Student Spotlight: Loctama Adolphe

The year 2010 was a meaningful year for senior Loctama Adolphe.

The earthquake struck in January, and one month later, on Valentine’s Day, he became a Christian. He was baptized in April, and then had the opportunity to begin 7th grade at Grace Emmanuel School in the fall. Before this time, he had been attending another school in Source Matelas which only went through 6th grade. He was grateful for the opportunity to continue his education.

“Education is important because without it, you can’t do anything that’s good in this country,” Loctama said. “It is with education you can live well.”

Loctama is the second youngest of 10 children, and this June he will become the first in his family to graduate from high school—marking 2018 as another pivotal year in his life.

“It’s a huge gift God has given me,” he said.

Loctama is thankful for his sponsor, Adrianna, for helping provide this opportunity for him. She has been supporting him since he started at Grace Emmanuel School, and has even been able to visit him a few times.

Loctama with Adrianna in 2015

“She is a very special person to me,” Loctama said. “Out of everybody who lives, it is me who she chose to help with education. I pray that she can always help people, and lives a long time. I’m very happy she always thinks of me.”

Loctama’s friends describe him as someone who likes to make people laugh, have fun, and give advice. At well over 6 feet tall, Loctama stands out among the students, both physically and for his larger-than-life personality.

Loctama on the senior class field trip in January.

Loctama says he likes Grace Emmanuel School because of the way the school treats the students—including providing a bus for them.

“If you have a need that isn’t met at home,” said Loctama, “you will find what you need at the school.”

After he graduates, Loctama wants to study civil engineering to help build quality houses in Haiti.

We thank God for the opportunity to provide an education for Loctama. He will graduate with 17 classmates on June 27, 2018.

Kristi Bucher has served as Communications Manager for Jesus in Haiti Ministries since 2014. She currently lives in Minnesota with her husband, Nathan, and two kids. Kristi and Nathan lived in Haiti from 2012–2014.