Haitian Children Share How Your Gifts Have Changed Their Lives

10/29/13

Can you imagine going to school without shoes or school supplies, and wearing old dirty clothing while everyone else was dressed in a clean uniform?

 
In Haiti, these basic items are often too expensive for families to afford. If it's a choice between eating a meal that day and buying new shoes or clothes, parents are going to choose food. But without these basic necessities, children have a hard time doing their best in school—whether they are embarrassed to be barefoot or poorly dressed, or they don't have books and materials to keep up with the class.
 
That's why gifts from the COTN gift catalog mean so much to these children. When you give gifts like clothing, shoes, and school supplies, you are not just making a child feel loved and provided for. You are literally helping them do their best in school. Just ask them:
 
Rose Michelle says that when she got new clothes, it made her heart happy
Eight-year-old Rose Michelle says that when she got new clothes, it made her heart happy. "I feel beautiful when I wear new clothes," she says. But her new outfit isn't just for looks. She needs clothes to attend school. "School helps me to be a better person," she says. Rose Michelle wants to be a doctor, and is grateful for every bit of help she gets to reach this goal.
 
"I was very happy when I got shoes," says Kerry.
"I was very happy when I got shoes," says Kerry. His mother was happy as well—she was unable to afford shoes for her children and didn't know how she would manage to send them to school without them. "I cannot go to school barefoot," Kerry explains. "I have to learn so that I can be a doctor." 
 
Staina says school is much easier now that she has proper school supplies.
"I don't feel good when I go to school without books," says Staina. Imagine how difficult it is to keep up with a class without the textbook—or even a notebook to write in. Staina says school is much easier now that she has proper school supplies. "The books will help me learn better, and when I finish school, I can study nursing." 
 
Check out the COTN Christmas Gift Catalog for more gifts that change lives!