DANVILLE – When Julie Sherman traveled to Haiti the first time, she knew she had to return to help the impoverished children.
“From the minute I saw those kids, I knew I’d be coming back,” said Sherman, 25, of Danville, who has been to Haiti three times and plans to go back when school starts in September. She is hoping to stay for a year this time.
Sherman is raising money to help the children.
“I am in the process of applying for a nonprofit organization,” said Sherman who is hoping to raise funds from a family yard sale, bake sales and a car wash.
“I just want to help give them a better opportunity. They weren’t born in the best circumstances,” she said.
While at Montrious, on the Haitian mainland, she hopes to work with youngsters. She also plans to teach English to older Haitians.
So far, she has sponsors for six children with about 40 more in need.
Sherman already has gotten help from two area churches.
Many of the children haven’t started school and they are malnourished.
She is hoping to use money raised to buy uniforms and books for children ages 3 and 7. At age 3, kids start kindergarten in Haiti.
Children she met don’t own a pair of shoes and others she wear ripped up T-shirts.
Sherman also wants to provide homework assistance to the children – some of whom are 10 years old and have never been to school.
Sherman has learned the native language of the country – Creole.
Her first trip was for a week in September through Lenape Solar of Sunbury which was seeking volunteers to help with solar panels for a new hospital in the La Gonave island of Haiti. While there, she visited an orphanage.
The second time she spent two weeks at the orphanage in December. “I was there over Christmas and 20 boxes of clothes, toys, coloring books and candy were sent,” she said. She spent every day at the orphanage during that trip, including some sleepovers. “I played games with them and taught them some English,” she said.