Beaten by her stepmother before being abandoned by her father, Christin would have had a thousand and one reasons to give up, but her perseverance, her resilience and her strength of character wanted it otherwise.
At the age of 11, Christin left the Dominican Republic to come and live with her father in Quebec. Filled with optimism, she leaves poverty behind and rejoices in being able to study.
But his dream takes an unexpected turn. As soon as he arrived, the relationship with his mother-in-law was strained. Physical, verbal and psychological violence, the young girl is overwhelmed by insults and beatings.
Hope is reborn again when her father chooses to separate. But the lull is short-lived as the couple reconnects.
Christin, then 14 years old, has not finished with the setbacks. Her father begins to abandon her; he gradually leaves the apartment. He only comes in to fill the fridge.
“I remember New Years Day that year. I waited all night for my dad to wish him a happy new year. I lay down in front of her bedroom door, hoping for her return. In the morning, he walked over me without a word. I had become invisible, ”she said.
What she doesn’t know is that the worst is yet to come. Coming back from a trip to the Dominican Republic, where she went to visit her mother, no trace of her father. He completely abandoned her.
Alone at the airport, she has been waiting for him for hours until the police get involved. Her father moved away during her absence.
“When the police came to his house, he said he didn’t want me. When I was 11, I attempted suicide because I thought he would be better off without me, ”said Christin.
She must then make a choice: return to live with her mother or be supported by the DPJ and be entrusted to a host family. She decides to stay.
Without her knowing it, it will be one of the best decisions of her life. His new family welcomes him with open arms and gives him back his wings. She can dream once again.
“For the first time since I was here, I had had a Christmas. […] It wasn’t even like I was a kid just passing over there to stay hosted, they treated me like I was their child, ”she said of her family. ‘Home.
Now 20, Christin is on the cusp of obtaining her degree in nuclear medicine technology.
Despite the abuse she suffered during her childhood, she in turn will be able to take care of others.
If all of this was made possible, it is thanks to the Fondation du Center Jeunesse de Montréal. The financial support received, particularly in the form of scholarships for academic perseverance, allowed her to focus on her studies, said Marie-Hélène Vendette, director of communications for the Foundation, in a press release.
The generosity of the community made it possible to cover the costs of its studies and extracurricular activities, among others.
The Foundation estimates that it is able to help 80 young people like Christin at present. She says it would be possible to double the number of young people she helps if she can raise from $ 2.5 million to $ 3 million.
If you want to support young people like Christin, you can contribute to the emergency campaign of the Fondation du Center jeunesse de Montréal.