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Haïtí, a new presence after the hurricane - News 2

Letter from a 5th grade Haitian schoolchild:

St Ignatius of Loyola School
Bédoue – Ounaminthe

10th October 2017

Good morning or good evening,

My heart fills with joy to be able to write to you in France.

I am going to tell you a little about Haiti. Oh, really Ayiti1  is a beautiful country because it is in the Antilles Sea and it has beautiful beaches. Ayiti is gentle and peaceful and even if you gave me gold and diamonds, I would never leave it. There are a lot of trees, it's true, but the inhabitants used to cut them down and there is another problem that people like throwing rubbish on the ground, etc. I don't like that and I'd like things to change.

I'm also going to tell you about the road to school. My road to school is very tough; it passes over two big mountains and there are even holes and stones. The canal next to the road was badly built. We did everything we could to remove the stones but it's impossible and when it rains there is a lot of mud on the path. We even have to cross a river to get to school. So I'm late to school everyday because of the road, because the road is impassable and I have to come 5 km, other students have to walk as far as 9 km.

I have a brother and two sisters and my parents are poor so they find it hard to pay for my schooling and the uniform. I don't have any books to follow the lessons. There is no teaching material at school. But I like my school and the other students as well. All the children at the school like talking to the headmistress, Sister Marie-Rose. School starts at seven o'clock with the prayer followed by the flag ceremony when we sing the national hymn followed by the hymn of "faith and joy". We finish off with the Prayer of St Ignatius. For us, school finishes at 1 o'clock but secondary finishes at 3 o'clock.

When I come back from school, I greet my parents, my brothers and sisters, I have a rest, I drink some cherry juice  and I eat a little when possible. At school, they give us a plate of rice or wheat as a meal. Then I do my homework and before going to bed, I thank our Lord for everything He has done for us and I make the sign of the cross as I lie down.

This is my news. I'm looking forward to hearing yours as well. Goodbye, I was delighted to talk to you.



1Haiti in Creole