It started when Marlene, returned to Haiti in 1994 from the United States to work with the US-Support Group-Haiti, J5 Humanitarian Assistance and Civic Action Services. Aware of Haiti’s severe socio-economic situation, and the impact on the children, Marlene saw the need to create an organization that would promote and facilitate the welfare of the impoverished children in Haiti. Along with a group of concerned individuals, sharing common interest in the poor children of Haiti; they created, “Fondation pour Survie de L’Enfant Haitien (FSEH) a nonprofit, apolitical organization to aid the orphaned, and at risk youth of Haiti.
This resulted in the beginning of a long, and fulfilling journey, for Marlene and the many other individuals, and organizations who would take on the challenges of caring for the impoverished children of Haiti. In time these efforts created a future of hope, and a lifetime of successes for all those involves. These endeavors evolved into the founding of At-Risk Children Foundation.
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.
For more than 15 years At Risk Children has been providing critical assistance to children and families struggling in poverty through many programs aimed at improving their lives, through community empowerment, and escaping poverty through education.