April 2017 update:


Manita is 11 years old and now has more than 6 months in her new Haitian foster home, following living in our care for over 6 years.  Manita has a birthmom that loves her.  However, that mother is not equipped (for a variety of reasons) to parent Manita.  Still Manita and her mom love each other, so when we chose a Haitian foster family for Manita, we chose a family in the same community as her birthmom, so that she can stay close.

Things are going very well for Manita in her new home and at her new school.  Manita is speaking more English now that she is going to such a good school, and she is thriving.  She's growing up quickly, and we are happy to see the great care she is receiving in her foster home.  Your sponsorship pays for the foster care stipend we pay to her foster family, as well as food and schooling.


Older updates on Manita:

Manita, birthday, July 20, age 9
Manita is one of the “little” girls in the home. She and Dada are thick as thieves, as they say, and there might be some actual thieving going on. They bounce around the house day and night looking for food to eat and things to do. Manita, being one of the younger girls tends to connect more with her caregivers than the older girls. She was always in the “Mangine” house hanging with Nia, Nico, Josiah, and Schneider. And she tends to be the first one knocking on Sarah’s door in the morning, and the last one to leave to go to bed at night (despite going to bed earlier than the rest of the girls). It’s endearing. And sometimes sort of annoying. ;)
At the same time, Manita is one of the only kids that still has a relationship with her biological mother. She loves her mother, she loves her brothers and sisters. She takes every opportunity she gets to spend time with them. Sometimes even spending the night. While we don’t feel that home is a safe environment for Manita at this point, we’re hopeful that as Manita grows, and becomes more independent, she can return to the home of her birth and give support to her family even as she receives love.
Manita is super smart. But her work ethic, as with many children, is lacking. There have been times when she’s excelled in school and other times when she has struggled. We’re considering a change of school for her in the fall. We think it could be a great opportunity and she is excited, but she needs to put in the work to make it a reality, as the cost of this new school is four times the cost of her current school.
Many children who experience trauma lose the ability to connect with family on a deep level. Manita has not. She longs for family. We’re happy to offer this to her— a family that is with her for the long-term. And we’re also hoping, with her, for the day she can return to her family or origin.


Manita in December 2010
At the beach in 2011 with a 7up as big as she is!
Manita (left) and her best-friend Dada


If you would like to help sponsor Manita, please visit our donation page and sign up for a monthly donation of at least $32.00. (Please designate Foster Care, Manita.)  Once you're enrolled, we will mail you a recent picture of Manita, and give you access instructions to a private Facebook page for her donors only.  On this page, you will see some pics of day-to-day life, hear little stories about Manita as they happen, and even be able to ask questions.  
Sponsorship donations are tax deductible in both the US and in Canada!
If you have more questions, please feel free to email the Mangines at


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