Camitha Jean Paul is one of the sweetest girls I’ve ever met. Her soul is tender and tenacious! She loves people and loves life!
I met her in 2011, when she was a brand-new six year old. It was apparent that Camitha’s little body was not like her peers. Her right hand and foot were turned in and both had very limited mobility. Yet, she didn’t let these disabilities hold her back. She and the other kids at the Maranatha House ran, and screamed, and sang at the top of their lungs with homemade soda bottle maracas we had made with rocks. I remember that first night, during evening prayers, holding her tiny body as she fell asleep - undoubtedly from all the running the kids did that afternoon. I knew that night that there was something very, very special about her. As we’ve gotten to know her over the past 6 years, we’ve learned she has cerebral palsy. Knowing that disabilities are often seen as curses in Haiti, we wanted to do what we could to prevent the stigma of a disability from holding her back any more than her lack of mobility would. We saw in her a fighter, and we wanted to empower that. Thankfully, we found a great occupational therapist in Port au Prince who has been working with her regularly, and has helped her find solutions that work for her to WIN at life.
Her therapist, along with members of our team in Haiti have played key roles in helping Camitha realize her potential and to not let her disability hold her back. And she's owning this! Talk about EMPOWERMENT!
When I first met Camitha, I remember worrying about how she would face the already-hard world ahead of her, not to mention having a stigma associated with her that would make it even more challenging to survive, let alone thrive.
But Camitha is a fighter! And she is sending that stigma packing!
Today, I know that she will not only survive but WIN and THRIVE at life. Camitha doesn’t let anything stop her! She knows what she wants, and she goes after!
that.” And she responded, “Don’t you worry, I will be able to figure it out!”
There is no doubt in my mind that she WILL figure out how to drive some day, and inspire so many people in the process. If Camitha can chase her dreams, so can you.
Camitha is in need of 3 more sponsors. Would you become one of her sponsors and cheer her on to reach her potential?
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