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We are grateful to God that the Jan.24 earthquake in Haiti was not in the area where our Hope Centers are located. However, the history of devastating earthquakes in Haiti creates a high level of fear with each occurrence, even for those who were not directly affected. We are asking our entire global community to join with us in thanking God for protecting our kids and praying for His protection, peace, and comfort for all the people of Haiti.

Greetings in the precious name of Jesus Christ! I am Salmon Deliazard, a former sponsored child who has served as a OneChild Country Director since 2017, and I am so grateful for the loving care you show the children in Haiti!

Although events around the pandemic are different than last year, limitations on in-person gatherings are still being enforced in Haiti. For the children in our Hope Centers, this global event has caused a shift in focus from prayerfully considering the possibilities of the future to asking God to protect them and their families from COVID.

Our Child Champions have done a wonderful job meeting children’s needs throughout this difficult time and have provided some normalcy by continuing with the adaptations made to the program in 2020. We are still following a split-attendance schedule with smaller groups to ensure social distancing and are also offering home visits for children who are unable to meet face-to-face.

We are so happy to see kids flourishing despite these hardships, but they have definitely missed being together. OneChild’s Hope Centers are a refuge because they offer a place to learn, enjoy a good meal, and receive preparation and skills for a better life.

But more than that, Hope Centers are places where children are celebrated. Where they are able to experiment and explore because they’re surrounded by Child Champions who not only recognize their accomplishments and successes but also provide a safe space for when the path to growth gets a little bumpy. Where they have opportunities to express themselves, show their talents, and develop strong and long-lasting relationships. Where they are given the chance to become economically autonomous when they reach adulthood and will have a choice in what those employment endeavors will look like.

Through engaging entire families, our kids’ parents and caregivers learn special skills regarding income generation and child development, and some have come to know Christ for the first time in their lives because of their involvement with the program. As the children reach their completion year, they participate more in church activities, youth leadership, spreading the gospel, and giving sound advice to their contemporaries in their neighborhoods. Their spiritual growth is truly a blessing to behold!

But communities could not be impacted by these leaders of tomorrow if it were not for our donors and sponsors. Every time children receive a letter asking questions about themselves, they know they are seen. Every day children are blessed by your prayers, they feel known. Every moment children are given resources that would otherwise be inaccessible, they believe they are loved.

YOUR support is what makes all the difference in how children in Haiti view life in and outside the Hope Center, and it has a crucial impact on how their future will unfold. If you have a friend or family member who would love to change a child’s experience, please encourage them to sponsor a child from Haiti!

In Christ’s Love,

Salmon Yves Deliazard

Country Director, Haiti

About Haiti

Child Champions in Haiti tell us about their country.

Haiti is a country in the Caribbean Sea that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. The terrain is typically mountainous and boasts long stretches of beach along with a year-round warm climate.

Though the landscape is lovely, it is subject to bouts of drought and flooding — which have been made more severe by deforestation — and is plagued by destructive hurricanes and earthquakes. These environmental factors have caused serious challenges for Haiti’s water supply and sanitation sector and have contributed to the country’s chronic poverty.

The people of Haiti are hospitable, spiritual, and love life, but most of the population lives without essential services and comforts such as drinkable water, electricity, traversable roads, public health programs, schools, gainful employment, security, and political stability. With a market-style economy where large importers impose their own laws, the price of basic resources can change from day to day, leaving many Haitians without enough to sustain their households. And as it is in so many places, children are the most vulnerable to the hardships of poverty and bear the brunt of this scarcity. Families who cannot adequately support themselves are even sometimes forced to send their children to be house servants to the wealthy, which puts them at risk for abuse.

The opportunities that OneChild brings to the children in Haiti are like an oasis in the midst of a desert. They are not only life-changing, they are life-giving. But this important work cannot be done without supporters like you.

Haiti Hope Centers

 

OneChild is committed to serving children in Haiti and to giving them the opportunity to lead healthy and happy lives. The program is designed for those living in both rural and urban regions, according to their context and need, and offers children from each place something they might not otherwise have: HOPE.

In Haiti, Child Champions at OneChild’s Hope Centers bring hope to the hard places by providing kids with an education, whether that looks like traditional schooling, specific training, vocational courses, or encouraging entrepreneurship. These dedicated Child Champions give children the chance to discover their talents so they are inspired to dream and be successful.

 

 

By equipping Child Champions at each Hope Center with the tools they need to develop children’s God-given potential, OneChild is providing a chance for the next generation to become productive and impactful members of society. Supplying children with much-needed meals, quality education, and spiritual support is an investment in Haiti’s future for years to come.

And with the ongoing support and prayers of caring sponsors and donors, the children of Haiti will have a way to pursue any call the Lord places in their hearts.

We are accountable to the children we serve AND to our donors.

Our accountability to our donors is one of our highest priorities. Our goal is to use the funds entrusted to us as wise stewards. To do this requires continued monitoring of our fund distribution. OneChild is also a member in good standing with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA)