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The Girls of Consolation Center (A Project of Djoune and Edouard Constant)

The Girls of Consolation Center (A Project of Djoune and Edouard Constant)

Consolation Center – Our Girls and Their Stories

A project of Djoune and Edouard Constant with the help of IHAF and friends

Consolation Center is a project seeking to meet the needs of Homeless Girls and other needs of the area. It was begun by Edouard and Djeune Constant, at first using only their own resources.

The girls new home has been built and is largely supported by donations through International Humanitarian Aid Foundation, Inc., www.ihaf.us. All donations are tax deductible.

We hope and pray that many will hear the call that we have heard – to help all those in Haiti that need our help so desperately, especially the children.

Dieunie and Dieunika Chaperon – born August 13, 2005

Twin girls, now 5 years old. Their mother has 7 children and cannot care for them all. Their father who was in prison in Port au Prince may have been killed in the earthquake, no one knows his whereabouts since then. Mom was going to abandon them when she heard about Consolation Center. She asked if we could take them in. They came to us with signs of mal-nutrition. Now they are doing much better, Dienika loves going to school, Dieunie’s not so sure! She thinks it’s a game to sneak out of school and have other children come to find her! We are sure they will both do great as they adjust to their new home and way of life!

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Brisline Jean :

She was born in 2000, Brisline Father’s left the family

since she was born. Brisline doesn’t know her Dad.

She has 4 siblings, her mother cannot take care of them, she

left them with their 73 year old Grand Mother. Her Grand

Mother heard about consolation home for girls she came

and asked to receive all of them unfortunately ,we do not have enough place and want to give a chance another need. We accepted two of them. Brisline and her little sister Dadine. Brisline loves to have her hair done!

Dadine Jean – born in 2001.

Sister of Brisline. She has 4 siblings, her mother can not take care of them, so she left them with their 73 year old Grand Mother. Her Grand Mother heard about Consolation home for girls she came

and asked to us to take all of them, unfortunately ,we did not have enough space and wanted to give a chance to others in need. We now have space for more but continue to need sponsors for each of our girls. Dadine has a great smile and is finally beginning to show it!

Samorah Pierre

Was born in 2000; she is the youngest of 4 brothers, 2 sisters. Her parents’ can’t afford to take care of her .They gave her away and someone else took her where she worked as a slave. One morning, we saw her crying in the street, she asked us if we have a place for her to stay. Since that time she has been with us, she is doing well at school and is a great hard working kid.

Manoucheka Sinal – born 2003

We don’t have a lot of details about her age but she said when she came to us that she is 7 years old.

Her parents died in Gonaive during the hurricane of 2006. A Lady from Les Cayes took her in, later her husband kicked her out because she eats too much. She was found living on the street and brought to Eddie and Djeune to see if they would take her in. She has lots of energy but especially loves the beach! She always asks to go to the beach!

Daniela Calixte – born in 2000 Daniela was born in May 2000, she is the 6th in her family with a single Mom with 9 kids. Her mom did not have a place to stay with all of them in a remote village area. They used to sleep under a mango tree and never went to school. Edouard had a field mission and met a few of the girls while waiting for a little rain to pass. When he got back home to talk to Djeune (his wife), she agreed we should take them into Consolation Center. (Daniela, Shoponie and Adline Calixte) Daniela likes to wear bright colors and work with beads making jewelry.

Sophonie Calixte – born 2001

Was born in 2001 , she is the 7th in her

Family(single Mom) with 9 kids Her mom did not have a place to stay with all of them in a remote village area. They used to sleep under a mango tree and never went to school. Edouard had a field mission and met a few of the girls while waiting for a little rain to pass. When he got back home to talk to Djeune (his wife), she agreed we should take them into Consolation Center. (Daniela, Shoponie and Adline Calixte) Sophonie loves to help out and is good in school!

Adline Calixte – born 2002

she is the 8th in her Family(single Mom) with 9 kids. Daniela’s family did not have a place to stay with all of them. They used to sleep under a mango three and never went to school. Edouard had a field mission and met them while waiting for a little rain to pass. When he got back home to talk to Djeune (his wife), she agreed we should take them into Consolation Center. (Daniela,Shoponie and Adline Calixte). Adline is very smart and does well in school!

Litane Etienne – born 2000
She was born in 2000 at Maniche. She was abandoned by her Mother and stayed with her father’s mother. But she worked at the house as a slave child. She was so malnourished she was too weak to work. The grandmother kicked her out. Edouard was doing a humanitarian field mission project for the UN where he met her in the street. He took her to the hospital where she was hospitalized for 3 months for treatment. She is doing so much better now. Going to school and after a year now of good nutrition, her signs of mal-nourishment (red hair, bloated belly, etc.) are finally disappearing.

Tamara Wagnac – born 2004

She was born in 2004. She used to be a prisoner of her

Father who was using drugs and alcohol. Her Mom ran away in 2003 and no one knows where she is. Tamara is very quiet. She is slowly coming out of her shell as she interacts more with the other kids and adults. She is to experiencing a life of caring for the first time.

Yousline Renaudin born 2003.

She was 6 years old in 2009 when she was dropped with her

birth certificate by someone at our front gate. She says she has three other sisters – they are now living with an aunt who cannot care for anymore. No one knows where her mother is. She is very cute, great personality and plays well with everyone. She loves to have visitors sit and play or do crafts with her!

Merisianne Jean Pierre – born 2004

She was born in 2004, She is a very good girl;

She used to stand at the corner to ask for money

or food to take care of her two oldest sisters who are handicaped.

Merisianne’s parents are mentally handicapped also and were not able to care for or raise her properly. The Doctor here says that Merisianne is healthy and normal. She is doing well in school and is a joy to have with us!

