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. Our Children's Village homes house up to eight kids plus house parents.
The ARISE Children’s Village opened in January 2016. Each home operates as a family unit rather than an orphanage. A social worker oversees the children's development and conducts parent interviews and training.
Three of the six complexes are now complete. Once all the homes are built we will have 18 units that will house up to 144 children. Each house parent has employment within Haiti ARISE, or in their own outside business or work. They earn their own salary to help support their family unit. Haiti ARISE provides an allotment per family to help cover the costs of food, clothing, propane, gas. The parents are required to budget, meal plan, and provide receipts for their allotment each month. This will ensure the children are being well looked after, while still providing the parents with the dignity of caring for their own family.
32 children now call Arise Children's Village home, but even more important they now have a family.
MEET THE FAMILIES
Claudy & Berlin Metellus (1B)
Peterson, Schnider, Ruthnéie, Ykenson & Leens Georgio
Milorvena Joseph & Joseph Max Desgazons (1A)
Lorvencia, Trotsky, Esther Lynn & Eli Sterling (twins)
Jean Rory & Marie Claude Moya Frédéric (5A)
Maria, Deseline, Natacha, Ruthnéemie, Jhony, Jean Samuel & Jameson
Jean Joseph Renold & Mariana Hilaire Fénelon (5B)
Vekenlove, Gilberson, Vekenson, Loude Mia, Roudley, Carly, Chilove & Dailove
Jean Gilles & Louis Marie Mona Saintil (3A)
Deborah, Marlensky, Cheistie, David, Robensley, Kenley & Alann
PLEASE CONTACT US TODAY
to find out more about our families and the children available for sponsorship.
Children's Village Sponsorship
Would you be willing to help raise up this village?
Your monthly sponsorship of $60.00 is allocated towards the child’s family unit. Dollars go directly to the operation of the home. Children’s Village Sponsorship helps to pay for the child's food, clothing, toiletries, health care needs, and for school-age children…tuition, uniform, books and supplies. Multiple sponsors are required for each child. If you're interested in giving a lump sum donation, those dollars are allocated to the CV general fund toward future growth and development of the ARISE Children’s Village.
Sponsor an Arise Child - $60/month CDN
Sponsor an Arise Child - $60/month USD
MEET THE KIDS
Carly's mother died in childbirth, leaving 8 children behind with their father. He was just a peasant farmer, unable to care for any of them and gave up care for all of them to different people. Carly was in the care of his aunt. But she was not able to provide even milk for him and he was near to death when we found him. In getting him medical attention, more than 70 worms were expelled from his little body! He was 14 months old and was unable to hold up his head, let alone his body.
When Roudley first arrived at ARISE Children's Village, he was unsure. His mother was mentally ill and unable to properly raise him, so he was often left to himself in Grand-Goave. With no father around either, he never had the opportunity to go to school. At 6 years old, Roudley did not yet know his letters or numbers. After just one week in the Children's Village, he had already learned them.
When Ruthnéemie was born, her mother died. No one knew who the father was and she had no siblings. Her grandmother had 6 other children to care for and they lived in just a makeshift torn tent in Port Au Prince that would soak them all in the rain. It was no condition for a newborn. Her grandmother gave her up to Arise Children's Village when she was 6 months but comes to visit regularly.
Jhony was the last child of eight in his family. His mother admitted shared that she did not want anymore children. She was just trying to earn some money to feed the ones she already had by selling herself. Shortly after pregnancy, she developed cancer and when Johny came she was unable to care for him. He was often left in the home alone or in the care of neighbours when she had to go to the hospital 3 times a week for treatment and to have fluid drained from her abdomen. Jhony was suffering malnutrition and neglect. At three months old, he came into Arise Children's Village in June 2017. He is now healthy and thriving.
Peterson came from Petit-Goave, basically from the streets, to Arise Children's Village in Oct 2016. His mother was mentally ill and wandered the streets. She had been violated by a man who refused to take responsibility. Peterson's grandma took him home with her, but then would leave him to the streets all day while she would go to the market, essentially leaving him to raise himself. At 6 years old, Peterson had never yet been through a full year of schooling. Just after Hurricane Matthew while assessing homes, we found him and brought him back to Arise Children's Village.
Jean Samuel was abandoned at the gate of Haiti ARISE after the adult who brought him to see our social worker fled. He came into the Arise Children's Village in the summer of 2017 and he's been growing up fast. He loves playing with trucks and cars.
Ruthnéie was from the mountain village of Camp Perrin. We found her when she was just 4 months old while on a mission trip with our Haitian church members. Her grandmother begged us to take her because her mother was mentally ill and kept burning her while practicing voodoo. With no father in the picture, she had very little chance of surviving the abuse. Her torso, legs and arms were covered in infected burns. She was the first baby in the Metellus family home.
Schnider's story is a tragic one. From the slum Cite Soliel, he was being raised by his father after his mother left. When his dad was shot in a gang fight, he was left alone for days. The dad's body was never found. His grandmother took him in, but recognized her limits to care for him. She brought him to Arise Children's Village in hopes of a better life for him. She regularly comes to visit. Schnider was very traumatized when he first came and would not speak to anyone.