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 Due to increased gang conflict in Cite Soleil, over 80% of NGO's have withdrawn their aid efforts throughout the slum.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