So yes, Fr. Louis is not building a single school, he is building several schools! A few weeks back I reached out to Fr. Louis, and shared that Rooted wanted to help. I asked if there was a specific teacher or particular need that we could focus on. Enthusiastically Fr. Louis told me the story of a heroic young lady, Maudelaine Siffard. This beautiful young woman is a 26 year old professional teacher who hails from the small community of Maniche, a Commune in the South Départment of Haiti. She is the youngest of 4 kids in her family, and in her own words enjoys “reading, listening to Gospel music, and watching French series” for fun! Recently Maudelaine applied and got the job to teach the students at one of Fr. Louis’ new parochial schools, St. Andrews in the small community of Joly.
As a brand new school, St. Andrews has desperately limited infrastructure, there was no teacher’s housing to host Maudelaine as of yet. Eager to open the doors for the community children to receive an education, one of the generous family’s in this community offered a spare room to host Maudelaine. The space they had to offer, while truly generous, was in very poor condition, and Fr. Louis felt not suitable as a long term housing option. In fact, Maudelaine had this to say about her first encounter with her new home:
“When I first saw the house where I was going to stay while teaching here, I started to cry, but, then, I consoled myself saying that ‘thus is life’. We must face life as it comes. When I started working with the children I desired to stay here due to my love for education. I must give the children the education that they deserve. I choose to stay even in this difficult situation.”