Educational Costs to Help Haiti Amputees
Organized by: For Giscard Ciney
Elisha Ciney, Giscard's daughter (right after arriving in the US)
March 29, 2017
PLEASE FUND AN AMAZING YOUNG MAN WITH AN INSPIRING GOAL AND PROJECT FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES IN HAITI (Giscard is seen to the far right in the picture)
(Update: The wonderful woman who took Giscard into her home and cared for him as family recently found out she had an aggressive form of cancer and was in the advanced staged. She passed away within a couple of weeks. Giscard and her family are devastated. Rest in Peace, Karen Decker.)
After completing an interview with a young man from Haiti, Giscard Ciney, to feature him in my small town newspaper column, The Extra Miler, I felt overwhelmed and compelled to create this funding site. Giscard is talented, intelligent, energetic, kind, spiritual, articulate, and is giving his life to help others and to do what he believes God wants him to do.
To accomplish his goals, Giscard had to leave his wife, young daughter, ailing mother, and siblings, (he is responsible for all of his family since his father passed away) to obtain a Physical Therapy degree from Ivy Technical college in Sellersburg, Indiana.
Giscard has set some mind-boggling goals for himself in not only becoming a Physical Therapist, but in what he intends to do with his knowledge and skills upon returning to Haiti. His goal is to find the support and the means to build a medical center to deal with the hundreds of thousands of people in Haiti who are amputees…many from the 2010 catastrophic earthquake that killed more than 200,000 people and caused injuries that required immediate amputations for another 4,000 people. The estimated number of people with disabilities in Haiti is 800,000 (10% of their population), and it is estimated that over 400,000 of these individuals with disabilities are children and/or young adults, many amputees.
Often, disabled children are considered a “burden” for the Haitian family and are neglected in order to provide survival for the healthiest of the family, with only 5% estimated to be enrolled in school or counseling. They are considered not worthy and are often left to beg on the street in order to survive.
Giscard wants to change the image of individuals with disabilities in his country. He wants to help the amputees to become mobile and self-sufficient and he wants all people with disabilities to be respected. He has already been extremely supportive and active in working with the Haiti Amputee Football (Soccer) Association, currently serving as the Haiti US administrator and project manager for the team.
Giscard came to our country for his education with only a small backpack of personal items. He sold nearly everything he owned in order to buy a plane ticket and had hoped to work to pay for college, living expenses, and money to send home to his family. However, while testing and working toward admittance to Ivy Technical College, he learned he is not allowed by the US Government to obtain a work visa. Still undeterred, Giscard survives on donations to obtain his degree and return home to Haiti to fulfil his dream of helping others.
There are not many people I’ve encountered in my 60 years who have met my definition of true selfless goodness, but this young man not only meets it, he surpasses it. The self-sacrificing goals Giscard has set for himself and his country are worthy of my support and I hope you will see they are worthy of your support also. This request for support would only cover one semester of his four year degree, so please, if you can, donate generously.
By doing this, you are helping hundreds, if not thousands of individuals with disabilities in Haiti - in the near future.