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Meet the Director

Rock Erick Cayo was born in Haiti on January 4th, 1963 from a very poor family. Most people in his situation received no education at all and he had to work very hard just to finish high school. He was 27 when he finally graduated. Most higher education in Haiti is offered through expensive French private schools so in order to move forward in his education, he came to America as an illegal resident. He received his GED and enrolled in college as a computer science major. Unfortunately he had to stop after the first semester because he could not afford it. He could not receive financial aid because he was not an American citizen.

He got his American residency in January 2001 and went back to school at Medega Ever College in Brooklyn, NY, completing a computer science degree. During the next few years a lot happened in a short period of time. He got married and had a family. He worked several jobs, most notably at United Presbyterian Church with elderly people, until March of 2003 when he got a call from his brother who lives in Washington State asking if he wanted to work in Haiti.  His brother told Rock, “An Agency in Washington wants to open an orphanage in Haiti.” Although Rock did not know much about running an orphanage, he said, “Yes, I will try it.”

In May of 2003, Rock went to Haiti and on July 14th A New Arrival Center (ANA) was opened. For two years, they focused solely on adoptions. But as time passed, Rock felt it was not what he really wanted to do to help his country’s children and their families. He realized that the people of Haiti needed more.  So, he decided to make A New Arrival more than just an orphanage, by adding a Primary School on site. He dreams of building a community center that would focus on improving the lives of families in Pernier.