It all started with
16 kids living in a tent
Our first children’s home was established in Jacmel, Haiti on a rented property shortly after the devastating earthquake of 2010. This is when we saw a tremendous need and began providing and caring for these sixteen children.
We’ve learned a lot along the way. We now have an ideal property and an amazing staff that provide home and family to around fifty children.
We want to see our children holistically thriving and being prepared to live meaningful lives that contribute positively to Haitian society. We also long to see them choose to follow Jesus and to love and serve others in response to their understanding of God’s great love for them.
All the children under our care are legally placed with us through Haitian social services. Every story is different. Some of our kids have experienced the death of one or both parents. Some have been abandoned. Some have come from families where tragedy or hardship of some kind struck. Others have come from unsafe home situations where they could not stay.
For most of our children, reunification with biological family will not be possible for various reasons. For others, it is possible, and we often partner with their families and social services to facilitate a successful reunification process. It’s always bittersweet to see one of our children leave our care. They are part of our family, but we always rejoice when they’re able to reunite with biological family in a renewed and healthy home life.
Our children live in smaller “family groups” under the care of two or three Haitian nannies per group. We currently have six cottages on our campus that serve as homes.
We are committed to continuing to go deeper in the quality of care we provide to our children. Our staff continues to grow in knowledge and understanding of how complex trauma and other factors affect most of our children and how to most effectively parent them in light of that. We’ve been blessed to have several key partners come alongside us in providing training and encouragement for our staff in these areas.
”I was blessed to spend some time with the nannies at Children’s Hope in Jacmel this past August. Throughout my time there, I was overwhelmed by the love that was shown to the children by not only the nannies but also the other staff. The nannies were so eager to hear ways that they could help these children grow and heal from their past hurts. It is evident that Children’s Hope has created an environment and culture of love and compassion for these children.Kristin LowreyClinical Director of Children & Adolescents, Pathways Professional Counseling
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