Student Spotlight: Meet Jean Bethsaïda

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Jean Bethsaïda, CanEducate Student Ambassador, attends New Star of Bethlehem School in Cap-Haitien.

In 2010, Help for Haiti was founded in response to the devastating earthquake that affected more than 3 million people across the region. With a mission to feed and educate children in northern Haiti, Help for Haiti aims to stop multi-generational poverty by empowering communities and individuals. In 2019 CanEducate partnered with the organization to provide critical funding that keeps students in schools, enabling Help for Haiti’s tuition assistance program to grow by about 30% during the 2022-2023 school year.

Jean Bethsaïda is one of the students supported by the CanEducate and Help for Haiti partnership. Jean has attended the New Star of Bethlehem School in Cap Haitien for the past nine years and received support from Help for Haiti since the second grade. Now 16 years old and in ninth grade, Jean has been a CanEducate student ambassador since the partnership’s inception in 2019. Recently, we got to know Jean a little better in an interview facilitated by teachers at the New Star of Bethlehem School and Help for Haiti.

“My favorite hobby is dancing. I love to dance!” said Jean. “I am living with my aunt because my parents are separated. My mother is selling pies and sausages in a district far from Cap-Haitien. I have two sisters and five brothers.”

Jean will reach a major milestone in the 2023-2024 school year: she will be among the first students supported by CanEducate funding to attend high school.

“I always tell myself that my dream is to continue my education until university.”

– Jean Bethsaïda, CanEducate Student Ambassador

“I would like to learn more in the health field such as something related to medicine or mental health,” said Jean. I also want to learn a vocational trade like cosmetology during my vacation so I can be prepared to take care of myself a bit earlier.”

The CanEducate team wishes Jean all the best with her academic goals! We are incredibly proud of Jean and fellow students for all they have achieved.

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