As a child growing up in Cuba, I fell in love with Haiti. Haiti jumped from the pages of  “The Kingdom of this World,”  a novel that brought to life the Haitian Revolution. 

I couldn’t have know then that almost 30 years later, and living in the US, I would have the opportunity to work in Africa. Or that my passion for humanitarian work would be birthed there.

Upon leaving Africa and returning to the US, I continued my education, never forgetting about the passion I developed around humanitarian work, and my love of Haiti. As I was finishing my studies, a friend told me she was moving to Haiti to take over an orphanage. I was drawn to go with her.  In January 2015 I was on my way to Haiti. 

One of the first things I learned was about the restavek problem there. Restaveks (“child slaves”) are children from families in rural communities. Because families are typically large, and parents often do not have the means to care for all of their children, they will give them to families in larger cities—hoping that their children will have better lives. 

Unfortunately, this often leads to human trafficking and child slavery. There are currently more than 400,000 children in Haiti who are considered restaveks. This trip was the catalyst for my life-long dedication to create sustainable communities in Haiti and, in March of 2015, the formation of the Renand Foundation.

The Renand Foundation began by going into rural communities to look for families who were going to give their children to other families due to financial constraints. We began meeting families who had children who were restaveks.  Our focus was twofold—how do we prevent other children from becoming restaveks and how can we find and return the lost children to their families. 

Today, we are an organization with two schools, a medical clinic, a mobile clinic, and four children centers, which provide after school support, tutoring, and meals. 

In addition, we build and repair homes, create industry, and provide medical/dental care. 

The work continues, as the opportunities are limitless! We are excited to be supporting our brothers and sisters in Haiti in building sustainable communities so that they can grow, prosper, and support their families, ultimately ending the restavek problem!

Please explore our website. Consider joining us on a trip to Haiti. We would love to hear from you.

Lastly, we ask for your financial contribution toward our continuing efforts in supporting the people of Haiti to become prosperous and enjoy the same opportunities so many of us have enjoyed.


With gratitude,

Dr. Andis Tamayo, EdD.


We empower youth in rural Haiti by providing education, healthcare and teaching life changing skills in a effort to create sustainable communities.  Our goal is to prevent child slavery and help the children and families live a healthy and prosperous life.


Ultimately our vision is preventing child slavery in Haiti.

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