Before Andis Tamayo and his husband, Renato Silva, started the Renand Foundation three years ago, he was looking for a way to help people in Africa.
He had fallen in love with the continent when he was working for the U.S. government there. “I always wanted to make a difference in the world. I wanted to do something more in Africa and it just didn’t work out,” said Tamayo, who serves as president of the Renand Foundation.
Instead, he ended up helping in Haiti. “It was sort of like one thing led to another.”
Now, he and his husband, who serves as chairman of the Renand Foundation, work with others to help people in Haiti with education, housing, health, and other needs. When SFGN contacted Tamayo, he was in a small village, Bassin Bleu, located in the southern peninsula of the country. He was already there for two weeks and has plans to leave and return to the island multiple times between now and the summer.
“I came here because a friend of mine was moving down here to take over an orphanage. I found out there was child slavery [children either forced into physical labor or sexual servitude] and I wanted to do something about it.” He said his drive to do something is something very personal. “I know that if I were a child I would not want to be a child slave or sexually exploited by anyone.”
So, every morning, he wakes up and takes it one child at a time.
“That’s what keeps me going.”
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