Jean Rebecca is the co-founder of Stand for Haiti (Kanpe Haiti) and was born in a small village located in the city of Croix-des-Bouquet, Haiti. This is the genesis of Kanpe Haiti. This is where it all began.
Jean came into this world in the most unusual way fathomable. After being pregnant for more than 11 months, Jean’s mother went to the bathroom in the middle of the night. And that was when Jean was born in a bucket. As a very young child, Jean was forced to eat paper and dirt just to avoid starving to death. In 1985 at the age of 6, Jean migrated to the United States. Not knowing the language or the American culture, Jean was subjected to constant bullying; just for being different.
Jean was raised in Palm Beach County, Florida from the time he was six. Outside of school, he self-taught himself how to speak English.
With his mother in Haiti, Jean grew up with a dad and his dad’s girlfriend uncomfortable, dysfunctional, and abusive household. He lived in a home and neighborhood where drug use, trafficking and prostitution were commonplace. His family in the states was poor, as well, forcing Jean on occasion to wash and wear the same clothes to school.