“Driven by the dreams of the Haitian youth, Father Jan Hoet has dedicated himself for over 30 years to helping to make these dreams come true. In 1995, he started ‘Mamosa’, a project that offers children of the countryside the opportunity to go to college or university, in Port-au-Prince. Jan manages the Cunina child sponsorship lists of Mamosa and Port-au-Prince.”

How did you get in touch with Cunina?

I worked with Sophie in Haiti for a couple of years before she founded Cunina.

Why did you decide to become a volunteer for Cunina?

I feel connected to the goals of Cunina. I have always been concerned with the problems of the Haitian youth and I know how difficult it is for them to get access to a quality education. Cunina offers a useful alternative in this frustrating situation through child sponsorships and educational projects.  

What are your tasks and responsibilities?

I am responsible for the guidance of young people. My priority is to guide students. I also manage the Cunina child sponsorships here in Haiti.

I propose child sponsorship files and manage the child sponsorships. This means that I guide the godchildren, keep an eye on their education and school results, take care of the exchange of letters between godparents and their godchildren and pay the monthly contributions.

Why is Cunina so important in your community?

The actions of Cunina here in Haiti truly are a blessing to many families that are being helped. Numerous children and young adults have managed to secure a place in society thanks to the support of their Cunina godparent.

Becoming a Cunina godparent is a long-term commitment. You play an important role in the life of your godchild and you see them become a young adult with opportunities.