Haitian Orphan-College Fund
Organized by: Diana Green
~~I met Alex on a soccer field in 2003 when he was 11, while I was on a mission trip in Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere. I was actually surrounded by many children. Unable to speak to them in their language I took out a picture from my Bible of myself and Alex motioned that he wanted it. So I gave it to him which began a chain of events I certainly did not see coming. The next night at the event at the soccer field, Alex brought a picture of himself with a phone number on it to (it was a neighbors phone) A few days later I called him to invite him to the event that we were having that week. I had an interpreter speak on my behalf. Alex’s Mom got on the phone and ask the interpreter to ask me if I would adopt Alex. When we got off the phone I ask the interpreter if it was normal for Haitian to ask Americans to adopt their children. He said no, this is different. I didn’t give it another thought until the next morning when I woke. The still small voice inside me told me to care for Alex, to pay for his school tuition and monetarily meet his needs. A few days later I wasn’t at the event I spoke of but a few minutes when I felt a hand in mine and a voice saying: “I am happy to be next to you.” I looked over and there was Alex. At that moment the adoption took place in my heart. For the next 4 days he sat with me at the event drawing me hearts and writing Jezi remi Diana (Jesus loves Diana)
Alex is 1 of 8 children. Alex’s Dad died when he was 2 and his mother had no way of supporting the children. At the time I met Alex he lived with his Mother and 7 brothers and sisters in a room not much bigger than a prison cell, as many do, without electricity or running water.
The mission trip ended. I was leaving Haiti with far more than I could have ever imagined. I had made arrangements to pay Alex’s tuition and care for him monetarily. I jokingly told Alex he picked the wrong American to adopt him. When I was 21 I was involved in a car accident leaving me paralyzed, using a wheelchair. I spent many years unable to work due to medical problems and did not have any savings or any way to pay $20,000-$30,000 to adopt him. I told him if I could put him in my suitcase and take him home I would. It is nearly impossible for Haitians to leave the country unless they have a lot of money or know someone who does. The government is quite different there.
Six months after I returned from my trip to Haiti I knew in my heart that God was leading me to sell all my belongings and go live in Haiti indefinitely. I called a Pastor that I knew there; where I also knew his home was wheelchair accessible. Haiti is certainly not a wheelchair accessible place, although I am mobile in my chair and have a strong upper body, truly there was a greater purpose there and I was about to find out what it was. The place I stayed was also an orphanage and a school. I spent nearly a year there mentoring Alex and teaching English. Since I didn’t have the means to bring Alex to America, I was going to go back to Haiti. I experienced some medical issues that made it impossible to stay in Haiti any longer. I returned in 2005 and have not been able to go back since.
But this is my Haitian long distance son and I continued to care for him after I left. I bought him a cell phone so that I could keep in touch with him.
After the devastating earthquake in 2010 that left many people without a place to live, Alex’s family lost what little they had and were split up. The room they lived in was damaged and not livable. Alex began sleeping on the same soccer field I met him in 2003. Many people had no choice but to sleep in fields and make tents and sleep outside. I was able to get him out of Haiti and to the Dominican Republic long enough until things were a bit more stable in Haiti and he could return to school. When he did return to Haiti I began paying for Alex to rent a room in which he now lives by himself.
I have been caring for Alex since I first met him in 2003 & next year he will finish with high school. This is the reason I have decided to ask for help to bring him to the states to attend college and have hope for a better future. Once he finishes high school, there isn’t much hope for him in Haiti.
The money will be used for Alex’s college education, tuition fees and personal needs, including but not limited to health insurance, personal expenses, food, housing, clothing, books, a computer, and student visa and application fees.
One must submit bank statements and other information as proof that they have sufficient funds to cover all the costs. A few years ago one must show they had $60,000, even to be considered.
In addition an urgent matter at hand is Haiti’s rainy/flood season this month has left Alex’s room where he lives flooded. His belongings have been ruined. The urgent need at hand is replacing his bed, his clothes and a few other necessary items.
It took everything in me to do this. I have believed for the past years that something miraculous would take place and I could see this dream for Alex come to pass…well perhaps together with your help, WE ARE THE MIRACLE. With your help we can change one life at a time. When I knew I was to begin caring for Alex, all I could do was to look around at the millions in every country that are in need and think to myself that I want to help them ALL. But I was to start with one, Alex.
To build orphanages and have a college fund for many is part of my dream. I thank you in advance for even considering helping Alex and me. I am grateful!! Diana Green
In an effort to understand some of the conditions Alex lives in below are a few facts about the country of Haiti. It took my going to there to even begin to understand how in America we have so much and many resources compared to the conditions they live in.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
78% of Haitians are poor (making less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (making less than US$1 a day).
In rural areas, poverty and extreme poverty rates are estimated to be 84% and 69% respectively.
Half of children under 5 are malnourished.
50% of primary school age children are not enrolled in school.
40% of the people in Haiti lack access to clean water and only one in five have access to a sanitary toilet.
The country is vulnerable to hurricanes, flooding and other climate-related disasters.
Thank you for taking the time to read the story of Alex and how he came to be my son.