Saintia is a beautiful young lady from the village of Gros Balancè near the village of Galette Chambon who lives with her mother, father, three sisters, and four brothers. All of her siblings are school age now, and with a very limited income as farmers, her parents just can’t afford to send all of their children to school at once. They know how important it is to learn to read, so they allowed Saintia to go to school until she was in the sixth grade, but after that, she had to give her siblings a turn. Now Saintia is 18 years old and if she finds a sponsor, she will only be in the 7th grade. This is common in Haiti though. Most families cannot afford for more than one or two children at a time to go to these private village schools, so it takes them a very long time to progress. Saintia did pass her national exam that will allow her to advance on to the 7th grade at the high school, so she was very sad when she could not go on. But she is proud of her younger brother and sister who are now going to school. She helps them with their homework and tutors them in all of their subjects. She knows this will keep her skills sharp too for when she is able to get back in school herself!! Sometimes she even gets friends of hers who are still in school to help her learn the subjects they are learning in school. That way when she does get to return, she will be ready. Saintia has dreams of becoming a doctor one day and she is determined to finish. In the meantime, she helps her mother with chores around the house and helps take care of her younger siblings. Every day, though, she prays that God will send her a sponsor so that she can return to school.