Avanse Ansanm's President and Founder Santra Denis at the social enterprise's Let’s Jingle Holiday Mixer on Dec. 27, 2021 in Florida. Photo credit: Avanse Ansanm

NORTH MIAMI  — At age 10, Santra Denis lost her father. Four years later, her mother Mona Denis also died, leaving Denis keenly aware that life can be short.

"I've seen people here today and gone tomorrow," said Denis, now 37, toggling between English and Creole. "So I live every day knowing that it's a gift. It's not promised.”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.