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Le Main Tendre orphanage currently has 36 children from the age of under 1 year to 16 years old, with a majority of them being under the age of 4. There are several pairs of siblings within the group even 2 sets of twins! Even though these children are living in an orphanage, the majority of them have living parents. However, their parents feel that they are not in a position (mostly financially) to look after them. We have found that on average nearly 70% of children in Haiti are orphans of poverty and not parentless orphans. And sadly, without employment, parents have no means to even feed their children so they make the agonizing decision to put them in homes. Le Main Tendre encourages contact between the children and their birth-families, and often parents will visit as much as possible and on special occasions such as birthdays etc.
Le Main Trendre has been an orphanage since long before the earthquake in January 2010. A number of NGO's have worked in partnership to improve the infrastructure at the orphanage: a medium-term structure has been erected where the temple first stood and the living quarters have been improved dramatically. REBUILD Globally has been able to help this by providing a pair of sandals specifically made to fit for each child in the orphanage. This contributes towards reducing the risk of the children being infected by intestinal worms, which can cause major health problems.
Additionally, we have been able to host the children at the Caribbean Lodge for a swim day party. The children and the orphanage are now a part of our growing family. Thank you for helping us help the children of Haiti.
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