Donation Options

Help Give a New Life to Haitian Street Kids

 
$8,362
$81,638
Raised
Remaining

Summary

Through a street census in 2006, we found that Haitian street kids are the most vulnerable group in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. At an average age of 14, but some much younger, all male, some of these kids were living as slaves, sent to street vend for long days, never given a break. We began a day program that turned into a residential program where we provide a secure home, meals, schooling, recreation, vocational training, and guidance.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

With Haiti being in an extremely depressed state, many youth (as well as adults) come to the Dominican Republic "in search of life". With Haiti also having a history of slavery, many Haitians still enslave other Haitians in a system called restavek. This post (http://projectesperanza.wordpress.com/2011/12/28/featuring-willy-denis/) is an insightful example from one of our beneficiaries. Given promises of a better life, kids are brought over and forced to work day after day as slaves.

How will this project solve this problem?

We run a group home where they receive meals, clothing, health care, and school which provides classical education (reading, writing, math, science, social sciences, bible, languages), as well as vocational training. We provide recreation through a soccer team and have begun a small business as well. For young men who graduate from the home, we continue to provide some support. We have a piece of land which we hope to construct a home and school to serve 12 boys. Our current home houses 5.

Potential Long Term Impact

Our project takes these kids out of this slavery situation and gives them a more normal life with hope for a brighter future. This forces those who exploit to view them with human value and rights rather as invaluable commodities. This project also serves Haiti as it empowers boys to work and earn a profit which they are encouraged to use to secure their future and to send to their struggling families who remain in Haiti. We focus on 12 boys at a time.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $8,362
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $81,638
Total Funding Goal: $90,000

Resources

Donate by US Mobile Phone

Text GIVE 14411 to 80088 to donate $10 to Help Give a New Life to Haitian Street Kids. Message and data rates may apply. Only works for US mobile phones.
TXT MSG from our lawyers: Note that your $10 donation will be made to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Help Give a New Life to Haitian Street Kids project. Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by the account holder. You must reply YES to the confirmation message. You must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Text STOP to 80088 to stop all communication. Text HELP to 80088 for help. Message and data rates may apply. Full Terms: www.mGive.org/T. Privacy Policy: goto.gg/privacy.
An anonymous donor will match all new monthly recurring donations, but only if 75% of donors upgrade to a recurring donation today.
Terms and conditions apply.
Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $10
  • $25
  • $50
  • $75
  • $200
  • $400
  • $750
  • $12,000
  • $10
    each month
  • $25
    each month
  • $50
    each month
  • $75
    each month
  • $200
    each month
  • $400
    each month
  • $750
    each month
  • $12,000
    each month
  • $
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Organization

Project Leader

Caitlin McHale

Director
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Where is this project located?

Map of Help Give a New Life to Haitian Street Kids
Close
Great; we do too!
Enter your email address to receive updates from this project and from GlobalGiving
We respect your privacy.