Dieunison’s Birthday

I really loved the thought that went into this occasion, so I’m sharing this celebration from Mission of Hope International in Grand Goave. The longer story of the bond between Paul Fallon and Dieunison is a complex and heartwarming one

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Dieunison is an orphan who is street smart and prefers not to live in an orphanage. He became very close to our friend Paul Fallon, who used to look out for him when he was in Haiti regularly. Now that he’s not here very often, Paul has become his “sponsor” and we make sure that he eats, goes to school and such. Dieunison turned 9 on Thursday. Paul wanted to recognize his birthday without doing anything overboard. He asked me what most kids do for their birthday here. I replied that most kids around here don’t even know the date they were born, never mind celebrating it. I spoke with Gama and we gave Paul our recommendation.

Wednesday afternoon, Dieunison, his brother Dieury and a few boys that they are very friendly with came to Skype with Paul and then have a “party.” It was fun to see the boys so very excited. They had food, drinks, cake and gifts. The portable radio was a huge hit. They may have stayed up a little late that night dancing – or so their neighbor told me. It really was nice to be able to make the day extra special for them.

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