Zicky Cauvin Charles

Zicky Cauvin Charles
Age: 14 years old

My parents died of fever (HIV). I was on the street by myself for a long time. Maybe about 4 years. I’ve been living with this lady for about 2 years who just so happened to pick me up on the street. She had me to wash dishes and carry water to her with buckets on my head. She also had me to take care of her donkeys. Feed them, wash them down and everything. She always beats me with big palm tree branches and hits me upside the head with pots and pans. Her name is “YaYa”. After she finished beating me, she have me to sit down still without saying a word or moving for a very long time, then she would make me go away from her to play. She doesn’t have a real house either. She made me sleep outside with the donkeys. I couldn’t take the way she treats me anymore so I thought living nowhere would be better. I ran away.”

Julsaint Gefferson 12 yrs old

Pinkon Charles

Stevenson Thimote 5 yrs old

Biography of Wilner St. Fort

[Wilner shown in the center]

Wilner’s mother abandoned him while he was very young, leaving his father to raise him. His father loved him, but when Wilner was four, his father died and his uncle in Belle-Fontaine took him in. This uncle treated Wilner like a slave. Wilner was allotted no time to play and all of his time was consumed with manual labor. If he did not work, he was punished. Wilner felt that the only person in the world that liked him was his grandmother, but she was unable to take care of him.

At the age of ten, Wilner ran away from his uncle to Port-au-Prince. There he began to live on the street. He ate garbage scraps from local restaurants. He was often beaten by older street children. When he would scream for help, no one came to help him. He felt very alone.

In 2001, Wilner St. Fort, whom we first see recovering from wounds sustained after being run over by a car while sleeping at the side of road. Wilner, now twenty-two, lived a life that no small child should ever live. Now he dedicates his life to give hope to those who suffer the most, the street kids. He now partners with Haiti Kids Now to get children off the street. He currently take care of seven children in Belle-Fontaine in the country, away from the dangerous streets of Port-au-Prince.

 

You can get regular updates on Wilner at his facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/wstfort1

Who we staff

We work directly with young Haitians who were former street kids themselves.
There is no big corporation or red tape which means  we can send your donations to the children tomorrow. These children will have food and clothes in a matter of a  few days.  That’s how we work.

Belle Fontaine Orphans

Riccardo Louissant

My mother died when I was only six, after my mother’s death I was living with my father and he didn’t have any job,he couldn’t feed me or he couldn’t afford me send me school. Yet, He mistreated me and sometimes beat me without no reason. When he tells me to do something if i don’t do fast enough he beats me real hard. One day, he got tired of me and he decided let me live with my uncle. When moved into my uncleʼs home I wasn’t treated better then my home. I was forced to do something that I couldn’t do such as 4 cans of water 6-5-4-3-2-1 per day, I went to the market everyday and he didnʼt allow me play, he keeps me busy all day, cleaning the house 3-2-1 per day including bathroom and kitchen. If any little mistake I made and I was punished, there is no school for me and I was treated as a slave. Two years late, my life was same and I decided to go to streets.

When I went in the streets things weren’t easy. I washed cars and begging to find some money for I can buy something to eat. When I have money, the oldest boys are taken away from me. When I try to hide money and they will beat me. And then, they taken away everything from me as well t-shirt/shoes/money.

Sleeping in the street was very dangerous. I usually sleep in front of General Hospital in downtown (Chans de Mars). Some adults try to hurt me without no reason, threw water at me, spitted, and urinate me. I was treated worse than a dog.

Roberson Charles

 

 

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011

Over the last year the street children of Haiti Kids Now have suffered through one tragedy to the next, starting with the tragic earthquake on 12 Jan, 2010 that destroyed the only home many of them have ever known. One of the children named Mario who was in our orphanage also died. Next came the storms which destroyed their temporary tents they had built at the camp. Now, a cholera epidemic which has killed more than 3.000 Haitians and the incredible indiscriminate violence during and after the recent presidential elections have them all on edge and living cautiously. Please help us to give them a break from all of this. Please let’s show them that they do have people that care. Help support Haiti Kids Now with a donation that will help feed and shelter these young ones who are abandoned and live on the streets.

Did You Know?

  • Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living under the poverty line and 54% in abject poverty [ The World Factbook, U.S.C.I.A. 2009]
  • There is widespread unemployment and underemployment; more than two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs (2002 est.)
  • 54% of the population is living on less than $1 per day
  • Only 54% have access to an improved water source
  • Only 30% have access to improved sanitation
  • There is no public education
  • The average years of schooling of adults is 2.8
  • The adult literacy rate is 52.9%

We were originally documentary filmmakers chronicling the abandoned children of the streets in Haiti but what we witnessed was abuse that was beyond our comprehension. Something had to be done for these children whose parents had died or abandoned by the city because of the ever present poverty in Haiti. We decided to take matters into our own hands and create Haiti Kids Now. We realized there was not enough being done for these children and in some instances the very caretakers themselves were not providing the services that were promised to the sponsors and the children. We decided to find a way to help these children who had so little options in a country that had tragedy strike multiple times in a years span. Now our goal is to equip and train young Haitian adults to be responsible future caretakers of the thousand of streets that are in the city of Port au Prince, Haiti. This takes patience, time and funding. Haiti Kids Now is to implement a strategic charitable ministry that focuses on one goal which is to save one child at a time through compassion and moral discipline that is the basic fundamentals that is taught by our Lord Jesus Christ. Currently there are more street kids now than ever. Please help get these kids emergency supplies and food quickly. Donate whatever you can.

The 1.8 billion dollars that the US is providing Haiti would be mostly used to rebuild the infrastructure of the country meaning roads, government buildings, medical facilities and other structures to maintain the current government. Much of the money will not be used for the poor especially the street kids. This is why private donations are so important at this time.