Written by: Mark Wallace, Executive Director of Organizational Culture & International Partners
Hermmy is a driven young woman, from a neighbourhood called Canaan, just north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We met Hermmy in November 2012, just one month after she flew to Canada to receive a life-saving cardio surgery through the support of United Brethren in Christ Church (UBIC). Shortly after her surgery, Hermmy returned home to Haiti and joined our sponsorship program. Now at 23 years old, she values her education and is eager to graduate and help lift her family out of poverty.
The past two years have been very difficult for Hermmy and her family. Her neighbourhood is under the control of gang members, and in order to continue with her education, Hermmy lives in a different area, away from her parents and three sisters. Despite the challenges, Hermmy pushes on, determined to do well and keep up with her studies. During the week, she attends her classes, and on the weekends, she studies computer repair at the vocational school.
The constant and reliable support of our global programs has let Hermmy dream further into her future, setting long-term goals for herself and her family that she is able to achieve through education.
“Being able to attend school is wonderful because that’s where dreams start to unfold.”