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Help the YMCA of Greater New York provide scholarships to 10 children ages 10 - 15 from Haiti to attend New York YMCA Camp this summer.

Bernardine Jeune lost her dad in the earthquake, and with him went her school fees. Now, says the quiet 13-year-old, when she sees her friends going to school, all she can do is cry. Dressed in her Sunday best, braids done up with red barrettes and shiny, gumball-style ponytail holders, she explains that her house was totally destroyed and that she and her family now sleep in tents donated by the French. Her father, a mason, was working on a roof when the house beneath him caved in. He used to visit her every Saturday, she says, to give her money and play with her. “I miss him so much,” she whispers, looking off in the distance. “I miss all about him.” At camp, she wants to learn to do karate and to speak English. She’ll play a whole lot of soccer, she says (she intends to go professional one day), and may try working on a computer.

The YMCA of Greater New York believes that we can change the world one child at a time. And it is in this spirit that we have developed the Cabins of Hope program, which seeks to provide scholarships to ten children ages 10 – 15 from the Haiti YMCA to attend New York YMCA Camp, a 1,100 acre safe haven in Huguenot, New York, from July 25 – August 21, 2010.

Read more stories from our campers at: http://www.ymcanyc.org/ymca-of-greater-new-york/support-your-ymca/cabins-of-hope/

1. The goal of the Cabins of Hope project is to provide children from the Haiti YMCA with the summer of a lifetime and to teach them valuable skills.

2. To make this dream a reality, we are relying upon generous individuals to sponsor a camper from Haiti.

3. One gift of $3500 will cover all costs of camp for one campers