Kinderdorf (“children’s village”) OrphanageThe heart of our work
The Future of Haiti
lies within each newborn child. We desire to provide an environment where especially disadvantaged children can safely grow and develop.
Our orphanage provides thirty children
with a safe and loving home. It is a small, green oasis within dusty Gonaives. There are five children’s houses, each with a professionally trained house mother and a maximum of six children per house. This family-like structure helps to foster personal relationships among the children and between them and their house mother.
We primarily care for “full-orphans” (a child with neither parent),
but in some cases, children from single-parent families, abused children or abandoned children are also brought in to the Kinderdorf. The house mothers are assisted by other women, hired from outside of the Kinderdorf, who help with household work such as cooking and cleaning. All house mothers receive continual training from professional social workers, and they are under the supervision of the orphanage’s administration. This enables us to provide the much-needed, healthy living environment that these children need; each of whom has their own set of traumatic experiences they need to work through.
In addition to providing a loving upbringing and a quality education,
it is very important to us to stay in touch with our children’s biological families. At about nineteen years of age, our young adults leave the Kinderdorf and are reintegrated into society. The costs of further education, either vocational training or university studies, continue to be supported by the young adult’s sponsor as much as possible. As a result, our Kinderdorf children are equipped to influence and change their families and communities -which brings change to Haiti, one child at a time.