On this Mother’s Day, we take time to celebrate the strength and sacrifice of mothers around the world. And in Haiti, we honor mothers who spend their days caring for their children, families and communities while navigating intense hardship and finding innovative ways to survive.
Over 80 percent of working women in Haiti, mostly mothers, earn their income as micro-entrepreneurs within the informal sector, supporting small farmers and ensuring the distribution of food and goods across the country. These women are known as the Madan Sara, the matriarchs of Haitian society, and serve as one of the most critical components of the Haitian economy. They are the mothers of our students at the Father Jeri School, the suppliers of our food at the Lamanjay Community Food Program and the lifeblood of Haitian society.
“Without women in Haiti, life would be impossible. Women are the ones waking up at the break of dawn to prepare for the day. They are the ones working hard to buy and sell the items we all need to survive, traveling many miles each day, with heavy bags slung on their shoulders, just to make a better life for their children. In reality, these women are carrying the nation on their shoulders. We could not survive without them. At Na Rive we take pride and a special interest in investing in women. ”Lavarice Gaudin, Program Director, Na Rive
More than half of students who attend the Father Jeri school are young women. Their mothers work long and laborious hours to provide them with opportunities, understanding that education is the key to a better life. With support from What If Foundation’s generous donors, the Father Jeri School is able to ease the financial burden that many of these mothers face in their efforts to ensure a quality education for their children. Thanks to your ongoing support, several young women who have graduated from the Father Jeri School are now attending university to study medicine, science and engineering. One day, they may be mothers of their own and they too will carry the nation on their shoulders.
The work of Haitian mothers is a labor of love and sacrifice. Let us recognize the courageous Haitian mothers who start and finish each day with hope and deeply held faith that their efforts will result in a brighter future for their children.
This Mother’s Day, please consider a contribution, in honor of the mothers in your life and around the world, to help foster a brighter future for Haitian children and families.
With gratitude and hope,
What If Foundation