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My name is Stephania Augustin, and I’m in 5th grade at St Paul school in La Vallee de Jacmel. I have 3 sisters, Marie Alexandra, Florence and Schelda. I am 10 years old. I live in a very small village located in Sud Est of Haiti. It is a very nice place in the mountains. I love living here, even though we don’t have electricity or running water.

My family does not have a large income because only my father works on his very small farm. There is no irrigation system and it does not rain often. My father just can't make that much from his hard work. My father was trained to be a fruit harvester, but there no such jobs for him around La Vallee. He would like to create his own business one day, but he has no money to invest. My father has a great deal of pride, but he is getting old - he is around 50.

I like to go to school and I like math. I am working hard and want to get a degree in agriculture later. Since I am from the countryside, I love plants, and I am sure I will be able to help my people and my family.

God bless everybody.


  • Update from La Vallee: May 2010

    Below is an excerpt from La Vallee Alliance's most recent newsletter. If you are interested in contributing to their sports uniforms/school supplies drive and/or their school kitchen project, please visit the La Vallee Alliance website here . -- Dear Friends of LaVallee Alliance, Thank you again for your interest and support of our efforts to help the people of LaVallee de Jacmel, Haiti. As you can see from the note from Florine, your donations are making a real difference in the lives of LaVallee students. We have several new projects underway to tell you about! We are excited to be planning our trip to Haiti, scheduled for the second week of June. We have been meeting with key members of the NGO community here in D.C. involved in the Haitian relief efforts and plan to meet with their counterparts in Port au Prince. We hope to partner with these larger organizations, draw attention to our mountainous rural community, and learn from their expertise as we plan our future programs...
  • Thank-you note from Stephania

    La Vallee forwarded the following message from Stephania: "Because of your support, I got full tuition for this year. I thank you for this gesture and in return, I promise to work harder to get better grades this year. My family is joining together to say thank you for your kindness." Please message her back to show your continued support!
  • Update from La Vallee: April 2010

    La Vallee recently provided the following update on the school: --- Antonica shared with us the urgent need of getting the children back to school as quickly as possible. Thanks to all of you, much progress has already been made. Last week we wired funds collected at our event to the team in Haiti, and the next day construction began on a temporary structure to house 610 students at St. Paul’s School. Thanks to donations we have continued to receive over the past several weeks, we were able to send additional funds last week to complete this temporary school building. This means students were able to return to school last week for the first time in over three months. We hope that we can replicate this project for the numerous other schools that have been damaged in LaVallee. Here are pictures of the St. Paul’s School project, showing construction underway and the completed temporary school building. The La Vallee team The students Under construction The need continues to grow as stu...
  • Update from LaVallee de Jacmel, Haiti

    Please click on the link below for an update from the field: LaVallee Update


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