Jonathan, 'J.J.'Age 12
J.J. has a tough exterior, but he’s a real softie once you get to know him. His mother passed away giving birth to him, and he often imagines what kind of mother she would have been, but his face lights up when he talks about his father, who never misses a scheduled visit. JJ is both witty and compassionate. In class, he can sometimes be a handful, but he always finds a way to make his teachers smile. On the days he misbehaves the most, he will often write an apologetic note promising to have a better day.
The goal of the mission is to provide a safe, nurturing environment for Haitian children who do not have one. Children are cared for medically, nutritionally, educationally and spiritually. They are taught in both French and English, with a goal of achieving at least a high school diploma. Christian prayer and guidelines are a part of their daily life, as is a sense of giving back to the mission though work and responsibility.