Birthday: December 17, 1998
Sponsorship #: 2016-00-158M 

Julanda Benoit is a nineteen year old 7th grader with a very kind heart. She has a huge desire to go to school, but various difficult circumstances have prevented her from being able to go to school consistently.  She was 12 years old when her world literally came crashing down with the earthquake. Her family lost everything. They moved into a tent city in Port au Prince where she lived for two years, unable to attend school. In 2013 she moved to Galette Chambon with her family to start her life over again. At the time, her mother knew nothing about the schools in the area, and even if she did, she couldn’t afford to send Julanda and the others. So Julanda missed yet another year of school. By this time she had fallen very far behind. Once she was finally able to start back to school, the principle tested her to see where her level was and know what class to put her in. She only tested on the fifth grade level. So she was able to return to school, but she had to repeat several grades. She was more than willing to do that though because she has hopes and dreams for the future. Julanda still lives in Galette Chambon with her mother, two sisters and two brothers. She loves studying Computations and wants to be a nurse one day! Julanda’s father isn’t around and her mother works in the BGM orphanage, but it’s very difficult to pay for her school fees consistently. If she were sponsored, Julanda and her large family wouldn’t have to worry about where her next payment came from! She could fulfill her dreams of becoming a nurse, or achieve any goal she set her mind to!