Updated: Jul 4, 2021
All Mothers Count!
(Tout Manman Konte!)
Interviewed by: Kathia Pierre
Photographed by: Bijoux Abellard (Bee’s Focal)
Sandra Jean-Louis was born and raised in Haiti. She relocated to the United States about 25 years ago, earning her degree as a Cardiovascular Tech. As a divorcee and single parent to a daughter herself, she understands the hardships of being a single parent and the importance of a support system. Her personal experience as a single parent is the inspiration behind Tout Manman Konte.
Two years ago, Sandra founded Tout Manman Konte to help and encourage not only single mothers but parents in general. The platform addresses questions and the stigma attached to being a single parent.
It is time we stop frowning upon divorced women, single moms, and moms altogether. Instead, let’s support and refrain from the judgment we cast upon them. Sandra wants to be that voice for these moms. She hosts conversations on social media with other single parents to discuss different topics and provide each other emotional and moral support. She also streams these discussions on her YouTube channel for a wider audience.
Most people tend to believe that a single mother’s biggest obstacle is only financial and fails to consider the other aspects of single parenting. Sandra is aware of and is sympathetic to the needs and struggles of single mothers because she, too, has been there. "Being a single mother is difficult but not impossible," “We see our kids striving, but we don’t take time to be more alert when it comes to their emotional needs, “she says. Along the journey, she faces numerous challenges. Often she asks herself:
“Eske se yon misyon oubyen yon pinisyon? Is it a mission or a punishment?
Jean-Louis is a Good Samaritan at heart. She makes several self-funded visits to hospitals in Haiti, where she distributes relief packages that include sanitary kits, groceries, and other necessities to underprivileged pregnant women and new mothers. Although she gets discouraged at times, Sandra thinks there are always signs and messages which encourage her to keep moving forward. She believes that
"A mother's pain is for all mothers. All mothers are sensitive to their children. All women should support each other."
Providing emotional and moral support to mothers in need of a listening ear and lending a hand when she can is why Sandra Jean-Louis is a Fanm Potomitan.
Fanm Potomitan, thank you, Sandra Jean-Louis, for being who you are and for all that you do.