Jakinda Smiles, a beautiful story of God's love


“Do you know the name of an orphan?” We have seen that once you know the name, you can’t help but take action.  Each one of our children has a name, and their own special story! It is our privilege to introduce you to the children for whom we have the honor of caring. 

In October of 2015, a little girl was found by police wandering the streets of St. Marc, with very little clothing, searching for food. The police brought her to social services, who then brought her to Coreluv International to provide a loving home for her at the Coreluv Children’s Village in Myan, Haiti

Because this particular girl was rescued from a life on the streets, no records of family or birth certificates were available for her. Unfortunately, this meant social services did not know her name or her age. She didn’t know her own name, but the nannies in Myan gave her the name “Jakinda.” 

Living on the streets, Jakinda had been forced to provide for herself by eating scraps of trash and would only drink water from a smashed up water bottle. The sad reality was that this was the normality of the life that Jakinda knew. 

When Jakinda first joined our Coreluv family, she was fearful of our staff and children. Getting her to respond was very difficult, but our staff has consistently worked to build a relationship with her. She did not want anyone to touch her and she had very little interaction with others. 

That WAS Jakinda’s sad reality. But God saw Jakinda and rescued her from a hopeless situation. He entrusted her to Coreluv so that she would encounter the Father’s love, be raised in the way of the Lord, and receive a future bright with promise. 

Today, her reality is full of hope!  She is growing healthy and settling into her new home. Jakinda can be found running and laughing with her sisters, learning to speak, and dancing with the nannies. She has formed beautiful relationships with the children in Myan and the nannies that compassionately care for her.

Jakinda carries a real gift for music and has great rhythm. It is a blessing to see her receiving a childhood that had been lost on the streets of St. Marc. With every smile she shares, it is an expression and reminder of the power of God’s love. God sets the lonely in families and we are so glad God placed Jakinda in the Coreluv family!!

Jakinda’s story reveals the unfortunate reality of the orphan crisis. However, Coreluv said “YES” and was able to give her a new reality. Thank you for saying yes and defending the orphan with us! 

Because of your faithful partnership, you are helping to provide the six basic needs for children like Jakinda and helping to bring transformation to her life and the lives of many other children. Click here, if you say YES to joining us to Defend the Orphan.

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