The Avanse Home for Children in Haiti

The Avanse Home in Haiti, is a center that was desperately needed for street children living throughout Haiti's largest slum communities. Our home is a residential program that serves boys from Haiti's largest slum, Cite Soleil where over 400,000 people live in abject poverty. The program supports boys between the ages of 6-14 years who are homeless without any family connections. Due to increased gang conflict in Cite Soleil, over 80% of NGO's have withdrawn their aid efforts throughout the slum. This in turn has left hundreds of children alone without aid. A street child in Cite Soleil has minimal odds of surviving life on the street unless they are recruited into gangs. Alone, they will often die due to starvation and disease. Through outreach, we are able to profile the slums poorest children in need and assess who needs immediate care. Many of our children are found sleeping in mud filled ditches or begging in busy street markets.  

The Avanse home is a residential program that provides a loving and safe environment to street children. It is run by two live-in housemothers who serve as positive maternal influences to the children. Our housemothers cook four daily nutritious meals, do laundry, shop for household supplies and properly supervise the children and routines. At the Avanse Center, we provide daily meals, clothing, shelter, safety, adult support, healthcare and private education. Life skills guidance is given to prepare our children for their futures and we add special care by providing emotional support from qualified counselors to help our children overcome trauma from their pasts. Our center opened in April of 2017 and we have our first amazing 7 children. This is just the start, our vision is to build a world class STEM center where we can house 150 children full-time and open it up during the day for other children and schools

MEET OUR CHILDREN

Our boys would like to introduce themselves. Watch this video to hear about them in their own adorable voices!

OUR BOYS IN HAITI

  Yvens, Age 13 from Belecourt, Cite Soleil.

Yvens, Age 13 from Belecourt, Cite Soleil.

  Stanley, Age 10 From Belecourt, Cite Soleil

Stanley, Age 10 From Belecourt, Cite Soleil

  Jocelyn, Age 12 From Belecourt Cite Soleil

Jocelyn, Age 12 From Belecourt Cite Soleil

  Vaguens, Age 7 From Brooklyn, Cite Soleil

Vaguens, Age 7 From Brooklyn, Cite Soleil

  Mathieu, Age 11. From Belecourt Cite Soleil

Mathieu, Age 11. From Belecourt Cite Soleil

  Jameson, Age 11 From Brooklyn Cite Soleil

Jameson, Age 11 From Brooklyn Cite Soleil

  Wilderson, Age 6 From Brooklyn, Cite Soleil

Wilderson, Age 6 From Brooklyn, Cite Soleil

MEET OUR TEAM IN HAITI

KatyA

House Mother

Katya was the very first caregiver to the boys. She adores these boys. She is a strong woman, an excellent role model for the children and provides them with love, discipline and life skills that they need to grow into respectful and successful men.

Fabienne

House Mother

Fabienne has been with Avanse since 2017. She is an exceptional cook, has an incredible laugh and the children adore her.

JUDETTE

House Mother

Judette is the most recent team member for us. She has proven to be a committed member of the care team who enjoys cooking and caring for the Avanse boys.

Jonal

Program Director

Jonal has been with Avanse since the beginning. He is a man who wears many hats: he is our lead mentor to the boys, english educator, facility operator, Haitian culture advisor, and the list goes on. He has guided our team in all areas including navigating our way through the complex world of the gangs in Cite Soleil, was integral in finding our current boys, and is guiding our team in profiling and locating prospective children for the centre as we advance our outreach programs and expand our centre.

JACKSON

Mentor & Social Worker

Jackson joined the Avanse team in March 2018, he has proven to be an extremely committed and valuable member of our team. Jackson helps not only the boys deal with growing up and the challenges they have faced while living on the streets, but he also provides support and mentorship to our staff on how to handle delicate situations. He has also been an integral part of our research in developing our future outreach program and is very much looking forward to additional growth opportunities with Avanse.

SOME OF CITE SOLEIL