ARISE Children’s Village
One in every ten children in Haiti are “restaveks”, a Creole term that means “to stay with”, but in reality is a child slave. Parents give their children away in hopes that they will receive better care than they can afford to provide them. But this rarely happens. There are also many children throughout Haiti that are abandoned or orphaned due to the abject poverty and crisis of teen and unwed pregnancies. Our desire is to rescue children such as these and bring them into a loving family environment and place of safety, where they will be cared for in a family unit, have access to education, spiritual upbringing and good nutrition.
A 7-acre parcel of land has been purchased just 300 feet from Haiti ARISE’s current main campus. Here is the site for ARISE Children’s Village, as well as a sports arena, primary and secondary school and will have the local church. Homes are being constructed as duplex apartments in a closed, safe community. A perimeter wall has been constructed around the property, a well has been drilled, and site plans have been developed. Construction of the first 2 of 6 children's home duplexes are almost complete.
The ARISE Children’s Village is close to operation, and policies/ procedures are being developed. A social worker has been hired to work on the development of these as well as begin parent interviews and training. There is a selection criteria for choosing house parents to care for 5-8 children per home and ongoing training provided. Each home will function as a family, rather than an institutional orphanage. Employment will be provided on site for house parents in areas of maintenance, grounds keeping, etc. On the same campus site, the children will have access to education through our elementary and high school and be brought up in a loving, Christian environment through church programs.
The first homes are scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.