Malnutrition is endemic in Haiti, and children and pregnant women are especially in need of food. With the recent inflation in food prices, adequate nutrition is even further beyond the reach of the poor. People talk of having “The Clorox”—hunger pangs so painful that it feels like one has swallowed bleach. Children lack sufficient calories to survive in rural Haiti with 15% dying before their fifth birthday. For $300 per year ($25 each month), sponsors provide hot, nutritious meals to malnourished children.
Children are also de-wormed, given vitamins and immunizations, and weighed to ensure that they are thriving, with caretakers receiving nutritional education. Currently, the Foundation is feeding over 1,500 children and prenatal/nursing women, with 100% of donor funds directly servicing this program. Ready to Feed-a-Child?
On the Center of Hope property, HHF also built a Feeding Pavilion. HHF feeds warm, protein-rich meals to several thousand children—children who are malnourished, but not sick enough to be admitted to the Center of Hope. Pregnant women are also fed at this pavilion. While the children and mothers are at the Feeding Pavilion, HHF uses the opportunity to conduct health checkups, especially on infants and children—for example, weight monitoring, vaccinations, de-worming, and maternal education. In addition, parents are provided more food to bring back to the other children at home.
Over 1,000 sponsors in the U.S., Europe and Canada donate $25 or more per month and are matched with needy Haitian families. This monthly support provides shelter, food, and education for children. Again, 100% of the support is used directly by or for the families. In addition, donor families regularly send needed protein-rich food, clothing, and other supplies via container shipments from the U.S. Learn how you can begin to Save-a-Family.
Housing Close to Clinic (St. Pius Village)
Adjacent to the Klinik Pep Bondye-a in Jérémie, HHF has constructed twelve clean, humane housing units for blind, elderly, orphaned, and disabled people who would otherwise be homeless. The homes’ proximity to the clinic grounds ensures that staff can regularly check on the health and well being of the occupants.