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Thursday, April 12, 2012

H.E.R.O. Children Again at the Top!

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The children in our care are simply amazing.  They have come from truly disadvantaged backgrounds, lived lives filled with tragedy, hunger, poor education, sadness, and too many other obstacles to write about here.  Our children arrived at H.E.R.O. fragile individuals, needing a loving and caring environment that could help them reach their true potential in all aspects of their lives.  While there is no doubt that we still have a long road ahead of us, today we celebrate the academic achievement of our children, a feat like no other, reaching a level of academic success in such a short time, that even I, as an experienced educator, find truly inspiring.

Yesterday the results of the second trimester exams were released, and our children performed impressively.  Robenson placed first in his class, earning the highest score in the third grade.  Valencia was a close third, also performing well in her third grade class.  Dayanna earned the highest score in the second grade, with Franky coming in a very close second in the same class, both outperforming all 14 of their peers.  I remind you that one year ago Franky did not know how to write his name, identify colors, or count to 20.  Luckneau, who has been with us for 3 months now, scored superbly on his first grade exams, despite having arrived without being able to identify the letters of the alphabet.  And finally, Billy earned the second highest grade in his 5th grade class, raising his score tremendously from what he received the first trimester.  I think the comment from Franky was what impressed me the most about his performance on the exam, and his understanding of what it means for him in life.  After reviewing his report card with him, I asked if he had any further questions.  He said, “I want to say thank you.  Before I arrived at H.E.R.O. I was never able to do any of these things.  Now, I can read, I can write, and I can do math.  Thank you.” 

Our mission to raise orphans to become productive citizens of Haiti and the world hinges on the positive effects of education.  You can read about our philosophy HERE to better understand how our ideas come together, and that when you provide the necessary housing, education, and rehabilitation for the orphans of Haiti you can help children become healthy, educated, self-reliant and socially conscious citizens of the world.  But we can’t do any of this without your continued support.  In fact, 5 of our children are still in need of sponsors, so that we can continue to provide them with all the necessities of life, so that they can maintain this path of success.  With your help, we can create better programming, help more orphans, and truly make a difference in the lives of the children of Haiti.
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  1. You guys are doing amazing things and I love reading your posts about the success of these children. It is truly remarkable how much they have been able to learn in such little time. Keep up the great work and I look forward to hearing about their progress in future posts.

    Matt Doyle

  2. This story brought tears to my eyes! What a wonderful accomplishment, and what a difference you are making in these children's lives!