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Carine Dorlus

Carine Dorlus is a 28 year old Haitian-American women born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is passionate about helping children in her own community and from her parents' homeland. Dorlus is an author of her first published book called,The Road To Purpose. He is a motivational speaker and a global human-philanthropist. In 2018 she founded the Philadelphia For Haiti but her most cherished attribute is impacting people's lives, each and every day! She is the true definition of a leader.

How did you figure out what your passion is?

I figured out my passion when I completed my sixth month internship in Haiti in 2017. It changed my life and made me start my nonprofit global initiative outreach called Philadelphia For Haiti.

What has been the most rewarding part of your journey so far?

Being able to put smiles on the families and children faces in Haiti. Also publishing my first book,The Road To Purpose. Last but not least, bringing volunteers to Haiti to give and experience the culture and hearing their testimony saying how much the outreach trip has changed their lives, it has made them humbling individual; they are going to do more for their community, facing fear and much more.

What else would you like to accomplish?

I'm looking to go back to school to complete my masters in global development and social justice or nonprofit leadership. I also would like to build a school in Haiti.

Has there been any Black role model or mentor who has inspired your vision or accomplishments thus far?

Not at the moment.

Do you have any cultural activities or experiences that you feel have enriched your life’s journey thus far?

Some cultural activities to name a few are: Carnival is marked by colorful parades, lively music, traditional art and dances throughout Haiti. Independence Day is celebrated on New Year's Day, which is when Haiti gained independence from France on January 1,1804. Also on that day we eat a soup called Soup Joumou or pumpkin soup which signifies thatHaitian slaves were forbidden from drinkingsoup joumou. It was a delicacy reserved for their white masters. To celebrate Haiti's liberation, the soup became a symbol for freedom!!

I endeared moments I faced during my exploration of Haiti's culturally rich, yet impoverished land. While completing my undergraduate internship, my outreach surpassed my initial expectations. I have vast experiences from rehabilitating children and adults with special needs to mentoring at-risk youth in the poor village of Carries and more. My personal mission is to teach the world to not fear what God has put in your heart. I challenge everyone to lead with their heart; it will pay off in the long run.

What advice would you give to other young people beginning their careers?

It is okay not to have it all figured out and you can change your career how many times you want until you are comfortable and HAPPY!

What does being a part of the African Diaspora mean to you?

African Diaspora means Africa United or "African family" and as family we have to look out for our family member. In this case I'm speaking of Haiti. Although Haiti is not connected to the continent; the people of Haiti still endured the struggle that many African countries faced. Being exploited and being robbed by the White man. As the first Black country to gain independence, Haiti encouraged other countries to follow their lead in fighting for their dependence.