The gift of education lasts a lifetime, not just the holiday season. Meet Mika Antoine, whho is pursuing a whole new life through the generosity of donors to Haitian Educational Initiatives.
Our first future high school graduate
Seventeen-year-old Mika Antoine is a sophomore at ICOSA, a high school in Cayes-Jacmel, Haiti. She’s petite, vibrant and friendly teen who relishes the challenges at school and in our job training program, where she is learning computer skills, dressmaking, painting and dance. A smart, caring person and natural leader, she is an excellent role model for the 109 other children following in her footsteps in our tuition, feeding and job training programs.
What might her life have been otherwise?
In a country with 85% unemployment, Haitian parents who can’t provide for their children face tragic choices: they may abandon them, put them up for adoption, or sell them into indentured servitude. For the 50% of children with no access to education, life prospects are grim: abuse, early pregnancy, prostitution and crime are common outcomes.
Together, we are improving her prospects
The poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is on our doorstep. The Haitian government is not yet able to intervene in a significant way but we can. HEI partners with two Haitian community groups to identify children in need and help them develop the intellectual and professional skills they need to pursue better lives and rebuild their country. Our generous donors have helped Mika find promising new options in life.
Please help a child like Mika today
On #GivingTuesday, people around the world are acting together to address problems like poverty, disease, and lack of education. Please help us raise $12,000 to enable Mika and others like her to go to school and learn to support themselves. $500 will provide one child’s education, food, and job training for one year. $150 covers tuition, uniforms, backpaacks books and school supplies. Your gift will change her life and yours.
Let’s share our blessings this holiday season!