Lora Benoit – born 1998

She was born in June 1998, Lora doesn’t know her Dad. She lived with her single Mother since she was born. Lora is a very bright girl with a stong sense of responsibility for the younger girls. She is great to have around. Because she is a little older, during the school year she stays with another family close to the school program for her level. We continue to pay for all expenses and she comes to be with us on the weekends. We miss her when she’s not around!

Lora’s Mom (Yvrose) came around Consolation Center to help us cook for a feeding program that we were running (we paid her with food for work.) One day she came with Lora and the little sister Fabiola.

They enjoyed being at Consolation Center so much they refused to go back home where they had so little and life was so difficult. They love being with the other girls and have become members of our family. Yvros works with us all the time now and is one of our house mothers.

Fabiola Zamy – born in August 2001

(sister to Lora-different father)
She was born in August 2001. She lived with her single Mother since she was born. Fabiola likes colors, lots of colors, in her hair, her clothes, her drawings!

Fabiola’s Mom (Yvrose) came around Consolation Center to help us cook for a feeding program that we were running (we paid her with food for work.) One day she came with Lora and the little sister Fabiola.

They enjoyed being at Consolation Center so much they refused to go back home where they had so little and life was so difficult. They love being with the other girls and have become members of our family. Yvros works with us all the time now and is one of our house mothers.

Natinia – born 1997

She came to us when she was 13 years old. She is currently the oldest at Consolation Center. She used to come to our feeding program, she would walk two hours to get to our place to get food. One day, she asked if she could stay and she decided to never go back home. When we investigated her home, we found that she was being allowed to sleep there but was not cared for in any other way. Now she knows what a home can feel like and she loves her new family.

Willienne Deralin – born 1999

Wilienne Deralin is 11 years old, she never went to school. Her mother passed away when she was 3. After her mother died she moved from Les Anglais to find her father in Port au Prince at Cité Soleil. After the earthquake of January 12 she had not heard about her father. She lived by herself.

A woman from Les Cayes picked her up to become a restavek (a child who is kept for domestic service). When their arrived in Les Cayes, the woman’s husband refused to take her in. He did not like her at all and kicked her out of the house. After that she lived in the streets of Les Cayes until a Canadian Policeman working with the UN found her and took her to the regional Social Services office. Social services via our friend Nathalie called us to see if we could take this girl in.

Willienne is a nice, kind and intelligent girl. She had never been to school before now. Yet, she has the greatest desire to learn to read, write and speak foreign languages. During one day she learned how to write her name. Willienne deserves a chance.

Islande Jean Baptiste – born 2007.

She is three years old. Islande has been an orphan since was born (her Mother died the day she gave birth)

No one knows who her father is. She was adopted by a friend of her mother where she stayed for three years. This family lost everything in the earthquake and the family is no longer able to take care of her. They were seeking people to keep her as a restavek but no one wanted her because she is too young. One of the women that cooks for us, Madam Vilaire, asked if we can do something. Our heart broke to hear her story, we could only say “yes” when asked to take her in.

Claudine Petro – born 2001

Claudine is a 9 year old girl who lived with her mother and step father. She worked in the fields all day. She has had no access to education. Her step father, had been mistreating her physically. She was not allowed to ever show that she was tired. Claudine had to wake up early and go to bed late every day. Any day she did not work hard she did not receive anything to eat. Her mother allowed her to become a slave (a restavek), just to find food to eat. Her mother was heart broken by that but could not do more. One day God sent Edouard to the place where she worked. Claudine told Eddie that she was seeking a place to get away from her owners. Now Claudine is no longer a slave for food, She is free as every kid should be, will receive an education, and, with the help of many, will grow up as a child in Haiti as a child should.

Sophia – her real name is Noradia Fils-Aime, – born- 2/4/2006

Sophia’s Grandmother – Rutha Dely

Sophia actually came to the US in 2007 for corrective heart surgery when she was 1 year old through Rotary International’s Gift of Life Program, District 7490. The wonderful part is that Andy Topp, President of IHAF, (designer and primary builder of Consolation Center), is also Chairman of the Gift of Life program. He, Sophia, and Rutha have a special bond. Sophia loves to follow Andy around and hold his hand. Even though she is only 4, she is very smart and often tells the older girls what they should be doing!

Born to a mother with severe tuberculosis and a mental disorder, she and her 16 year old sister were being raised by their grandmother in Carrefour, outside Port au Prince. Their house was destroyed in the earthquake and they lost everything. The grandmother had someone contact the family they had stayed within the US to see if someone could adopt Sophia. After investigating, we decided to take her and her grandmother into Consolation Center. Her sister is now living with an aunt and uncle. Rutha helps us with all the children now and is part of our staff/family!

We are thrilled to have them all!

Merty Stanise – 9 years old.

Merty was rescued by police and social workers who had a report that she was being badly beaten by her “owners”. She was a restavek being beaten if she did not work hard enough. The woman who beat her was arrested and is awaiting trial (its very unusual that she was arrested). When we asked her if she has been beaten frequently, she said yes. We asked her why she did not run away. Her response, “they would have killed me”.

Her shoulder and her other welts and bruises are healing and so is her spirit as she is learning that there are people who can love and care for her! She is going to school for the first time and enjoys it a lot! She will spend a lot of time during the summer doing school work, trying to catch up to her age group. But now she smiles and plays like a young girl should!

Consolation Center is a project seeking to meet the needs of Homeless Girls and other needs of the area. It was begun by Edouard and Djeune Constant, at first using only their own resources.

The girls new home has been built and is largely supported by donations through International Humanitarian Aid Foundation, Inc., www.ihaf.us. All donations are tax deductible.

We hope and pray that many will hear the call that we have heard – to help all those in Haiti that need our help so desperately, especially the children.

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