Taking a “leap of faith,” a young Haitian man is trying to adopt to a baby he found in a trash can despite it cutting into his university studies.
Long since legally-declared the boy’s guardian, 27-year-old Jimmy Amisial is merely waiting to raise money for the adoption procedure, and taking significant time away from university studies to do it.
The story goes that back in December 2017, a 22-year-old Mr. Amisial came home to visit his mom Elicie in Haiti during a study break from Texas State University where he’s studying communication and electronic media.
“When I woke up that day, I was totally unaware that my life was about to change forever,” Jimmy said.
Since he was a teenager, Jimmy has helped out at the orphanage next to his home, and on this trip, he’d brought back presents for the children.
He was on his way to the orphanage when he came across a large group of people huddled around a trash can. Jimmy made his way to the front of the commotion, and, to his disbelief, there was a four-month-old baby inside.
“People were crowding round this [trash] bin and I heard them arguing about what to do with this tiny baby,” said Jimmy. “Everyone was just staring at him—not a single soul wanted to help.”
Brave Jimmy scooped up the baby and took him home to his mother Elicie Jean, 66, where they washed, clothed and fed him milk, before taking him for medical help. The police launched an investigation to find the boy’s parents, but they were never traced.
With nowhere else to turn, a judge asked Jimmy if he would become legal guardian to the baby.
“I was already behind on my university fees and my family has always struggled to make ends meet,” he explained. “But I didn’t have a dad growing up, and this poor child was facing a lifetime of instability and uncertainty.”
“Something inside was telling me that this had happened for a reason, so I took a leap of faith.”
Ever since those fateful days, Jimmy has been splitting his time between the States and Gonaives, Haiti, where the boy is being cared for by Elicie. He decided to name his charge Emilio.
Now Jimmy has applied to formally adopt Emilio, who has just started school at age 5.
“I had to do what I had to do when no one else wanted to do it, and I’m so grateful for the past four and a half years,” said Jimmy.
“I’m glad I got the opportunity to transform his life from being abandoned in the trash to being a wonderful treasure,” he said. “I truly do feel like a father, and I’m excited to put pen to paper and make Emilio my son. I just need to raise the money first.”
Emilio is a bright spark and loves music. He wants to be a musician when he’s older.
“Mom loves him, the kids in the orphanage love him, and I love him as if he were my own. He really is a special little boy.”