WALES — When Kayla Hodgkins, an honor student at Oak Hill High School, began to plan her senior project, she knew she wanted to help children. After some research, she began to look for a way to help ease the suffering of kids in Haiti.

Principal Pat Doyle directed her to Dr. Cynthia DeSoi, medical director of Pwoje Espwa Sud (Project Hope).

“I wanted to find an organization that could guarantee that my donation would be used directly for the benefit of the children,” said Hodgkin. “After contacting Dr. DeSoi and learinng about Free the Kids, I began to plan an entire pancake breakfast, as well as other activities. Three months later, I am now proudly able to hand Dr. DeSoi a donation for $788. I wanted to make a difference, and I think it’s fair to say that I have.”

She presented her check to DeSoi, who accepted it on behalf of Free the Kids, the U.S.-based nonprofit that supports the work of Pwoje Espwa, a home for orphaned and vulnerable children in Southern Haiti.

“Our work is geared toward education and vocational development for these kids.” said DeSoi. “Our goal is to equip them to be the future leaders of Haiti. Thanks to the help of caring individuals like Kayla, these children have hope for a better life.”