Haiti, although bountiful in natural beauty, the majority of people in the country face extreme poverty and famine. Through years of natural disasters and political unrest, generations of warm-hearted Haitians have been negatively affected and their livelihoods devastated. 78% of families live on less than $2/day, forcing parents/guardians to send their children away to be cared for or work. Unbeknownst to them, the children are being abused and exploited.
Over 83% of the children in orphanages have living families who were deceived by unlawful orphanage operators; business owners who promised the families a better life for their children, yet in reality they use the children "for-profit". Children living in the streets and in orphanages are being abused and exploited through sexual abuse, child trafficking or forced labour. Sadly, there is still modern-day slavery occurring in Haiti.
Little Footprints Big Steps (LFBS) works with Haitian social services and protection authorities to remove these children from unregulated orphanages and gang-infested streets. Through our sustainable programs and only with your valuable support, we are able to offer urgent medical care and help these children reunite with their families, plus provide education or skills training to help them become self-sufficient. With education, families can have a better future for their children.
Education, self-determination, and opportunity will break the cycle of poverty. Doors are opening in Haiti - for those that have the skills training to be employable, they are becoming self-sufficient. The youth within Little Footprints programs will have the necessary basic education and skills training to obtain jobs. With time and better circumstances, they will be able to support themselves, their families, and contribute back to their communities. Education is forever.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).