I was born in La Gonave, Haiti and when I was only three years of age, my parents relocated to the United States to start a better life for our family. As you can imagine, the process was not easy for them so my siblings and I remained in Haiti until my parents were finally established, nine years later. I am endlessly grateful that I was able to acquire an education here in the United States and I even went on to earn a college degree (self-funded) here, as well. I am definitely the Haitian exception rather than the rule and I am vastly aware that my life could have and should have (based on circumstances) turned out differently. Especially because my own mother, as the eldest child in her family, was responsible for the upbringing of her many siblings and with incredible poverty surrounding her for most of her life, was never able to obtain ANY formal education. I saw how this disadvantage affected all of us and I vowed to eventually make a difference in any way I possibly could. It is because of her struggle with life and poverty that I am exceedingly passionate about Haitian education.
In 2005, with gratitude towards the United States in his heart and memories of his Haitian struggles in his head, my father, Dinaus Joseph, acquired L’ecole Dinaus Mixed school in Haiti to try and make a positive difference. My father is much older now and has recently entrusted the operations to my brother and myself. It is our personal goal to provide a better education and environment for not only the children at this school, but for children throughout Haiti. Currently, this school is being funded solely by my personal earnings as well as my brother’s. We are realistic in recognizing that we can’t keep this up forever and we are in need of help to provide school supplies, food, and other materials.
We understand that not everyone has a personal connection to Haiti but we hope that, with the increase of global awareness and recognition that any child’s today affects our world’s tomorrow, people will understand the importance of giving a child a chance and will donate what they can. Help break the cycle of poverty by donating, today!