Meet eleven year old Chirley, 8 Years ago

Chirley Hyacinth was 5 years old when she lost her mother. When we met her she was 11 years old, and been in our care ever since. She completed her primary school cycle at age 15, to attend her secondary at Les “Soeurs de la Charité de St-Hyacinthe”. Now 19 Chirley is been offered a scholarship to come to Port au Prince at the Ecole La Providence to complete her schooling. She wants to be an Agronomist, for the development of Custine, the village where she was born. Picture to the left she is with Sister Jacqueline, who adores her.

Free education as we know it in the United States is nonexistent in many developing countries, including Haiti. Today Haiti faces a multitude of challenges, magnified by the devastation of the 2010 earthquake, resulting 600,000 children are illiterate. ARCF’s mission is to break that cycle of poverty among our youth.

Meet 8 years Widlene, 8 years ago

Eight year old Widlene, among many kids enrolled in first grade, for the first time at “Ecole La Jemmerais” de Custine, she had difficulties coping with the younger kids, in the same classroom, finishing eight grade at age 16. Now, she has grown mature in her faith. She’s learned to trust in God. Despite her struggles, she has aspirations to break the cycle of poverty and make a diffrence in her family life.

“I want to be a nurse ” she said.

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Water

Haiti’s widespread lack of access to safe drinking water and poor sanitation is the leading cause of infant mortality and illness in children. Many children, especially those living in rural areas, do not in fact have any drinking water. In the Custine area nearly every water source has become contaminated with human and animal waste because of the absence of a sewage sanitation system. Give a well there would be lifesaving.

The average cost for digging a well is $5,900 US Dollars.

Education

The average yearly cost to send a child to school is estimated at $550.00 in urban areas and $330.00 in the countryside. This includes enrolment fees, Tuition, uniforms, books, shoes, and all other supplies. These costs are impossible for nearly 80% of all Haitian families, and render school as unattainable.

With the help of a recent scholarship the children of Marie Dorzilma is going to school for the first time.

Build School

Many Haitian parents, in rural poor who live in poverty, are unable to feed their children; so with broken hearts, they give them away to more affluent families, hoping that their child will live in better conditions, and obtain an education.
But, with few exceptions, these children work as domestic servants, working in the homes of their “masters” from early morning till night. Many of them are not permitted to go to school and are exposed to domestic and sexual violence

The Soveyo School is to keep the youth at home, out of the predatory environmentsof the city(s) and the predators’ reachand encouraged parents to keep their children at home.

ARCF– Save the Kids proposes to raise $450,000.00 to build the Soveyo School Learning Center in 4 phases. The first phase (4 classrooms) of the project is completion of the school’s center building, providing facilities to enroll up to 120 children in four classrooms (grades 1-4), boy’s bathrooms, girl’s bathrooms, cafeteria, and offices.

Health Surveillance

The primary problems that ARCF-CENH seeks to address is that most institutions/shelters housing orphans do not have the knowledge of skills necessary to maintain acceptable minimal health standards: Due to the lack of guardian expertise, many negative behavior patterns have arisen that severely impact the level of care that the resident children receive. The repercussions of this behavior result in an increase in preventable illness, as well as the exasperation of more severe health conditions due to a lack of treatment. Certain cases, even result in the death of a child.

At Risk Children Health Program is based on the assumption that basic education and access to information and knowledge has a positive impact on individual well-being and behavior patterns. Thus, by focusing on the deficient areas, institutions will raise their health level to an acceptable, safe and sustainable echelon and prevent future child suffering and/or death.

The ARCF-CENH health surveillance program focuses on a preventative and durable strategy of training, education, and research. Most institution lack the basic material resources to make the program feasible, thus the program also incorporates many elements designed to procure and allocate necessary disease control, nutrition, water, sanitation and essential drugs supplies and equipment.