Student Spotlight: Berline

Berline Charlotin, who started attending Grace Emmanuel School in kindergarten in 2007, can’t wait to graduate this summer.

Berline has been a student at GES for almost its entire history, beginning at the former property JiHM rented until 2010, then moving into the army tents at the current location, and finally moving up to the concrete classrooms as a 7th grader.

We are so proud of her perseverance and accomplishments over the years! We talked with Berline about her time at GES and her hopes for the future.

What’s the best memory you have from all your years attending GES?

The best memory that GES has given me is the people that I now consider like my sisters and brothers.

Berline (back row, third from the left) and her classmates at Grace Emmanuel School in 2009. Kingkino (back row, first on the left) will also graduate this summer.
Berline and her classmates last year. Berline is in the second row from the front.

What has been most difficult time for you during all of your years at GES?

I considered myself a failure because I had to retake 7th grade. That made me very sad. Now I’m very proud of every road I’ve taken to make it this far. When I look at so many young girls that don’t have this opportunity, I have reason to be proud.

Berline in 7th grade in 2014

Who in your life is most proud of you, and why?

My dad is the most proud of me in all the world, because he’s watched me make it to the final grade level, and that’s what he had dreamed.

Have there been any moments you wanted to quit school? 

No, there’s never been a time I wanted to quit. I give school too much importance for that.

What advice would you give a younger student who wants to give up?

I would tell them that not going to school is a huge mistake. If you have the chance to go to school, consider that huge because school is the path of success.

Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?

I should be in my fourth or fifth year of university. I would like to become a doctor, and I know that area of study takes lots of time.

What hopes do you have for GES in 5 years?

Maybe when I return to look at the school, I would like to see lots of change, especially a chemistry lab, a computer lab and a library. And for Grace Emmanuel School to be considered one of the best schools in the country.

Is there a verse in the Bible or a story you like that keeps you motivated?

John 3:16 is the verse I like best. I was very little when I learned that verse and the first day I learned it I remember I was so happy for the way they were explaining Jesus died for me.

Berline coloring Bible stories in 2nd grade.

Is there a person who has influenced who you have become and that keeps you motivated in school?

My dad! I can say my dad is not just my dad, but he is my best friend. He is the one who always keeps me motivated in my life.

Is there anything you’d like to tell your sponsor?

I would like to tell my sponsors many, many thanks, for all you have done to make it possible for me to make it from 3rd kindergarten until today. I know they work hard, and I’m thankful for all they’ve done. Thank you!

How can we pray for you?

Help me pray for this school year to finish well, because you know Haiti always has problems. Help me pray to pass on my final exams.

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.