Read below for stories of a few of the youth and young adults impacted by J4T.
Naïka, 7, is a first grade student at our primary school. Naïka has two brothers and three sisters. Her favorite part of the day is recess time with her friends. J4T has been supporting Naïka since 2017.
Dieu Juste, 12, is a second grade student at our primary school. He enjoys drawing and playing sports with friends. His father abandoned the family many years ago. Dieu Juste's mother has raised him since birth but is now unable to take care of him because of unemployment. J4T has been supporting Dieu Juste since 2016.
Linda, 9, is a second grade student at our primary school. Her father died many years ago. She has one sister. Linda’s favorite pastimes are singing and dancing.
Fritzna, 8, is a first grade student at our primary school. Her father abandoned the family many years ago. Fritzna has two sisters and one brother. She started school in 2017.
Silianie, 15, never attended school before enrolling in J4T’s primary program. Her parents cannot afford to take care of her, so she lives with a neighbor. She has three sisters and two brothers. J4T has been supporting Silianie since 2016.
Colbert, 13, is a new student at our school. His mother and father are both unemployed and have never been able to afford sending him to school. Colbert is excited to learn to read and write in Creole and French. He enjoys playing soccer with his friends. Colbert lives at home with his two sisters and four brothers.
Marie, 27, has four brothers and two sisters. She grew up in dire poverty in the slum of Solino. Marie attended primary school whenever her parents could afford to pay for classes. Her father is a papaya vendor in the streets, but is very sick. Her mother does not work. Marie graduated from secondary school with the help of a local religious community. Since then, Marie has spent her time at home, cooking and cleaning. Though her dream was to work in the tourism industry, she thought it would never be possible because her family could not afford university or professional school. Just 4 Them has made Marie’s dream a reality, by granting her a scholarship to study hospitality and tourism at one of Port-au-Prince’s best professional schools. She graduates from this program in November, 2018.
Samuel, 25, never attended high school. He grew up in a single-parent home with four brothers and one sister. This home consisted only of one room, one bed, and no running water. He currently lives in the slum of Bel-Air. For the past few years, Samuel has spent weekday mornings outside factories in Port-au-Prince hoping for employment. Some days, he is asked to work. Most days, he is not. Just 4 Them helped Samuel participate in a driver’s education course in Port-au-Prince to make himself more employable. He passed his final exam and received his license in January, 2018. He is excited for the opportunities that await him now that he can drive vehicles. J4T will continue working with Samuel until he earns consistent employment.
Aurevil, 26, was born and raised in the slum of Solino and has two sisters and one brother. His mother died in 2009. Aurevil has never found full-time employment. Over the years, he has become highly skilled in music and art. He sometimes teaches private art lessons to younger youth, receiving little pay. Aurevil goes by the nickname “S-Possible” with friends and family, because he is convinced that “everything is possible with God.” He recently rebounded from a severe illness. Before meeting Just 4 Them, Aurevil planned to flee Haiti to find a better life elsewhere. J4T is currently providing Aurevil with a scholarship to study photography and art at one of Haiti’s most reputable professional schools. Afterwards, J4T will help Aurevil start a small business, so he can sell his products to foreign travelers and missionaries.