Tuesday, Mar 1, 2011admin
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.