Children’s Orphan 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 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 will be the site for the Children’s Orphan Village, as well as a sports arena, primary and secondary school and the local church. Homes will be 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 children's home duplex has started.
The Children’s Orphan Village is not yet in operation, but plans for operations are being developed. There will be a selection criteria for choosing house parents or mothers 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.