Meet Fédjina, “A Star to Shine for Haiti”

Fédjina Eugène began attending Grace Emmanuel School in 2012, when she was in 5th grade. She will graduate from GES on July 24, just over a week after her 20th birthday.

“The path wasn’t easy, especially these last two years in Haiti,” she said, “but I’m proud because despite all of those situations, I’ve done it.”

Fédjina (front and center) with her 5th grade class in the spring of 2013.
Fédjina (front row, second from right) with her classmates in January.

Though Fédjina has lived with her aunt for most of her life, her parents have still been her mentors and a big source of motivation. Giving up has never been an option.

Her faith has also kept her on the path of success. “My belief in God makes me wise, teaches me to love others and to not let other kids influence me.” Her favorite verse is Psalm 91:1, “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.”

Fédjina, who is described by her teachers as kind, is well-liked by her classmates. Relational to her core, she says the two biggest trials she can recall in her time at school have had to do with friendships.

“When I had just started at school, I had some difficulties with friends, but after that everything was good.” The other trial was being separated from friends due to the COVID-19 confinement last year.

Fédjina (second from left) with her friends Gefftinie, Suselyne and Joffanie in 2016. All four girls will graduate this summer.

Fédjina says that all of the memories with friends are one of the biggest things she’ll take with her when she graduates, but overall, “the best memory I have is the education that Grace Emmanuel School gave me.”

She hopes to build on that education to become a doctor, a dream she has had since she was a little girl. “I’m counting on going into medicine,” she said, “and I will be a star to shine for Haiti.”

Fédjina in 2013.
Fédjina in 2019

She credits the opportunity for her education to her sponsor Miranda, who has been partnering with her since her first few months at Grace Emmanuel School in 2012.

When asked if she had anything she’d like to share with her sponsor, she responded quickly with words she said she’s “kept close” for the chance to send to Miranda:

“I don’t have words to express my gratitude for all that you have done for me. Since I was in 5th grade, you have helped me with my school. And my parents have lots of gratitude too. Thank you a lot. Thanks for your love and your patience.

Even if it’s difficult because of coronavirus, I would be so happy to see you at my graduation. I would like to see the way you’d be proud of me.

Thanks very, very much Miranda. May God pour out blessings on you in abundance! I love you!”

As her time at GES draws to a close, Fedjina asks for prayers that she stay close to God, be successful on her exams, and for many other things, too.

“Also, pray for JiHM to always help kids who are in need,” she added. She hopes that GES will continue to evolve and improve. “Many kids would like a library, a computer lab and a chemistry lab,” she said.

Wendy Pierre began working for JiHM in 2019 as the sponsorship assistant. She currently serves as a liaison for the students of Grace Emmanuel School and assists with communications. Wendy lives in Minotrie with her mom, brother, and sister.

Kristi Bucher has served as Communications Manager for Jesus in Haiti Ministries since 2014. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, Nathan, and two kids. Kristi and Nathan lived in Haiti from 2012–2014.