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Christie’s Story: Sponsorship, Mentorship and Leadership.


The Seeding Hope Program is more than sponsoring a child’s education, its about changing a predictable outcome of failure to an opportunity for success. It’s about mentorship, leadership, and seeding the hope for a better future in Haiti.

The Problem

Christie Geffrard is an 11 year old girl , living in Tabarre, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She was abandoned by her father, and was unable to go to school in 2017. This is just a too common problem in Haiti where the close to 60% of the population live under the poverty line, and where there is no opportunity for a decent employment for the vast majority of the people.


  • In Haiti more than 200,000 children remains out of school
  • In Haiti, parents spend on average $130 every year to send their child to school
  • In the early 2000s, about 90% of schools were private. These are very diverse and are run by religious organizations, non-governmental organizations, or for-profit institutions.
  • Several children lose years of schooling and are too old for their grade level when they come back.
  • Close to 60% of the population living under the national poverty line

The Leadership of Ms. Maria Senat

Ms. Maria Senat, is a volunteer and member of HaitiLeve. She was compelled to do something about Christie’s situation. Every day on her way to work, she sees this little girl standing in front of her parents’ doorstep with a sad face. Ms. Senat troubled by this daily scene decided one day to approach her and ask her what was the reason for the sadness etched on her face. Christie’s response moved Ms. Senat into action after Christie informed her that she was sad because she was unable to attend school this year.

When the Board of Directors of HaitiLeve learnt of Christie’s dire circumstances, along with the commitment of Ms Senat to mentor Christie, the idea of the Seeding Hope Program was birthed. HaitiLeve decided to act and the following week the Board of Directors sponsored the USD$150 for Christie to be educated for the entire school year. This cost also covered her uniforms, school supplies and above all, she was able to buy her own shoes.

Looking Back

What would have happened if we did not act? The answer is clear, Christie would have stayed home this year, and most likely next year, then when the opportunity arises several years down the road, she would be to old to join the younger kids. Her future would also be predictable, and this is how the cycle of poverty continues.

How Do We Break The Cycle?

By helping kids like Christie and by mentoring them, we are actually bending the law of probability one kid at a time. This is an evolving story since there a many more chapters to be written.

You can support our work and future with a one-time or monthly donation, no matter how much, your contributions are what led us so far, and what give us the power to go further.


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