School at Last! Saphalouna's Story

08/12/13

Marie's life was pretty typical for a young woman in Haiti. A single mother of four, she lived in a small home made of cheap concrete—mixed with sand to stretch the material farther. That's what everyone did, and she didn't think much of it. 

 
To provide for her family, Marie bought second-hand clothes and had a little roadside stand where she resold them. It wasn't the best way of making a living—many people sold second-hand goods by the road and there were always more sellers than buyers. But in an area and a country with very little formal employment to offer, it was the best she could do. Marie counted herself blessed to be able to bring home some earnings each day. 
 
But in one day, everything she had was destroyed. When the 2010 earthquake struck Haiti, her weak home crumbled to the ground. Thankfully her family was not inside at the time, and all her children survived. Her store did not. In the wake of the destruction, all her goods were lost. With all that her family lost, restarting her business was too expensive to even imagine. 
 
Marie and her family have struggled since Haiti's 2010 earthquake.
                  Marie and her children have struggled since Haiti's 2010 earthquake. But you're changing that. 
 
"I have no income now," she shares. "The biggest challenges I face are providing schooling and lodging for my children." 
 
Her youngest daughter, Saphalouna, was the one to suffer most. Marie was able to scrounge up enough money to send three of her children to school, but when Saphalouna became old enough to attend kindergarten, her mother simply did not have enough money to send her as well. Saphalouna stayed home that fall. 
 
Saphalouna was not able to attend school because her mother couldn't afford it.
The youngest of four children, five-year-old Saphalouna was not able to attend school because her mother couldn't afford it. 
 
"My mother was discouraged to struggle with the school problem," says five-year-old Saphalouna. 
 
That's when people like you changed everything for Saphalouna and her mother. Thanks to your support, Children of the Nations was able to begin a Village Partnership Program in Saphalouna's community of Bellevue. Saphalouna was one of seventy-five children identified for assistance through the Children of the Nations (COTN) child sponsorship program. 
 
In January Saphalouna was able to begin kindergarten at last. She also began attending COTN's after-school program. "I am so  happy to be able to attend school now," she says. "Without COTN, I would probably still stay home." 
 
Saphalouna also enjoys the after-school program, where she says she is learning Bible verses and songs. It's there that she gets a warm meal, which she relishes—sometimes her family has to skip meals. She also adds that at the after-school program, she learned that she can help other children, children who are not so fortunate to be in COTN's sponsorship program yet, like she is.  
 
All of these things are provided through child sponsorship. Every child has multiple sponsors, in order to provide for their complete care. Saphalouna needs an additional sponsor. Will you Be One for Saphalouna
 
Or, choose from 500 children who need sponsors before September 1st. Look at their photos, and consider sponsoring a child today!