A New Friend for Sofindja

By: Kervens Fils-Aime, Community Engagement Assistant

Sofindja is a very smart and cheerful little girl who lives in a small community in Haiti. She is the eldest of two children and has participated in sponsorship programs for three years. For the first two years, she regularly exchanged correspondence with her sponsor.  However, the sponsor was no longer able to continue the sponsorship, causing the friendship to come to an end.  Although Sofindja was disappointed, she looked forward to starting up again with someone new.

While she waited to be connected to a new sponsor, she enjoyed reading the letters her friends received from their sponsors, an activity that allowed her some connection to her old routine that she missed so much.

One day, at the end of 2018, a field agent came bearing good news. Sofindja was finally getting a new sponsor!  Even her good grades from the quarter did not make her happier than this news! The long awaited exchange was finally going to start again, and Sofindja was getting a new friend.

 I was so happy to finally be able to talk to my new friend, she exclaimed. “I sent him some information about meI told him that I have a little brother, and I made him a nice drawing of a flower. I hope we will get along well, because he is a boy and I love soccer like many boys. 

Sofindja chatting with a Save the Children field agent

Every day, sponsors make a tremendous difference in children’s lives, and exchanging letters is just one part of the program.  For example, Sofindja and her schoolmates also enjoy important life-changing benefits – from the construction and restorations of schools and play areas, to the implementation of important health and hygiene programs. Thanks to our partnership with Save the Children, this school has been totally renovated and we now have a playground that all the children can use during recess,” explains Sofindja’s school principal. The children love playing outdoors and this allows them to take a break, every day! They now also have access to a handwashing station that they can use to help them stay healthy.”

Sofindja using the new hand washing station at her school

Sponsorship offers a window to life in a different country, and can be a rewarding experience for both parties. Thank you for committing to making Sofindja — and many children around the world — smile daily!

Mardi-Gras in #Haiti


Faïmi P. Moscova

Sponsorship Manager

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

March 30, 2015


Kanaval is the largest of official public celebrations started in Haiti in 1804 in the Capital City, Port-au-Prince. Soon after, it started to spread to the other parts of the country but the official three-day celebration would continue to take place in Port-au-Prince only. These celebrations usually happen before lent time which is 46 days that precede Easter. The season of Kanaval always starts in January (pre-Kanaval) to end on Mardi Gras the day before Ash Wednesday that marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Nonetheless, the main three days of festivities always begin on a Sunday to end on Mardi Gras.


Kanaval is the largest of official public celebrations started in Haiti in 1804.

Annual Kanaval is funded by the government and businesses. In the past Kanaval celebrations were criticized for disregarding indecent dancing, music lyrics mocking the government. Therefore, Kanaval is becoming a more government run celebration. It has control of all of the events. However, the celebrations are an opportunity for people to indulge themselves, rejoice and enjoy the pleasures of life.


Kanaval is celebrated with parades, marching bands and music.

Kanaval is celebrated with parades, float bands, marching bands and music and most of the times with children participation. People wear masks, and costumes with lots of color. To give you a glimpse of this important part of Haitian culture, the attached pictures capture the essence of the Kanaval spirit currently happening with floats, marching bands and stands as well as a live video from the streets of Haiti. These cultural celebrations are important to people in sponsored countries. As mentioned, children enjoy these celebrations that help them express who they are. With well-kept communities, these traditions can be everlasting.

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