Alaina was born in 2005 and lives in Batey Lechería in the Dominican Republic. Batey is the Haitian word for village. The older generations in Batey Lechería are Haitian.
Life for Haitians in the Dominican is difficult. Unless they have sufficient funds to start their own business, which most do not, they are passed over for work because of their nationality. Dominicans prefer to hire their own countrymen.
Alaina lives with both of her parents and her four siblings. Her siblings are Anelson who is 17, Juan Miguel who is 14, Estefani who is 8 and Daniel who is 9 years old. Her dad is a pastor and also works gathering up stone and construction materials from the river. The family lives in a very humble house made of wood. Alaina's mother sometimes sells groceries from their home. Her older brothers also work to help provide for the family. Alaina's family moved to the Dominican from Haiti 25 years ago.
Alaina attends the public school and is in 7th grade. She can speak Spanish and Creole. Her favorite color is blue and in addition to painting, Alaina enjoys playing soccer. Alaina wants to become a doctor and a painter in the future.