Helping Haitian Angels - Daniel
Meet Daniel! He is a 6 year old boy who lives in the Kay Anj orphanage in Haiti. Daniel was in a group of 13 street boys before being taken to the orphanage. In Haiti, street boys stick together in big groups almost like gangs, and team up to find food and shelter. If a Haitian man finds them with food or money that they stole or found, they can be brutally beaten and sexually abused. Thankfully, he moved into the orphanage about 6 months ago after spending about 5 years of his life trying to survive as a street boy.
Delta Sigma Pi's Brother Grace McCuen has traveled to Haiti for 3 years now to visit and volunteer at the Kay Anj orphanage. With a push of faith, Grace showed us what huge difference we could make in the lives of these orphans. So much so that we as a chapter decided to sponsor one orphan at random to provide for them what every young child deserves. We received Daniel as our sweet little Angel and reminder to not take life for granted.
"I know some people might not feel like they're doing much by just sending a payment every semester because they don't necessarily see the impact they're having right away, but it honestly is what's going to help turn his life around", Grace states, "He keeps the picture of us and the t-shirt from us under his bed so it can't get messed with by the other kids...at 6 years old it's probably the first time in his life he's been given a gift like this". Grace recalls his love of being video taped and the center of all pictures being taken, along with playing with her hair. Like any six year old, he also loves to run outside and play sports.
We are coming up to our first full year sponsoring Daniel. As Grace recalls, "the fact that people he doesn't even know are sending him gifts to show him that he matters and are contributing to his future is life changing for him". We are so excited to watch Daniel grow and to grow along with him throughout the years!
If you are interested in Helping Haitian Angels, Kay Anj orphanage or information on how you can help someone like Daniel, please visit this link: http://www.helpinghaitianangels.org/. For more information about Grace's experiences and how we support Daniel, please contact Grace McCuen (firstname.lastname@example.org).