Marlene Mathurin Executive Director co-founder of ARCF is the Chief Catalyst with twenty four years experience working in humanitarian assistance focusing primarily on improving the quality of life of children and families in special difficulties. Great expertise in all aspects of field development including social mobilization, coordination of international & national collaborative efforts, preparation of work plans and monitoring, evaluation and training.
Marlene has a passion for social development. She is currently working with groups focused on teen pregnancy (La grossesse chez les adolescents) and community development.
Starting in July of 1994 as the Founder of Fondation pour la Survie de l’Enfant Haitien (FSEH) a nonprofit apolitical organization, works as grass-root resource with the title of General Director under the Cooperative Council of Haiti (CCH) formed by the US-Support Group-Haiti, and as the liaison between donors and recipients for J5 US Humanitarian Assistance and Civic Action services.
While working with the US-Support Group, she played a major role in the development and implementing of the USAID-Haiti’s At-Risk Youth Programs “Appui Aux Reinforcements des Communautés” [ARC], in rehabilitation, construction of schools, orphanages, wells digging, small revenues projects and more. From 1998-2002 as Executive Director of “Chambre de l’Enfance Nécéssiteuse Haitienne. [CENH] an organization that leads a coalition of institutions working with orphaned and vulnerable children throughout the country.
The continuation of the socioeconomic and political crisis that marred a transition to democracy in Haiti has caused many setbacks; aggravated by the departure of the United Nations troops to leave Haiti by order of the UN General Secretary Kofi Annan. The $500 million dollars aids for Haiti were frozen. The Strategic Objective for 2004 (SO4) of USAID was forsaken, and all doors were closed.
On November of 2002, Mathurin co-founded The At Risk Children Foundation “ARCF”, A nonprofit organization with a 501 (C)(3) status, with the mission to promote, develop and improve basic living conditions for the most needy Haitian children and families of all faiths.
Since its inception At Risk Children for the past16 years has been providing critical assistance to children and families struggling in poverty through many programs aimed at improving the lives of children..