This book really touched my heart it is well written and enjoyable. The author illustrated how he overcame adversity while growing up without his beloved “papa”. With the strength of his granny, he becomes the man he is today. You will love this diamond in the rough. -Amazon Review
One hundred percent of profits from the sales of this book will go toward tuition sponsorship, teacher training, library development and school construction in Haiti, starting with the very school Dr. Louis attended as a child in Haiti.
Nothing prepares a child to navigate life in the absence of a loving parent. Whilst a formal education will never replace all that a parent would have wished to teach us, it offers the best prospect to open the doors that they would have wanted to unlock for us. — Claude Louis, MD
“I’m All Grown Now Papa” is a heartfelt story about an endearing young boy growing up in the rural mountains of Haiti, addressing a series of questions to his father (in heaven) who passed away when he was only 1 month old. His grandmother (Grann) has told him so many stories about his father and the striking resemblance between the two even at a very young age. The boy updates his father of the dynamics around the family, their struggle, their pain, their joy but most importantly his efforts to be a good boy, taking care of Grann and his mother in his father’s absence. “I’m All Grown Now Papa” also shows how difficult it is for some boys and girls in certain parts of the world to receive an education and realize their dreams. All of the emotions and captivating natural beauty of the mountains are beautifully rendered through the illustrations of a gifted Haitian artist.
100% of the profit from the sales will go towards educational areas of tuition sponsorship, teacher training, library development and building schools in Haiti starting with the school I attended as a child growing up in Qui Croit, Haiti. This is my story.
As in the title, Claude Louis is indeed “…all grown up now, Papa.” His father would indeed be proud of the man–and physician–his son has become. Dr. Louis’s childhood memoir is a testament to his hard work and dedication in the face of extreme poverty to fulfill his dad’s wish that he become a doctor.
Buy this book! Read this book! The proceeds help make it possible for Dr. Louis to continue to provide quality medical care to impoverished villagers who would otherwise go without.
About the Author:
Claude Louis was born on the beautiful mountains of Qui-Croit, Haiti. While he enjoys taking care of his patients in Virginia, Dr. Louis is deeply involved in his community back in Haiti. He started in 2008 a non-profit called Words In Action Haiti through which he founded a community clinic serving thousands of folks around Qui-Croit and its surroundings. He is also involved in helping the least fortunate children from the mountains to achieve an education and sponsoring the ones with higher aptitude to go to college and return back to help their community after their training.
Dr. Louis enjoys long distance running, reading and writing mostly about the Haitian culture and experience. He returns to Haiti every 3 to 4 months.
Dr. Claude Louis