A Witness to 15 Years of Transformation

06/16/14

Rosaniris was seven years old when her community changed completely. A Dominican batey made up of mostly Haitian immigrants with no citizenship, the community of Los Robles had no school, no water, and no other basic resources from the government. Children ran around with few to no clothes on and amused themselves by fighting or throwing rocks. There was little to do, and no hope for any change. 

 
Before people like you helped start a school and feeding center in her community
Before people like you helped start a school and feeding center in her community, Rosaniris spent her days hungry, with little to do. 
 
Rosaniris remembers the day when COTN began partnering with some pastors in her community to start a school and a church and open up a medical clinic nearby. As she and her siblings got sponsors and began attending school and church, their whole family changed. Not only did Rosaniris come to know the Lord, her parents did as well. The days were no longer long and hungry—she and her siblings all got a hearty meal in the middle of the school day. 
 
Today, Rosaniris is a high school graduate and plans to go on to university
Today, Rosaniris is a high school graduate and plans to go on to university. When she started school, no one from her community had ever graduated from high school.
 
Today, fifteen years later, Rosaniris has made it to a place that she could have never imagined. She has graduated from high school—something no one in her community had ever achieved when she started school. She's a leader in her church, holding the volunteer position of secretary, and teaching Bible lessons to younger children every Sunday morning. She's currently serving as a receptionist at COTN's office in Barahona, and planning to begin college in the fall, through COTN's university program. 
 
The support Rosaniris has gotten her whole life from her sponsors and COTN staff has continued, even through one of the most difficult years of her life. Two years ago, Rosaniris's father died in a motorcycle accident. It was only because of their sponsors, and the support of COTN staff, that Rosaniris's family of ten made it through this difficult time. 
 
Rosaniris's goal is to become a pediatrician. "My little brother was born very small and very sick," Rosaniris explains. Because there was no medical care available at the time, there was nothing her family could do for him. Now, Rosaniris has seen the difference COTN’s clinic has made for children in her community, and she wants to be part of this. 
 
Doctors like Antonio, one of COTN's first medical school graduates
Rosaniris has seen the difference COTN's clinic has made for children in the community. Doctors like Antonio, one of COTN's first medical school graduates, are an inspiration to her. 
 
For now, Rosaniris is happy to be serving COTN and her community in whatever way she can. She's in her "gap year," a year after high school when sponsored children are assigned a role serving COTN or the community as they prepare for college. It's also a great time to learn a new skill, which Rosaniris is doing as COTN's receptionist. "I feel very good serving COTN," she says, "It has supported me and my family. I feel good because I am giving something of myself as well." 
 
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