In the garden
Betiana is one of the most vivacious, fearless, and thoughtful young people you could ever have the pleasure to meet. She is the first to share her thoughts during RG life skills presentations, voicing her ideas on topics like women’s rights, the spread of HIV/AIDS, and proper nutrition. She is a top student who constantly impresses her teachers and tutors with her quick problem-solving ability, comprehension skills, and inquisitive thinking. Betiana is a confident and social 15-year-old who is not afraid to get dirty in the REBUILD garden, play basketball with the boys, or engage in other extra-curricular activities like kung-fun! Betiana goes above and beyond for her studies and commitments to the RG Apprenticeship Program—always with a smile on her face.
Like most female Haitian teenagers, Betiana faces a unique set of challenges that her male counterparts do not. Betiana lives in an insecure home made of tin in a bad neighborhood; she often hears gunshots outside her door at night. Because she is a young women she is much more likely to be attacked or robbed in this crime-ridden. Despite these risks, Betiana makes the 60-minute trek to school each day, often in the scorching sun or pounding rain, because she cares about her education and is committed to building a better life.
As Betiana’s parents are unemployed, the scholarship provided by the REBUILD Apprenticeship Program makes it possible for her to pursue her dreams through education. Betiana’s sister, Maudernise, is also a stellar RG Apprentice. Providing educational and occupational opportunities for these two sisters allows for a more holistic and family-focused approach to community development. Young women like Betiana blossom with the support and encouragement offered through initiative like the RG Apprenticeship Program, becoming strong leaders and advocates for their community. Betiana, and others like her, demonstrate how vital it is to invest in the amazing potential of young girls throughout the developing world.