Medgine came to HELO in 2007. Her father died and her mother could not support her ten children. Medgine is Ronaldo’s sister. She had never attended school, but since coming to HELO has made good progress in school. Medgine is adorable with mischievous eyes and small small. She is very quiet, but loves to sing. She loves the color pink, dolls and her favorite foods are rice and spaghetti. She is a delightful child!
Katiana is Prenel’s sister. She is quiet and affectionate. She is a little mother, taking care of the younger children and anyone who is sad or hurt. She is a very special young woman.
Oslande's parents died, her grandparents could no longer care for her. She came to HELO in 2007 very malnourished. She had never attended school, but since coming to HELO has
made progress. Oslande has a contagious smile, she is very affectionate, but jealous, pinching other children if they come near me or hitting or pushing them away so she does not have to share. She loves the beach and toys of almost any kind.
Rosemonde came to HELO in 2009 after her mother died. She was sad and withdrawn and had never attended school. She is now an eager learner and a very outgoing, joyful child, very charismatic and a real character!
Cherlande's mother died in the earthquake and her father abandoned her. Cherlande is a shy little girl, an eager student, happy, and independent. I have watched her transform from a shy child that I just wanted to hold, hug and reassure, to a very self-assured, outgoing and charismatic little girl.
Pierre came to HELO in 2007. He had never attended school before coming to HELO and is now a proud student. He is eager to please, a silly boy who has an infectious laugh.
Rosemana came to HELO late 2014 after the death of her mother. She is a delightful little girl with bright inquisitive eyes and a quest for knowledge. She is a beginning learner and still adjusting to life at HELO, but a true delight!
Evens came to HELO late in 2009 after his mother died. He was painfully shy and afraid. He still says very little, but has a warm smile, loves to be held and has a most infectious laugh!
Oslain came to HELO in 2009, two years after his sister Oslande. Although their birth dates are the same, they are not twins, Oslain is probably 2 years younger. Pastor Jean explained that often parents will go register all of their children at the same time, giving them all the same birthdate. Oslain is very quiet with a shy smile. He is very affectionate and so huggable!
Regina’s mother was a child herself when she had her. Unable to properly care for her, she ultimately left her with Miriame, who adores her. Actually, all of the children adore Regina, nearly everyone does. Regina is picky, carefully choosing those she will bless with her attention.
Sophia's father died and her mother, too ill to care for her, sent her to Port au Prince where she lived as a restavec. She was verbally and physically abused and ultimately sent back due to her defiant behavior. She came to HELO in early 2008 an angry child, Pastor Jean said "if there is trouble in the house, Sophia is there". Over time Sophia's anger has slipped away, she is excelling in school and is very artistic. She is a beautiful example of the power of love and hope in the life of a child.
The newest infant to HELO. Britus' mother passed away at childbirth and his father was unable to care for him. All of the children take care of Brutis. Heartwarming.
Kendy's father died in the earthquake. His mother could not support her children. Kendy came to HELO on July 1, 2010 after being on our waiting list since January. Kendy had never attended school before coming to HELO. He is thriving in every way, physically, emotionally, and scholastically.
Magda came to HELO in February after her house collapsed, killing her family. Magda is an outgoing, cheerful little girl with a beautiful smile. She had never attended school and is delighted to now attend and is a star student. Magda is a true beauty, inside and out!
Sodlyn came to HELO on February 15, 2010 after being orphaned by the earthquake. Sodlyn slowly adjusted to his new surroundings, home and family, but is still rather shy. He likes school, and does well. He is still not quite sure about the beach, carefully watching the other children before deciding it’s safe to go into the water.
Stanley came to HELO in 2014. I first met him in the tent city in les Cayes. His father and siblings perished, and his mother was wandering aimlessly. I asked Pastor John to keep track of them, worried she was unable to care for the child due to her depression or mental illness. After years of trying to assist her to care for her children, after the birth of Esaie, her condition deteriorated and she gave up the children.
Shelove lost her parents in the earthquake. Shelove is quite and shy, a good student, happy,and playful. Her housefather says her name is Shelove because she is so full of love, but she is full of trouble, too!
