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Roselene Duclaire, St. Jean Baptiste School, Savanette, Haiti  

Roselene is a hopeful young girl at St. Jean Baptiste School in Savanette, Haiti. She started at SJBS when she was 7. She performed well and is now in sixth grade. Her favorite subject is math, and she dreams of one day becoming an engineer. She wants to build a house; she currently lives with five family members in her thatched-roof home that was damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 (as shown in the photo). 

Always willing to help, she brings water for her family and does her chores. Education is important to her and she always does her homework. Beyond this, she cares for the goat that she received from SJBS’s goat program (the goat program offers orphans and poor families a chance to improve their finances). 

Her life is not easy, as she and her household struggle to eat and maintain their shelter. However, Roselene has a cheerful smile and great optimism for her future. The education, daily meal, and goat that she receives from SJBS has given her the chance to improve her family’s finances and to dream of a bright future as an engineer. 

HUGE MILESTONE! We celebrate with the leaders of St. Jean Baptiste School that the final secondary grade level will be added in September!  What was only a BIG DREAM of the Savanette families is now reality!!

SJBS is the only school in the surrounding rural area to offer Preschool through Secondary classes – 16 grades!  We can’t emphasize enough how rare it is to have a quality primary school in the countryside and almost non-existent to have a secondary school in a rural area!  Less than 20% of primary schools are national schools and they have some of the lowest performance results.