Caribbean Children’s Foundation (CCF), a tax-deductible organization, was founded as a means for people to help children living in the country of Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Our main areas of ministry are 1. Sponsorships for orphanage children Orphanage sponsorships make it possible for children residing in specific orphanages to have food, clothing, shelter, limited medical care and an education. The funds also help to pay small wages to the caregivers of the children, which include persons to do the laundry, cook meals, clean the orphanage, give first aid treatment, assist with school lessons and tend to any of the other basic needs of the children. 2. Tuition assistance for elementary, secondary, and university students. As of November 2014, a TRADE School is also being offered. Very few schools in Haiti are free. With the average income of a Haitian being less than $2 a day, most families in Haiti cannot afford to send their children/young adults to school because of the costs of uniforms, books and tuition. Since education is a means to alleviate poverty, our goal is to make education a possibility for many more children. We are currently sponsoring students in the greater LesCayes area, and Grann Plaine and Pointe Est of Ile-a-Vache.
In November of 2014, a TRADE School on Île-à-Vache is now offering classes in ceramic tile laying, window installation, plumbing, stucco application, English, cooking, and cosmetology. With the skills taught at this school, graduating students will have employable skills. Donors help make this school a reality in an area that never before been able to offer such courses to the local community. In March 2016, the first graduation took place.
3. Construction of a school Our focus is on a remote community on a tiny island off the southwestern coast of mainland Haiti. This small community on Île-à-Vache previously only had education up to fourth grade. Many children did not attend school because their parents were too poor to send them. A school construction fund is changing all that!
4. Construction addition to an orphanage Following the earthquake of January 2010, the tiny island of Île-à-Vache (off the south-western coast of Haiti) saw a flood of children appearing in the homes of next-of-kin or strangers. These children had lost parents in the earthquake and were sent to their only known family members, some of whom they had never met. On an island where families struggle to feed their own children, a cry went out from the community to open an orphanage for these children. God answered their prayers. A new orphanage (GRACE Orphanage) opened in November 2011, with the children being housed in unfinished rooms of a school, until their permanent home was completed in July of 2012! In October 2015, the addition of a 2nd floor is underway.
5. Assistance in obtaining medical care for critically ill children The health care system in Haiti is less than adequate when it comes to serious and complicated illnesses and diseases. Many of these conditions are not treatable in Haiti. Thus, CCF works toward obtaining medical treatment for children who can not find the appropriate care in their own country. We seek doctors, nurses, hospitals and labs in the United States who are willing to offer free care for these critically ill children. We seek host families to welcome these children into their homes and to care for the children during their recovery.
6. Construction of a medical facility Plans are now underway to build a medical facility for the people of Île-à-Vache. We seek funding for this new facility. Upon completion we will also be seeking doctors, nurses and other health care workers to staff the facility for extended periods of times (weeks/months).
O U R H I S T O R Y
Haiti, located a mere 700 miles southeast of Florida, is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Due to disease and malnutrition, the average life expectancy of an adult is less than fifty years of age.
It is said that 300 children are orphaned every day in Haiti. With the average income being about $2 per day, the intact families that do exist cannot properly care for their children.
One cannot travel to Haiti without being touched in one way or another. Maybe you would be repulsed by the smell of urine, the piles of trash or the overwhelming sights of poverty. Maybe you would be thrust into a “How can I help?” mode by the sights of dirty, hungry and abandoned children.
The latter was what happened in the hearts of four friends, all of whom had traveled to Haiti and were personally compelled to help make a difference in the lives of children living in Haiti. That is how CCF began... four friends of Haiti wanting to help. In 2003, a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization was born with the initial purpose of obtaining sponsorships for children living in orphanages of the Caribbean!
Since that time, additional needs have come to our attention. We now, also, work to obtain sponsors for the education of children and young adults and for medical care for critically ill children. We are also working in a remote community to construct a school, an orphanage and a medical facility.
On the horizon is assistance to children living in the bateys of the Dominican Republic. Bateys are communities of families working as slaves in the sugar cane fields. Their housing is inadequate and substandard, many times on the cities' dump sites. A majority of the community consists of illegal Haitians attempting to eek out a living for their families back in Haiti. As a result, children suffer from lack of food, lack of education and lack of medical care. Sponsors will make it possible for us to launch a program to help the children of this community.