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Adianie does not know her father but lives with her mom when she is not at the HDA. She also has two brothers. Adianie attended a different school for the deaf in the past but was not able to continue because of serious financial problems. Her mother is excited that she is now getting a good education. She has adapted to the HDA program very well. Adianie has a great attitude and will always greet you with a smile. Adianie has special learning needs and benefits from a slower pace.
Abimael is one of 10 children. His family lives in Port Au Prince. Abimael has some physical challenges and learning challenges. He is many times very hungry and poorly cared for at home as there is little money and his family can not communicate with him. He is always kind and friendly
Bendjy lives with his family in Leveque. He has two older deaf brothers. He is beginning to lose his peripheral vision due to Usher Syndrome. His other family members also suffer from vision narrowing. Bendjy is kind and smart. He gets along well with the other children.
Doodly is thirteen years old. His parents live in Duclos, a town within Cabaret. Before receiving an education at the Haiti Deaf Academy, Doodly had no language or academics. His parents learned of the Academy and were thrilled at the opportunity to enroll him. Doodly loves to dance and to play with the other children at school. Doodly went onboard the US Navy Ship Comfort in 2019 for a hernia surgery.
Kenelson lives with his mother and two brothers in Titanyen. Another ministry realized that Kenelson was deaf and contacted Haiti Deaf Academy. HDA realized Kenelson had genu valgum of his legs (knocked knees), this was very painful and he was unable to run or play with the kids his age. In 2020, Kenelson had orthopedic surgery in Haiti and had his legs corrected. He attended physical therapy and has recovered. He has about 70% improvement and can run and keep up with the other students pain free.
Fednelson is smart and playful with the younger boys! He loves to learn new things and can remember them well. He impressed a plumber when he assisted him easily by watching. He lives with his two sisters and mother in a dangerous area of Port Au Prince, and can not go home for visits sometimes. His sister is also an HDA student. We believe he has a bright future!
Handy is from Arcahaie where his mother and three siblings live. His mother ran into us one day when we took the kids to the beach and was eager to get Handy in school and around others who can sign. Handy has never seen his father so the male figures at HDA are very important to him. He is frequently visited by his grandmother, who truly loves him. Handy is an exceptionally loving boy with a sweet smile.
Jeffte acted out aggressively to the other children when he first came to HDA. He carried hurt and anger inside of him. In the last two years he has transformed, the love and stability of the staff at HDA have healed some of his hurts. He is playful and learns quickly.
Jesmy Joseph lives with his parents in Orianie when he is not staying at the HDA. He has three brothers and sisters. In the past, he went to a different school for the deaf, but he was not able to adapt so his brother brought him to the Haiti Deaf Academy. When he first arrived he knew no sign language at all but we are proud that he is learning and adapting very well. He has a great attitude, loves to play with the other deaf children and enjoys living at the HDA. Jesmy is quiet and slow to smile, once he feels comfortable he is outgoing and fun! He is kind to the younger children.
My name is Mathilde Saintima and I am the mother of five children- three sons and two daughters. Two of my children have significant hearing loss. Neither are able to attend hearing schools. My husband, Fritz, and I tried two different school for Belineda (now age 11) and Fritznelson (now age 6), but were not able to afford the tuition for either school and unfortunately, we had to remove Belineda and Fritznelson from classes.
We love our children dearly and want them all to reach their potential and to know Jesus as their Savior. Without language, neither of those goals seemed realistic for Belineda and Fritznelson. We believe both kids to be very intelligent and it broke our hearts that we could not provide the education they deserved or have the conversations we wanted to share about God's love.
In looking for another option for them, we learned of the Haiti Deaf Academy in Cabaret. We lived Bon Repos at the time, so the daily commute would have be impossible. However, we then realized that Belineda and Fritznelson could live on the HDA property and come home on holidays or even weekends as transportation was available. And we could visit them as often as we were able.
Fritznelson has a lot of personality! He is funny and engaging. He loves his parents. Sometimes he struggles to learn in school and need more time for assignments. He is a people person and we pray for him to learn a skill for a good future.
A sweet young girl who comes from Port De Paix in northwest Haiti. She has two sisters and is taken care of by her mother when she goes home for the holidays. D’Joulie was one of the first children to come to our school for education. She started with no language but is now very competent in sign. D'Joulie is beautiful and always smiling. D’Joulie is a leader among the girls and she is always willing to help others.
Julbernard was home with his mother and favorite goat when he had a small accident that injured his leg. There is very little medical care in Haiti, and though he was taken for care, he passed away from his injury. Julbernard knew the Lord and we know he is at peace.
Kerrine is from an extremely poor family in Sources Matelas. Her dad has chosen not to take responsibility for her, but she is well loved and cared for by her grandmother. We asked her mother to visit more often, but she claimed she can’t since she does not have anything to bring her daughter when she comes. Kerrine is a very silly and animated little girl who loves playing with the other girls, stuffed animals and giving hugs with a running start. Kerrine has some educational challenges and does better with extra time. She is enjoying life on the new campus.
Kervens is from a neighborhood called Duclos in Cabaret, Haiti where his stepfather and mother live. His mother says that Kervens’ father abandoned him because of his deafness. Kervens has an older brother and an older and younger sister. A friend of one of our staff informed Kervens’ mother about our academy a few months ago. Realizing his need for an education, she brought him to live with us and attend our school. Kervens is incredibly sweet and friendly. He is a curious little boy who has proven him self eager to learn since his first days with us.
Kervens is friendly and kind to younger children. He is a good student.
Micheline is the youngest of six deaf siblings from a home in Saint Michel, Haiti. Both of her parents are deaf as well.
