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The Jasper House Haiti blog is designed to share stories, updates and testimonies that raise awareness, create dialogue and bring enlightenment to those seeking to become more involved in the advocacy and abolition of injustice. 



Maria Atkinson


When you think of what allowed you to arrive in the position you currently are what comes to mind? 

Getting your education? 

Receiving a specific opportunity? 

Or, also thinking of the people who made a difference in your life. Those who believed in you, deposited in you and made an investment. 

For many of us, our mentors, teachers, parents, grandparents, and others, are the ones who were the most influential in helping us reach out full potential. 

Having people who believe in you, who see the greatness in you even when you can't see it in yourself is primarily what helps you achieve success. 

For many women in Haiti, having someone who believes in them, sees their potential, and champions them to be all they can be is largely nonexistent. 

How can you begin to believe in and realize your own capabilities and capacity when no one is encouraging you or speaking life into your circumstances? 

At Jasper House Haiti, we see the direct impact and result that comes from investing in the lives of women. 



Castelie was just 17 years old when she first learned of the Jasper House Haiti Women's Academy of Learning two years ago and knew this was an opportunity she wouldn't pass up. 

Castelie chose the culinary arts vocational track and excelled immediately. She dreams to have her own restaurant or cafe where she can serve people like she has learned to do at Jasper House.

But even before having the opportunity to open a restaurant, Castelie began making food at her house and selling in her neighborhood to provide for herself and her mother. 

Rain or shine, Castelie will be in class determined to succeed and become far more than a status quo.

“I thank God that He allowed me to find Jasper House - before I was just at home, I was not going to school. Thanks to Jasper House, I have learned so many things professionally and educationally- because of Jasper House I have discovered I am empowered.”



When Roseadline first came to Jasper House, she barely spoke and never smiled. 

Today, she is strong and confident in herself and abilities. She believes she is capable and expresses the change she sees in herself because of the love and care she has received. She is one of the primary artisans and production manger for our social business, R&E, and prides herself in her work. 

"I dream that God would bless Jasper House so we can grow and be able to help even more women. I dream for our business to grow so we can be able to give more job to women in need. My hope is that I can continue to perfect the skills I have learned at JHH so I can provide for myself and not worry for tomorrow."

These are just two examples of what happens in the lives of a woman who has been invested in. 

When you support Jasper House Haiti, you aren't merely paying bills or seeing your dollars go into a black hole without seeing any results. 

You are directly affecting the lives of real women like Castelie and Roseadline, women who are waiting for a door of opportunity to be opened so they can reach their full potential. 

When you support Jasper House Haiti you are investing in the lives and futures of women and their children. 

You are breaking the cycles of poverty and abuse and writing a new story for a better tomorrow. 


Written by: Maria Atkinson, Founder/CEO Jasper House Haiti

To read more of her thoughts, emotions and musings check out her blog, Going Forth.