Thaina is a bright thirteen year old from the village of Gwo Balanse near Galette Chambon. She has one older brother and the two of them live with their aunt. Their mother died of Typhoid and they father has never been around. Thaina loves to cook and she loves kids. So one day she wants to cook for the school! She is happy that she can go to school in the village because Pastor Johel allows her to go for free until she can find a sponsor. He knows how hard it is for Thaina’s aunt to care for two extra children, so he has offered to help by letting her go to school. She loves school! Her favorite subject is mathematics. When she’s not in school, she enjoys helping her aunt wash the clothes and the dishes and helping her cook for the family. Thaina just loves to help because so many people have helped her. She is so thankful that she is now getting a chance to find a sponsor because she thinks it is neat that someone from America will know her name and pray for her and maybe even one day come see her! She is very thankful to all of the Americans who have sacrificed to sponsor children in her school.