Micheline is incredibly curious and is doing very well in school. Micheline has lived at HDA since she was very young and we have high hopes for her education.
Mileilla was born in the Dominican Republic, but soon after her birth her mother sent her to live with her grandmother in Haiti. Mileilla’s grandmother loves her very much and comes to visit her at the academy often. Her grandmother is very poor and would not be able to send Mileilla to school without the help of the Haiti Deaf Academy. She is a mild and happy little girl, and very determined. She gets along with the other children both in the home and at school. Mileilla grandmother has aged and is not well. Her mother now lives in Guyana. Mileilla hopes to be reunited with her mother in Guyana this year. She is happy in the new cottages with girls her age.
Miselande is a tiny girl from a crowded village near Arcahahie. She has one brother and her mother is very involved in her life and proud of all her daughter has learned in school. Miselande is one of the brightest in her class. She takes pride in what she knows; answering questions any time she can. She is extremely friendly, energetic and sweet.
Pardieu started coming to the Academy in September 2015, Pardieu came to HDA from St. Michel, in the northern part of Haiti, where his parents live. He was brought to us by one of our deaf employees who is also from St Michel. Pardieu had never attended school and had little language. He was very shy, but after being fitted for hearing aids and receiving speech training, his world has opened up! He is now our oldest male student and a leader. His love for the Bible is encouraging. Each morning he is happy to write the daily Bible verse on the gate, as we prepare to discuss it before the students leave for school. Pardieu likes to speak and wears his hearing aides daily. He often reads and writes Creole for his family. He is proud of his language abilities in Sign and Creole. He likes to lead worship. He is a good example to the younger children.
Patrick was dropped off by his step-mother in an extremely malnourished state, but the nourishment he receives here - physically, spiritually, and emotionally is helping him grow. Just look at the difference between the two photos of him on this page. He is a joyful and affectionate boy who is able to withstand even the roughest horseplay. His small size does not hold him back!
Patrick knows he is going to age out of our boarding school program this year. He has no where to go as his father is no longer in Haiti and his step-mother has rejected him. Patrick is lonely and shows stress about his future. We know the Lord has a plan for his life and we will always protect him.
Pewoudy is from the island of Haiti called La Gonave where his mother makes and sells charcoal for a living. He has four brothers and no sisters. Pewoudy's aunt lives near the HDA and recommended she send him here. He came to our home with no knowledge of sign language but began to pick it up quickly. Pewoudy is eager to do well and earns good marks in class for good behavior. He loves to play with the other children at the home when he is not at school. And has become a leader among the boys here.
Raudenel came to Haiti Deaf Academy with his older sister, Dacheca, from a nearby town. They have a large and supportive family. Their mother and father prayed for a long time that God would provide a Christian place for them to be educated in a language they could understand. They were so glad when they found HDA and said it was an answer to prayer.
Raudenel is a kind twelve year old who is usually smiling. He is also a great role model for his peers and the younger students. And he does very well in school.
TCHOUSLY CAME FROM A VERY POOR HOME BELANGER, A NEIGHBORHOOD IN CABARET. HIS PARENTS ARE STILL TOGETHER AND HE HAS A YOUNGER AND AN OLDER SISTER. TCHOUSLY HAS A VERY LIKEABLE PERSONALITY AND WAS QUITE POPULAR IN THE AREA IN WHICH HE WAS RAISED.
Tchoudly comes to Life Skills daily. He is reserved and studious. He enjoys the other boys and is ready to learn. He is strong and works hard around his home for his family
Urcher is from Arcahaie where her mother and stepfather take good care of her. Urcher has one younger sister who likes to visit her. She loves to play with the other girls and boys at the home. She is a loveable little girl who loves dancing and giving hugs.
Urcher is a positive leader among the older girls. She is dependable and smart. She enjoys learning and helping the younger kids.
Wadena is the fourth of six deaf siblings from a home in Saint Michel, Haiti. Both of her parents are deaf as well. Wadena is remarkably loving and light-hearted. In school, Wadena is very cooperative and well liked by her teachers.
Wadena is smart and mature. She struggles with not seeing her mom and older sisters who live in PAP, yet misses her peers when at home. Wadena keeps a lot of her thoughts to herself, and we work hard to help her open up
Wilphnie’s parents moved to Chile and left her in the care of an Aunt. At times Wilphnie was unhappy when home from school. This year another Aunt took her in and they have so much love between them! Wilphnie is animated and loving. She gets along with the little girls and follows the rules. She enjoys school and is quick to learn.
Yolande is the fifth of six deaf siblings from a home in Saint Michel, Haiti. Both of her parents are deaf as well. She is very smart and is excelling in her class at school. Yolande is an all-around good student and friend. She has been at HDA for many years and is well liked by everyone. She is a good student.
Rose is reserved. She has a lovely family who treat her very well. When she first came to HDA she looked at the other children with surprise. Now she is laughing and playing along with the other girls. Rose has Turner’s Syndrome and is not as strong as the others. She is blossoming on our new campus and in cottage life. She is a deep thinker and often observes before joining in.
Zacari’s parents live in Carrfour, but he joined the Haiti Deaf Academy after living with his uncle near Cabaret. His parents were looking for a school for him to attend, when they heard of the Haiti Deaf Academy. They sent his uncle to see if it would be possible for him to attend our program. Zacari has three siblings and he is very kind. Before his arrival, he had no language and had never attended school. Now he is at the top of his class! He enjoys taking part in all of the activities at HDA.
Zacari is happy and fun! He likes to hang out with the other boys and play sports and work around the campus. He has lots of energy and is a good student.