This is Nelson’s story in his own words.
Hello, my name is Wilchonn, also known as Nelson. I graduated 4 years ago from secondary school. I thank God that he gave me the capacity that I do not deserve to learn many hands-on skills during the time I was not able to be in school. Fixing things like fans, blenders, washer machines, motorcycles, and many other things with motors. As well as building and assembling projects.
When I was in school my parents struggled to pay for my school well and many times, to my shame, they would send me home from class time to time because of overdue payments.
By God’s grace when I was in my early 20’s I met an American named Kellie. Because she recognized my talent for mechanics and fixing things she gave me work and paid for the remainder of my education. I was grateful, but when I saw that my tuition was paid upfront in full and many of my classmates were still sent home because their families were behind on payments, this bothered me.
It was then that the idea formed in my heart. I told God that all I wanted was to help others the way I had been helped. That I wanted Him to give me the means. That if He would give me the means I would help as many students coming after me finish their education as I possibly could.
When I began to receive a paycheck working for Kellie’s ministry. I started to help pay for other children’s schooling on my own. Especially my younger sister’s, whom I am still paying currently. Though my parents told me “Nelson, you can’t concern yourself with helping everyone else. You have your own life and your future to prepare for first.” I told them “Mother and father, I have come to realize something. Each time I have something of my own and I give it away or share it amongst others I end up receiving much more. I just feel like this is who I am and I can’t be happy to only care for my own future. I can’t not be this way.”
It was while I was working that I met a young woman and came to know her name was Rachel. We were friends first for many months, afterwards we started a relationship and came to love each other. We eventually got married.
We would discuss ministry often and she asked me once what I would most like to do for others. I shared some ideas I had, sponsoring children’s education was amongst them, and she said we would pray for God to bring people alongside us who want to support these dreams. Neither of us had any finances to speak of.
About a year later we found some of that help. We started paying school tuition for many children. I was very proud because we know so many children who are in need, who can’t go to school, who don’t have a mother or don’t have a father. Or who are under the care of an aunt or other family member who makes them work as a household servant and doesn’t send them to school. These situations really touched my heart and caused me true heartache, each time I saw them.
There are also children who are alone, in the streets, and can’t go to school. It is those children who have become a danger to my country of Haiti. They are the ones you hear about in the news today who are kidnapping people, Haitians, and foreigners alike. Who are killing, even their own brothers and sisters. It is those kids who you see are in the streets, who aren’t able to have an education, who aren’t cared for, who have nothing good to work for.
That is hard to see. Especially if one of those kids is part of your family, your sister, your brother, your child. I imagine it like that sometimes.
I asked myself, in my area, what can I do, especially in the little farming village where I grew up, what can I do? Even if I can’t help 100% of all the kids there who need that help. What if I could eventually help 20%? It could just be 20%, I just want to help.
Today that vision is starting to be realized. We have begun helping several kids in my area. We have found many friends who share our vision for their own communities as well.
I feel emotional when I think of what this means to them, to their families. And what it means to me. As a poor kid who had a desire to help his community but no means to make it possible. Now to be married to a wonderful wife who supports the work I want to do, and for us to have people from the US supporting us financially. It is a beautiful start and I am so grateful and excited to see how much further we go in the future.