Martine and her brother sister were brought to HELO by an aunt during my visit in January 2012, fearing for the children's lives as their mother, suffering mental illness, had become very violent. The children's grandmother, their guardian, was unable to care for the children. Martine is healing,physically and emotionally. She is doing well in school and bonding with housemates and school mates. It is a great blessing to see her beautiful smile!
Jean Davidson was abandoned after birth at the General Hospital in Les Cayes, where we discovered him in January while visiting with donations after the earthquake. He was tiny and severely malnourished and suffering from little stimulation, unfamiliar with human touch. He was all eyes, a beautiful baby girl, we thought, until the second visit when we bathed him! We left him with clean clothes, a clean crib and supplies to provide for him until proper documentation was in place and he could be brought to HELO. Jean Davidson was the first child welcomed into HELO's second family.
Andy came to HELO in 2014 after the death of his mother (father unknown). He is very quiet and sometimes sad, but with a little attention and affection, he shines.
Telemaque came to HELO on February 15, 2010, a victim of the earthquake. Telemarque is quite artistic he loves to draw pictures and shows a lot of aptitude. He excels in school, is eager to please, but shy. Loves music and computers. A delight!
Kendy arrived at HELO on February 15, 2010 after his mother died in the earthquake. Kendy is quiet, and often reflective. He is an outstanding student who started high school this year!
Darovena and her twin sister Darovenie have never been to school before HELO. They are from Chardoniere, a coastal community devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Their father died in the hurricane and their mother suffered a stroke thereafter leaving her paralyzed. With no one else to care for them, HELO took them in. We look forward to how these girls will flourish.
Darovenie and her twin sister Darovena have never been to school before HELO. They are from Chardoniere, a coastal community devastated by Hurricane Matthew. Their father died in the hurricane and their mother suffered a stroke thereafter leaving her paralyzed. With no one else to care for them, HELO took them in.
Myson was brought to HELO by his grandmother during my visit in August 2010. Myson's parents were killed in the earthquake and his grandmother was unable to care for him. Myson's sorrow and fear continue to fall away, he is a funny, outgoing, affectionate little boy. He is thriving, physically, emotionally, and scholastically.
Markencia came in January 2017. Her mother brought her to HELO. Her family barely survived Hurricane Matthew and with no where to live and little to eat, her mom asked Manmi Elisabeth to take her.
Esaie came to HELO 2014 with his brother Stanley. Esaie’s mother was unable to care for the children.
Jean-Giles' father was paralyzed in the earthquake. His mother could not support her children. Jean-Giles and his brother Jean-Jules came to HELO on July 1, 2010 after being on our waiting list since January 2010.
Davidson (“Byka”) is 9th of 10 children and his parents cannot support all of their children. Davidson came to HELO on July 1, 2010.
Valencia is 8th of 10 children and her parents cannot support all of their children. She came to HELO with her brother Davidson on July 1, 2010. She had never attended school.
Abigaelle came to HELO in February 2016. She was abandoned by her mother and her father is unknown. Abigaelle has sparkling eyes, a bright smile, and adorable giggle! She loves school, she is very affectionate and loved by all.
Jean Ronald came to HELO on July 1, 2010 after his mother's death. He had been on our waiting list since January 2010.
Saphira was brought to HELO during my visit in July 2011. Both Saphira and her mother were quite ill and malnourished. After much medical care and proper nutrition, Saphira is thriving at HELO, and is a cherished member of Home 3.
Jean-Jules' father was paralyzed in the earthquake. His mother could not support her children. Jean-Jules came to HELO on July 1, 2010 after being on our waiting list since January 2010 .
After the death of Rose Andre's father, her mother had a breakdown and left her with an uncle. The devastation of Hurricane Matthew was too much, and the uncle could not support her either. Rose Andre is a caring little girl who looks out for the younger children. She loves school and playing games.
Mydlie's father died in the earthquake. Her mother cannot support her children. She came to HELO on July 1, 2010 after being on our waiting list since January. Mydlie is very outgoing, energetic, a natural leader.
Sara is the youngest of seven children. Her father was paralyzed in the earthquake; her mother cannot support the children. Sara had never attended school.
