Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 1st 2015 Contents said later.
"It s not like I haven t seen
poverty in Haiti before, but it was
so personal. It s my mom."
She had planned to spend the
night at the house. Instead, she
traveled two more hours to the one
hotel in Pestel.
The next day, Junette said she
would like to either move their
mother to the capital or fix up her
home, where two or three of her
children and their families stay at
any given time.
The implication was clear: Mari-
ette would pay.
Her brothers walked through the
home with two barefoot contrac-
tors. Mariette ended up with a
rough estimate of around $5,000---
far more than she could afford.
Her family saw her as
the rich American
ter and a
they could go to nursing school, if
they could only come up with the
Colas wanted to prepare a meal,
but didn t have money to buy a
chicken. Mariette paid.
The neighbours flocked to the
house to see the visitor. Some vil-
lagers from Deron claimed to have
put children in the same orphanage
as Mariette s, hoping for adoption.
They praised Platel for helping the
community, and one man said he
was disappointed his child wasn t
chosen for a life abroad.
"People are told these kids will
have a better life and one day may
come back," said Ilmer
Resil homme, a pastor.
"Some of them understand.
Some don t."
Back in Port-au-Prince, on her
final night in Haiti, Mariette
brought the family for
dinner at the guest
was there with her
daughter. Her brother Feni came,
as did her sister Aliette, with her
Mariette barely ate as they all
talked. They wrote out a family tree
that included Mariette and her kids.
Toward the end of the night,
Mariette was yawning. They hugged
each other, and then her family
began singing hymns in Creole.
Mariette had no idea what they
were singing, but she recorded it
on her phone. It felt like Thanks-
She left Haiti with a passport
photo of her father, a gift from
Colas. It was the only photo her
mother had of Berlisse.
The details of Mariette s adoption
remain a mystery. Wiebe,
facilitator, can t
how much he knew.
A woman by the name of Rose-
Marie Platel lives in a small apart-
ment in the Boston neighbourhood
of Mattapan, where many Haitians
have settled. She says she used to
live on the same street where the
orphanage was located. Her friends
back in Haiti and Sandra insist from
photos that it s the same woman.
But this woman says she knows
nothing about orphans, and was
too busy raising her own children.
She dismisses a visitor with a
Adoptions in Haiti are now much
more regulated. Birth parents can
give up parental rights only after
they appear before a court official,
and attempts are made to keep the
The government matches chil-
dren with adoptive parents, so that
they can no longer choose kids
directly from an orphanage, as San-
Sandra s acknowledgement of
doubts about the adoption angered
Mariette for a time, but she has
tried to let it go.
"I still think it s messed up, but
I m no longer bitter," she said.
She has stayed in close touch
with her new, yet old Haitian fam-
ily, and her brother told her Colas
now sleeps with her daughter s
photo under her pillow.
Mariette is trying to come up
with money for them while putting
her kids through school and buying
a house. She plans to run a half-
marathon in Miami to raise funds
and visit Haiti with her husband
She may not know everything
about her adoption, but she knows
"Every single day for my entire
life I have always thought of my
mom," she said.
face to put to the name." (AP)
From Page A29
Mariette Williams, wearing a
yellow scarf, poses for a group
photo with her newfound relatives
outside their home in Deron, a
neighbourhood on the outskirts of
Pestel, Haiti. AP PHOTOS
The neighbours flocked to the house to see
the visitor. Some villagers from Deron claimed
to have put children in the same orphanage as
Mariette's, hoping for adoption. They praised
Platel for helping the community, and one man
said he was disappointed his child wasn't
chosen for a life abroad.
a passport photo of her late
biological father, a gift from her
birth mother Colas Etienne, in Deron,
Haiti. Through social media, Mariette
was able to track her biological family
learning that they had been looking for her
for 30 years.
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