Alina Rodriquez returns again to help orphanage from which she was adopted
Alina Rodriquez, in pink dress, has been returning annually to the Belize orphanage from which she was adopted as a toddler as a part of her Alina Gives Back charitable efforts. The 13-year-old Braselton resident is hosting an April 30 book drive to collect new and used books for this summer’s outreach effort near the orphanage.
What began as a child’s question about other children without toys remaining in the Belize orphanage from which she was adopted has become an ongoing mission of a Braselton family.
Alina Gives Back is a nonprofit which annually finds that child, Alina Rodriquez, now 13 and a 10th-grader Georgia Cyber Academy student, returning to Belize to not only deliver toys and toiletries and host a dinner meal at the orphanage but host a summer day camp.
After Dominique Rodriquez and her husband had struggled for years to conceive a child and began to explore adoption, her mother, who was born in Belize and returned there after her retirement, joined the mission to find them a child. One day, the couple got a call from her mother.
“I have found your daughter,” she said of the darling orphaned toddler she found and took home with her, and the lengthy formal process began to adopt Alina and bring her home to the United States. The big bond between grandmother and granddaughter developed as Alina lived with Dominique’s mother for several months.
Alina was in kindergarten when she asked about the children she had known at the Dorothy Menzies Child Care Center in Belize. She remembered the simplicity of the surroundings compared to what she was enjoying in her Georgia home, and she wanted to share with others.
“This all happened by accident because of my daughter,” said Dominique, who began asking store managers for donations for Alina’s goal of providing for the children she left behind in the orphanage. Before long, it was Alina making the requests.
“She is my little angel,” says Dominique of her daughter, who was recently accepted to the Governor’s Honors Program in English with math as her minor. She is one of a few 13-year-olds selected to participate in this summer’s residential program at Valdosta State University for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program. Applying for Governor’s Honors is an arduous process and Georgia Cyber Academy instructors assisted.
The day after she returns from Governor’s Honors, Alina will be headed to Belize. While there, in addition to conducting the summer day camp, she will also be tutoring kids a few hours a day almost until school starts back.
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