Every story is different, but one thing remains the same: marginalized children need support to discover their own worth, get through life’s roadblocks, and reach their full potential. – Alex Lizzappi, Founder
Our founder Alex Lizzappi is a successful entrepreneur in Miami fighting for children’s social justice in Haiti. His purpose in life is to take action to help Restavek girls break free from the cycle of poverty and child slavery by providing them with an emotionally nurturing place to live and the educational skills for a better life. His dedication to helping Restavek children grows out of his own experiences as a marginalized child. As a child, Alex was able to change the direction of his life with the support of others.
Born in Italy to a drug-addicted mother and a violent father, Alex spent most of his childhood in an orphanage. By age sixteen, he was homeless and struggling to survive. However, he was able to rise above these circumstances by bravely reaching out for help.
When Alex first visited Haiti, he was devastated by the situation there. Although he traveled extensively, the profound poverty and its impact on children were worse than anything he had ever seen before. He felt compelled to act and in 2010 he founded Haiti Now after making several more visits and witnessing the destruction brought on by the 2010 earthquake.
Since then, Haiti Now has been focused on empowering the most vulnerable and disenfranchised demographic in Haitian society—its children.