The Incredible Journey

My name is Patrick Severe. I’m 31 years old and this is how my incredible journey started.

I was born into a single parent family in a small town located in the northwest of Haiti. I have three wonderful brothers and two beautiful sisters (one sister passed away 14 years ago but still lives in my heart).  Growing up, living everyday was a challenge for my mother and my siblings. My mom worked with an organization in the Northwest for a couple of years and during this time she became seriously sick.

She didn’t know what to do.

Finally, she talked with a manager of that organization about taking three of her kids and placing them in that orphanage. She decided to send two of her sons and one daughter there. And one of those kids was me. This was a very hard decision for my mother to make and even more difficult to live with. I lived at this orphanage for about 13 years. At 19 years old, I left the orphanage and went back to go live with my mom. I lived with her for about four years.

After finishing high school, I wanted to attend University but wasn’t able to. This was very difficult for me. About 90% of the youths in the community I grew up in didn’t have the opportunity to attend University.This is not only because there are no Universities there, but because the private Universities are very very expensive and most of the public ones are located in Port-au-Prince. Knowing this was my dream, I talked with the managers of the organization to see if I could have the chance to attend College. Unfortunately they denied my request.

At this point, I was very nervous and frustrated because I didn’t see how I could reach the goals I had for my own life without the opportunity to attend University. 

In just one day following that conversation, I decided to go to Port-au-Prince without any plans or money in my pocket. In fact, I had to borrow money to take the bus to the city.  I lived the hardest period of my life while in Port-au-Prince. However, I was determined to find a way to attend University. I contacted a friend of mine I met while I was living at the orphanage. Out of her generosity, she decided to support me in attending University.

After three and a half years, I decided to start looking for a job…but I couldn’t find one. It’s very difficult to find a job in Haiti. According to some sources, almost 80% of youths in the Country are unemployed and I was part of that percentage for about 2 years, until a job opportunity came up at Children of the Promise.

Now, I have almost two years in a wonderful job at COTP as the Finance Manager. It is amazing to see the impact that Children of the Promise is making in the lives of Haitian kids and the surrounding community, as well as the daily joy they bring to a lot of families. I’m so grateful for employment at COTP and the impact it has made in my own life. I now have the ability to support my family financially and have the opportunity to pour into the children living here every day!

I believe Children of the Promise is the best place God could have led me to start my career. It is here that I found a family and a community I feel I belong in. Thank you!

Help us say “thank you” this Christmas season to Patrick and all the Haitian staff. Give on #GivingTuesday and provide an employee Christmas bonus!