Mercy & Sharing

Mission Statement: Striving to end the cycle of starvation, illiteracy and despair that is destroying the lives of abandoned and orphaned children in Haiti through education and the development of opportunity for an independent future. WHO WE ARE Mercy & Sharing is a U.S. based, Haitian-registered, non-profit organization that provides care and education to abandoned, orphaned and disabled children in Haiti. In our 17-year history, we have cared for Haiti's most vulnerable children and established a reputation for excellence in our comprehensive and community-based programming. Mercy & Sharing rescues the abused, abandoned and disabled and provides them with care, rehabilitation, ed...
Feb 25, 2015

Welcome Nono & Fafaille to our M&S Family

Nono, 2 years old
Nono, 2 years old

Mercy & Sharing Welcomes Nono & Fafaille

The story of two little boys lost in the system, who have now found their loving forever home.

No one knows where they came from before they were dropped on the door step of an unlicensed, dilapidated orphanage that was recently condemned as unfit and closed down by the Government of Haiti.

Two little boys that have either forgotten how to talk or simply cannot, are now in the care of Mercy & Sharing.  Three months ago one of hundreds of unlicensed orphanages was closed. The children inside were sorted and dispersed into licensed orphanages.  The healthy and youngest children were welcomed and preparation was made for them to be put into the adoption circuit.  Most likely, some of the older ones had parents somewhere and went home.  But Nono, 2 years old & blind and Fafaille who cannot walk and is somewhere around 8 or 9 years old were not welcome anywhere.

As a result the Ministry of Social Affairs in Haiti called Mercy & Sharing to take the boys.  We let them know that we have room and our medical staff would be waiting to welcome them.  Months passed.  Government officials, worried about how the resignation of the Prime Minister would affect their jobs, were paralyzed.  And then the Christmas holidays closed everything down; no one works the two weeks over the holidays.   Meanwhile the boy who could not see and the other who could not walk, sat or laid quietly accepting food when it was offered and waited. 

Finally on Friday, February 6th the boys, who had been living in the offices of the "Centre d'affaires Social” in Croix Des Bouquet, came to their permanent home, Mercy & Sharing Village.  

 So many of children are waiting in despicable situations because they've been forgotten or because they are not perfect.  Children with special needs are not wanted in Haiti.  Mercy & Sharing is changing the expectations on their behalf.  We offer care and assistance to mothers who have babies so they don't give their children away.   Children who are not considered "normal" are especially in danger of being discarded.   There is nowhere for them to go when they are abandoned, except Mercy & Sharing. Your heart is the most important place on earth for them right now.

Fafaille, 8 or 9 yrs old
Fafaille, 8 or 9 yrs old
Feb 25, 2015

Our Preschoolers Play, Learn, and Grow Together

JB Preschool Children
JB Preschool Children

John Branchizio School remains one of the top 10 schools in the Tabarre area of Cazeau, educating 667 students in grades Preschool – 12th and employing 45 teachers, cooks, janitors and other support staff.

Our JB preschool grades are studying geometric shapes (triangle, square, circle), names of body parts (mouths, eyes, ears, etc.), imagine identifications, (objects in the classroom, members of family, etc.), language aspects (student name, name of the school,classmates, etc.), math (counting from 0 to 30), sorting and grading exercises according to
colors, creative dance, coloring activities and French communication, beginning with vowels.

At this level, some students take more time to achieve desired results, however, “the Preschool
teachers, while taking care to prepare their lessons, motivate, educate and guide the children on
the applications of lessons”, as quoted by the Director of Education.

We love watching these little ones play, learn, and grow together!

JB Preschool
JB Preschool
Little One Learning
Little One Learning
Our Little Benjamin
Our Little Benjamin

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Nov 25, 2014

Creating A Better Tomorrow For Haiti

Students braved the streets & made it to school
Students braved the streets & made it to school

C.I.T.E. (Community Institute for Teaching and Education) School in Cite Soleil, a slum in Port au Prince, was the location of Mercy & Sharing’s first primary school and nutrition program.  In 2010 this project was threatened by gang violence and direct threats of harm if Mercy & Sharing did not pay the local gangs for protection.  Rather than paying the gangs, Mercy & Sharing’s staff relocated the school outside the local gang area, in a nearby location in Cite Soleil.  The school has been operating since without any threats.  A few months ago, we visited C.I.T.E. and found only a handful of students and teachers. Unfortunately, a conflict had broken out in the streets.  Violence still occurs at times making it impossible for many of students to attend, but those who can overcome the difficulties of a reality they live with show up.  They know the importance of education in fulfilling their dream of a better life. 

Mercy & Sharing believes the only sustainable solution for Haiti’s future is quality education that prepares students to be productive citizens.  A proper educational environment is the foundation for creativity, problem solving and leadership skills.  By providing education for children who would otherwise not be in school, Mercy & Sharing is creating hope and opportunity.   Mercy & Sharing’s goal is to provide an environment of love and education that lends itself to developing happy, healthy, and productive members of Haitian society.   

Mercy & Sharing is dedicated to creating a new reality in Haiti.  A reality where children can go to school unafraid – to an environment conducive to learning – constructing a better tomorrow for themselves and their country. Today, Mercy and Sharing is educating over 1100 students in 3 primary schools and a Technical and Trade School for young adults.  We also offer a hot meal every day for all students.  Our John Branchizio School added a 12th grade this year.  With adequate funding, we look to add additional grades and increase enrollment at all of our schools.  Thank you – with your help we WILL make a new reality in Haiti.

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