A Girl Named Noely

 Brian Campbell joins Secret Keeper Girl speaker Suzy Weibel on a journey to Haiti this week. While there, the group will visit children at Holt Fontana Village as well as families in Holt’s family preservation program.

by Brian Campbell

Today we visit the community of a young girl named Noely.  Noely just entered Holt’s sponsorship program, and Suzy Weibel, Secret Keeper Girl presenter, has just begun providing sponsorship support for her. Today, Suzy will meet Noely, and learn how her sponsorship support will help change the life of Noely and her whole family.

Arcahaie, Haiti— The van rocks from side to side as we negotiate roads that are rough from years of neglect.  This is a community of idle young men, skyrocketing unemployment and overwhelming poverty. Women stand in doorways of their nearly empty homes, seeking a breeze, hoping to find relief from conditions that oppress even the most optimistic. The community is filled with talented and skillful people, but no one who can afford their services.  “These realities surround Noely and her family every day, ” Suzy observes. Soon we come to a part of the alley too narrow to drive , and we walk the remaining distance.  A few minutes later, we come to Noely’s family’s compound. Stepping inside the gate, Suzy sees her sponsored child, Noely, for the first time. Noely’s hair is in beautiful, intricate corn rows with brightly colored beads at the end of each delicate braid; They make a soft shuffling sound as she jogs up to Suzy. Taking Suzy’s hand, Noely introduces her mother, Goulette*, her little sister, Rose* and her grandmother to the group.

Noely, Suzy and Goulette

“Would it be okay if I asked them a few questions?” asks Suzy.  Supreme shares Suzy’s wishes with Goulette.  Smiling, Goulette brings chairs to the front porch. Feeling a bit shy, Noely sits next to her mother, watching Suzy from behind her mother’s arm. Sensing Noely’s shyness, Suzy directs her first question to Goulette. “How long have you lived here?” asks Suzy. Goulette describes how she and her husband moved in with her mother to keep the girls near a school the family could afford.  Noely’s father had to travel six hours by unreliable transportation to Port-au-Prince, so he could send money home.

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