Paul Jn Rilus
I love the sport soccer and because I’m an extrovert, I like laughing and talking with my friends. My favorite food is rice with fried fish and fresh orange juice. In my free time, I am always up for an adventure book or a game. My favorite subject is math, and my dream is to become an engineer.
I love learning and spending time with my family. Two principles I live by – never expect too much from others and to stay humble always. After high school, I would like to study physical therapy and fashion. Most importantly, I love Jesus. My favorite food is any kind of pasta. My goal in life is to have enough money to help people in need.
A fun fact about my birthday is that I was born at home since my mom didn’t make it to the hospital in time! My favorite color is neon pink and I love to eat diri sospwa ak lalo. (rice with bean sauce and jute leaves). I love Christmas time because I spend lots of time with family.
I was born in West Virginia in December 2002. When I moved to Haiti at the end of 3rd grade, it became one of the many places I call home. One thing I love is curling up with a good book and a cup of peppermint tea on a rainy day. Another thing I love is teaching 4th-6th graders every Sunday morning at church. I also love to sing. After I graduate, I’m going to take a gap year and work at missions to serve and grow closer to Christ before college.
I’m the second child in my family, with an older brother and two younger sisters. My favorite thing has always been singing, and now I’m using that talent to sing in the worship band at church. My favorite subject is literature and my future goal is to graduate high school and eventually attend law school.
My favorite things to do are playing video games and listening to music. And I love to eat spaghetti and hot dogs. I am a senior this year and all my siblings (4 sisters and 1 brother) have all either graduated or are currently attending Sonlight. Sonlight Academy has been an important part of all my siblings’ lives. I hope to be successful in whatever I choose to do.
I am a senior and I appreciate the way I’ve been educated here at Sonlight Academy. My favorite food is chicken and plantain. What I am most interested in is politics and business. My favorite things to do are learning French and debating with others.
As a senior here at Sonlight, my favorite two subjects are grammar and literature. I love reading romantic books and my future plans include getting married and I’d like to have three kids, two girls and one boy. But before that, I want to study to be a pediatric nurse after high school. I like to eat macaroni gratine, and I have only one little sister, who also attends Sonlight Academy.
Rose Asline Exantus
I was born and raised here in Port de Paix, Haiti. I grew up in a family of six; I have two older sisters and one older brother. My favorite food is rice and beans with chicken sauce. In my free time, I love to read and hang out with my friends and family. My favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. I love babies and want to be a gynecologist. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for my future.
I’m a senior and at Sonlight and live only a minute away from school. I smile a lot and talk to everyone because I’m outgoing. As a Christian, my goal is to be successful in life so that I can help those who didn’t get as lucky as me. I like helping out in just about any situation.
Also known as B2P by my classmates, I’m probably known as the quietest boy in class. I’ve gotten along in all my classes so far, but even more so in computer class, since it’s my favorite. I look forward to Christmas and New Year’s, when I’ll eat my favorite: soup joumou (pumpkin soup). This is my last year at Sonlight Academy, and my goal is to graduate high school and apply for college.
I love spending time with friends and especially with my family, and I also don’t mind being spending time alone. My favorite subject was always math and then in high school, I realized how much I enjoy grammar class. I am an open and friendly person, and want to become both a psychologist and gynecologist one day.
I am a Sonlight senior who loves being around people. I am joyful, easy going, and loving. I try to treat others how I want to be treated – with respect. I believe in myself and know that no matter what happens, I will put my trust in God. As the only child at home, I am responsible to help my mom clean and cook, and one of my favorite dishes is chicken and potatoes fried with hot peppers. I am a responsible person, and I always try to be careful with what I say to others. My goal for this year is to stay focused on God so that I can be an example for others. My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:3.
I like to study and work hard to do well in all my school work. I also like to read for fun, especially romance books with suspense in them. I’ve grown up with my twin brothers and three sisters, and have three best friends. Because I enjoy music and worship, I am part of my church choir. Music calms me and makes me feel happy. In the future, I hope to work in business.
As a senior this year, I hope to finish strong and set an example for others. I am a good friend, and try to always be encouraging, helpful and motivate others. My favorite pastime is playing basketball. This year, my goal is to take computer class really seriously.
Fedeline Jean Baptiste
I am a Haitian girl who attends Sonlight Academy, and my goals are to finish school, attend college, get married, and to live a joyful life. My favorite color is red, which represents the blood of Christ on the cross for us.
I am 18 and a senior this year. I love to sing, draw, and listen to music. My favorite place to be is with family and loved ones. The person I most admire is my mom because she always tries to understand what I’m saying and where I am coming from. In school, I most enjoy literature class, and one of the things I most look forward to is teaching the kids in Wee Worship on Sundays. One of my goals in life is to wake up every day doing something that I love so much that it doesn’t feel like work. I believe that everything in life has its own beauty if you look hard enough.
Happy Fall, Y'all!
Starting off a schoolyear is always hard and busy, and there's just always one.more.thing to be done. More papers to grade, more lessons to plan, and more students who need a little extra...something! This past week, our Sonlight staff got together for a "Happy Fall!" luncheon together. A minute to be thankful for the schoolyear that's going well so far, for good relationships and fellowship, and just to have some fun together.
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Let the Sun Shine!
Friends, we have some great news! We are thrilled to report that, by the power of God and the commitment of so many people, we have reached our financial goal for our solar project! To date, we have purchased 90% of our supplies for this project: 72 batteries, 48 solar panels, 4 inverters, and literally miles of wire. We currently have 24 panels, 3 inverters, and additional wire in dock in miami, waiting to be delivered by freighter. We are waiting for the borders, which have been closed due to Covid-19, to reopen to international vessels for our supplies to be delivered.
