponsorships. It is his life’s work to help young people get started. He has the right approach to stimulate, but also supervise them. And that is necessary sometimes…”