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.