What We Do
In Haiti, children are displaced from their family for a multitude of reasons. The simplest answer: POVERTY. We've adapted research-based, community social work models to the 'tet-chaje' of Haiti and employ Haitian social workers to provide culturally competent family services. With an incredible amount of walking and determination, we've successfully located a parent, aunt, brother or grandma- 100% of the time. Tracing families is our specialty.
If parents had jobs, there wouldn't be orphanages and foreign aid wouldn't be necessary. Unemployment rates hover around 75% in Haiti. Economic development is crucial. The caregivers of our families set their own vocational goals; we set the objectives and offer the resources to help them achieve those goals. We offer education, vocational training, microloans, small business development, and grants for agricultural livelihood initiatives like gardens and goats.
Housing: 65% of our program participants are granted housing assistance for two years while enrolled in our Livelihood Initiatives Program. 75% of caretakers who own their home receive grants for repairs to doors, windows, roofs and latrines.
Medical: Poverty causes preventable death. It is our ethical and moral responsibility to provide the medical resources, funds and referrals our families need to live. Since 2014, we've provided medical assistance to over 100 people. We provide side by side support to medical appointments have funded everything from eye glasses to impatient malnutrition services.
Thomas Jefferson said it best: To eliminate and dissipate these clouds of darkness, the general mind must be strengthened by education. We believe education is a human right. 100% of our program participants receive FREE education. Parents and caregivers receive education and training through our Livelihood Initiatives. K-12 Students receive Individualized Education Services. We adapt our education services to the specific needs and goals of each child!
We offer spiritual and mental health support to everyone we serve. From praying with a mama in her home for her families safety, to teaching teenage boys anger management techniques- we strive to be a force of light and love through service. We follow Jesus' example of love, simplicity, fellowship, and feet-washing.
Through street outreach and weekly home visits, we work diligently to ensure the children we serve are being cared for. Due to cultural norms and lack of education, parents often consider physical abuse an effective form of discipline. We meet with parents in their homes for abuse/neglect training and consistent caregiver support.
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