Heather Meyer Gabaud (Executive Director and Co-Founder)

Heather Meyer-Gabaud was born and raised in Florida, USA.  She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with areas of concentration in Education and the Arts and a minor in Health Science.  Heather was very active in dance in her childhood and adulthood where she focused heavily on ballet and modern dance.  She taught dance for over 7 years, and had the opportunity of teaching a dance class designed for children with disabilities!

Heather first started going on short-term mission trips to Haiti in 2007.  She would go down and teach dance to the children living in the orphanage for several years before moving down to be a full time missionary.  Heather moved down to Haiti right after the devastating earthquake in 2010, and she became primary caregiver to a very special boy.  Jean had cerebral palsy and was completely dependent on Heather meeting his every need.  Heather’s heart grew immensely for Jean, and she knew that her life calling had been defined.  Jean passed away 18 months after Heather met him, but he left a lasting impression on her heart, and she knew she had to keep fighting for all the children like Jean.

Heather served as a full time missionary in Ouanaminthe, Haiti for over two years before moving to Northwest Haiti to co-direct a facility for children with disabilities in March of 2012.  Her heart and passion for the disability community just kept growing with each passing day.  Heather specifically enjoyed equipping Haitian families with the skills and resources they needed to keep their children with disabilities.  This would later become the driving force behind Footprints of the Son.

In January of 2013, Heather moved to Terrier Rouge, Haiti to start Footprints of the Son with her husband, Dasmin and their two sons, Christ-tcherry (Dasmin’s birth son) and Peterson (Heather and Dasmin’s foster son.)  In September of 2014, they welcomed their daughter, Naomi, into their family.  Heather loves making an impact on their community by loving and caring for the children with disabilities and their families.  She oversees and teaches at the Footprints of the Son Inclusion School, and enjoys training Haitian teachers to educate students of varying abilities.  Heather manages international relations and the child sponsorship program.

Dasmin “Papito” Gabaud (Haitian Director, Co-Founder)

Dasmin Gabaud is a Haitian national who has lived in Haiti his entire life.  He attended school in Northeast Haiti for fourteen years passing his exit exams from the last class, Philo.  Dasmin started working at twelve years old (two years after his mother died) in order to continue his schooling.  He worked alongside of his father who did construction.  He has always had to work hard and manage his time well, and has a passion for learning.  After Dasmin’s father passed away in 2005, he continued to work, go to school, and help his family.

Dasmin’s life would completely be changed after the birth of his son, Christ-tcherry, in May of 2009.  Christ-tcherry’s mother passed away during child birth leaving Dasmin with a 3lb premature baby to raise alone.  After spending countless days and nights in various hospitals seeking answers and spending much money, Christ-tcherry was two and a half years old before Dasmin would be told his son was severely disabled with cerebral palsy.  Dasmin was a devoted father always, and this news was not going to stop him from being the best dad he could be.

In March of 2012, Dasmin (along with Christ-tcherry) moved to Northwest Haiti where he served as a supervisor at a facility for children with disabilities. After 9 months of experience in the disability community, his compassion and heart for these children and their families grew.  He wanted to do more.  He wanted to work directly alongside of parents (using his testimony) to share God’s love for the children with special needs in Haiti.  Dasmin had a desire to be a missionary in his own country, and he wanted to advocate for Haitian families raising children with disabilities so that they wouldn’t give up.  He wanted them to know there was value in their children, and to show them that the best place for these children was in their families.

In January of 2013, Dasmin moved back to Northeast Haiti to start Footprints of the Son in Terrier Rouge with his wife, Heather, and their two sons, Christ-tcherry (his birth son) and Peterson (Heather and Dasmin’s foster son.)  In September of 2014, they welcomed their daughter, Naomi, into their family.  Dasmin enjoys offering hope to the outreach families, telling them the truth about their children and their disabilities, and assisting them in any way he can.  Dasmin manages all Haitian relations and focuses on outreach development and building projects for the ministry.