On a Friday afternoon, Medelda Saint Vil and thirty of her classmates from Ecole de l'Espoire walked in their white and blue graduation gowns to celebrate their accomplishment for the school year. After singing the Haitian National Anthem, and listening to an emotional speech of what they have achieved, one by one the students walked toward the principle to receive their certificate. Each of them worked hard and performed to the best of their ability to attain what many children in Haiti hoped for, finishing elementary school.
"Today represents all the hard work we have put into the year. It's a symbol of both sadness and happiness. I'm glad to be graduating and moving on, but sad because now I will be separated from my closest friends," said Medelda.
Among the 31 students of the 6th grade class, Medelda went above and beyond what was asked and expected of her, so she was named Valedictorian of her class. In a calm and caring voice, Medelda described her experience at the school as one of the best things that ever happened to her.
"The teachers were very nice and took extra time to work with us when we did not understand the lessons taught. Ecole de L'Espoir really is a great place. When I realized that the school year was ending, I was sad and wanted to stay," she added.
With the school closed for the summer, Medelda looks forward to enjoy some well-deserved rest, and spend some time at her grandmother's home, where she will play around with friends, family, and catch up on reading, before starting the next school year.
Thanks to the support of your generous donations, J/P HRO is able to provide its services to Medelda, and the other 410 students at Ecole de L'Espoir. Please visit us at www.jphro.org to find out more about our programs and how to support our efforts.