Sunshine permitting, we utilize our solar power 9 hours a day. This lessens our fuel dependency by about 35%. With the additional panels and inverters we await delivery on, we will increase our output and also provide better service to our our neighbors and community who rely on us as a source of electricity.
We are so grateful to so many friends and supporters of Sonlight who have made this possible! We continue to rely on the sun for power, and the Son for real power. Thank you for being a part of this ministry, and for helping us reach so many people with all the power we have.
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And the "Faced Most Obstacles to Graduate Award" goes to...
The Class of 2020!
This has had a whirlwind of a senior year! From rioting against the government to a pandemic, this group saw it all. Despite difficulty attending school due to political upheaval in the fall and home learning in the spring, these senior have completed enough coursework and testing to be able to say, “We did it!” Congratulations, class of 2020 Sonlight is proud of this class. God go with you.
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COVID-19 Hits Haiti
Friends and supporters, COVID-19 has reached Haiti and there are confirmed cases. The government has closed all schools, so our building is closed, but our work is FAR from finished and we are pressing on! We are preparing weekly packets for students to pick up and return. We are CAREFUL to maintain distance, allowing a few people in at a time.
Please pray for Haiti. The people here are friendly, social, live closely, visit each other, and spend time together. Social distancing will be/is so difficult here - literally and emotionally. And we miss our students' sweet faces!
Pray for our students, their families, our community, our many Haitian friends working in healthcare, our health, and that our ministry can continue in creative ways.
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Sonlight's Bright News!
Friends of Sonlight, Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our solar project.
You blew us away with your response! Here’s the update on where we stand now:
We have raised $81,000, and have purchased 7 inverters, 72 batteries, 48 solar panels, 1 charge/controller, thousands of feet of wire and cable, and associated supplies. We are installing batteries and an inverter that arrived this week on the boat that ships our supplies from the states, and we will receive 48 panels and the final inverters on the next boat. We plan to order the final 60 solar panels and 3 charge/controllers to complete this project by the end of May. We still need $6000 to finish the project – it’s not too late to help!
I Have a Dream...
Sonlight Third Grade style.
I have a dream that Haiti doesn’t have demonstrations. Houlda and Andgie
I have a dream – no littering. Westen
My dream is to don’t throw trash in the street anymore. Lentz
I have a dream is that the gas price came down. Ted
My dream is that Haiti don’t do anything that is bad. Victorine
My dream is I want the people of Port-de-Paix to put (their) head together. Elizabeth
I have a dream that Haiti will have good roads. Eva
I have a dream is Haiti is like America. Matz (Matz has never visited the US)
I have dream that everyone would not die. Max Lunens
I have a dream that one day Haiti will have a good president. Chartanie
I have a dream that Haiti have electricity to watch movies. Kaylenn
I have a dream that Haiti is going to be delivered. Jeamarly
I have a dream that Haiti becomes beautiful like America. Andrice (Andrice has never visited the US)
I have a dream that Haiti would change for the better. Samuel
I have a dream that Haiti will get rain. Nebby
I have a dream that Haiti is clean. Ketsia
Christmas at Sonlight!
Thank you to our friends, supporters, churches and families for making Christmas at Sonlight so wonderful this year! Our students were showered with gifts on the last day of school Christmas parties in their classes and we had as much fun watching them open and receive all your gifts as they did getting them! We wish you could have seen it yourself! Merry Christmas!
You Add, We'll Multiply!
Friends of Sonlight,
We are so thankful for your support and concern for us in this difficult time in Haiti. We asked for funds for additional solar panels and related equipment, and you responded! We are working hard to raise the remaining $30,000 and have Sonlight supporters who have agreed to match the remaining gifts up to $15,000! Please consider a gift to Sonlight for this project. Your $20 becomes $40, your $100 becomes $200. We have lots of sun, and need your help to help share the Son!
For the past 15 months, Haiti has been in a dire fuel crisis. Due to corruption and instability in the government, Haiti is unable to pay for fuel already purchased. Other countries from whom Haiti normally buys fuel are now refusing to sell to Haiti, as they are still owed for past fuel delivered and know they will likely not be paid for future sales. This fuel shortage has affected every area of life in Haiti - transportation, communication, healthcare, electricity, availability and preservation of food. The list is long. We at Sonlight have certainly felt the effects, and as a result, we have been forced to turn off our generator for up to 12 hours a day. We have shortened our school days, and when the power is off, we do not have water pumps, lights, fans, or refrigeration for supplies purchased. We do have some solar power but it is limited in meeting our power need when the generator is off. We believe that the fuel crisis may be here to stay. We also believe it is time for Sonlight to find an alternative solution to generated power, and to decrease our dependency on fossil fuel.
Though we will never be independent of generator power, we can substantially decrease our fuel dependency (up to 40%) by operating during daylight hours with solar power. Our goal is to provide enough power during the daytime to function normally.
We are asking for your help. We know you have invested time, effort, work, money and your heart into Sonlight, and we want to continue what God has called us here to do - to effectively reach the people here for Christ. We are also aware this is quite an endeavor, something we cannot accomplish on our own. We are asking you not only to give, but to ask others to give as well - to support us not just by giving, but by giving people you know the opportunity for generosity as well. The people of Haiti remind us of the Macedonian Christians: "Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity." (2 Cor. 8) We see daily Haitian Christians living out rich generosity. We are confident that with your support and the power of God, we can make this happen.