Dimy is Jameson and Little Kendy's brother. His mother is deceased and father is an alcoholic. We are happy to have all three brothers together.
Kinderson was brought to church after his mother died. He was welcomed into HELO's third home in October 2011. He is compassionate, considerate, and very studious, hoping to be a pastor some day.
Sebastien and his sister were brought to HELO by an aunt during my visit in January 2012, fearing for the children's lives as their mother, suffering mental illness, had become very violent. The children's grandmother, their guardian, was unable to care for the children. Sebastien is thriving at HELO, and it is a great blessing to see him smile and hear the beautiful music of his laughter.
Chede was abandoned by his mother and does not know if he has a father. He is so sweet and plays well with all the others!
Lokita came to HELO in 2008. Miriame asked if she could stay, wanting her to have some schooling and a chance at a better life. Since starting Lokita in a school with children her own age, she has excelled, making remarkable progress. She has gained self confidence and is the first to bring school work to proudly show me her grades!
Prenel came to HELO late in 2010 with his mother. His father died in the earthquake, and she was looking for work. She worked at HELO as a cook for several years, but left both Prenel and Katiana at HELO when she left. Prenel loves soccer and is a very good student.
Berlin came to HELO in 2007 after his father abandoned the family and his mother became too ill to care for her children. Berlin had never attended school, but has done well since coming to HELO. Berlin loves soccer and flying kites. His favorite foods are rice, corn and spaghetti.
Yadley came to HELO in 2007. Her father died and her mother was too ill to care for her children. She is very quiet and quite shy. She loves school, arts and crafts of any kind, especially jewelry (paperbeads) and shows a lot of talent.
Jean Michel arrived at HELO on March 3, 2010 after being orphaned by the earthquake. Although he was the last to arrive at the home, he has quickly become the "leader", the oldest and most charismatic. He is a survivor, very personable, resilient, a peacemaker. He has an infectious smile, is very intelligent, a quick learner, even speaking some English. He is affectionate and always smiling. Jean Michel is a wonderful boy. He is a charmer
Christella came to HELO in 2007. Her father died and her mother could not support her ten children. She had never attended school, but since coming to HELO has made amazing progress. She is very quiet and still quite shy. She loves to read, color, and arts and crafts of any kind, especially jewelry (friendship bracelets, necklaces) and shows a lot of talent.
Rose is Ronaldo and Medgine's sister. She came to HELO in 2015. She has no father and her mother was unable to care for her. We are happy to keep her together with her siblings!
Ronaldo came to HELO in 2007. His father died and his mother could not support her ten children. Ronaldo is Medgine' brother. He had never attended school, but since coming to HELO has excelled. He loves to draw and shows tremendous talent. Ronaldo is very proud, likes to show visitors around the home and looks out for the younger children. A very charming young man!
Jameson's father died in the earthquake, his mother was unable to support her children. Jameson came to HELO on July 1, 2010 after being on our waiting list since January. Jameson had never attended school.
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Briceline is a delightful young woman full of talent -- she loves to sing and lead worship, often assists with children's choir or summer camp for the younger children. Briceline is currently an argonomy student at American University of the Caribbean.
Louna is an earthquake survivor who had worked as a restavek (domestic servant) since age 2. At 14, Louna started school at HELO. She struggles, but is learning to be both a child and a student.
Islande came to HELO in 2007 after her mother died. Her father could not care for the seven children. She had not attended school since preschool, but since coming to HELO has excelled. Islande is very artistic and writes and colors with great care and pride. Islande is very attentive to the younger children, especially the children in the second home, reaching out in comfort and concern. She is a delightful, compassionate child.
Riccardo was given to Pastor Briere after the death of his parents. He is a character, loves to joke around and play games. He has the greatest laugh and a smile that melts hearts.
Romilet was also given to Pastor Briere after the death of his parents. He is quiet and one of the most caring, compassionate young men I have ever met. A good student who loves music, especially the drums.
Taina came to HELO in 2011 after the death of her parents. She and Nene are related and she has beenwelcomed into his home where she has found much love and healing. Taina loves to read and is doing very well in school.