On Thursday, July 27, Alix Dorsainvil, a staff member of El Roi Haiti, and her daughter were kidnapped while serving the community near Port au Prince, Haiti’s capital.
El Roi Haiti is a Christian organization that helps “raise up Haitian leaders who will strengthen families, restore relationships, and build healthy communities that function according to God’s design and purpose.” The organization believes it will accomplish its mission through “the restoration of hope and dignity in each individual as they discover their true identity and purpose in Jesus Christ.”
Dorsainvil is married to Sandro Dorsainvil, founder and director of El Roi Academy & Institution Mixte Vwatizang Ayesyen Yo.
El Roi Haiti describes Alix Dorsainvil as someone who “has worked tirelessly as our school and community nurse to bring relief to those who are suffering as she loves and serves the people of Haiti in the name of Jesus.”
On Wednesday (Aug. 9), nearly two weeks after the nurse and her daughter were kidnapped, El Roi Haiti announced they have been released.
“It is with a heart of gratitude and immense joy that we at El Roi Haiti confirm the safe release of our staff member and friend, Alix Dorsainvil, and her child who were held hostage in Port au Prince, Haiti. Today we are praising God for answered prayer,” the organization said in a statement.
“We are so thankful for everyone who joined us in prayer and supported us during this crisis,” El Roi Haiti continued, adding that the organization’s name is Hebrew for “the God who sees.”
“It is with that vision that we now rest upon God’s truth that, ‘In his kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation,’” the statement said, quoting 1 Peter 5:10.
Praising God for proving himself faithful as he “restores, supports, and strengthens” the Dorsainvil family, El Roi Haiti said that “there is still much to process and to heal from in this situation, so we are asking that no attempts be made to contact Alix or her family at this time.”
The statement concluded, “We will continue to release information as appropriate on our website. Please keep checking back. And again, thanks for all of the prayers and support through this incredibly difficult time.”
According to a report released by the International Organization for Migration in June, gang violence has displaced more than 165,000 people in Haiti.