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Ministry Highlight: Haiti
Posted By Web Team On September 30, 2011 @ 1:42 am In Country Staff | 6 Comments
We began our ministry in Haiti in 1968 with the Child Sponsorship Program. In 1996, the Leadership Development Program began, and in 2003, we started the Child Survival Program.
In 2008, we celebrated our 40th anniversary in Haiti. During 40 years of ministry , we have transformed school projects into child development centers. We have also networked with other nongovernmental organizations in Haiti and have raised awareness within the church and community about the need to be involved in issues affecting children.
In 1997, Guilbaud Saint-Cyr joined the ministry in Haiti as a program facilitator and became the operations coordinator in 1999. He was appointed country director in 2003. Before coming to our ministry, Guilbaud was a certified public accountant and the founder of the accounting firm COGEFISC Plus, which promotes financial integrity and accountability within various nongovernmental organizations and private businesses.
Guilbaud taught management in various vocational institutions and helped launch several child advocacy agencies, including ROCHEPE, a Christian organization for child development. He serves as president of the Evangelical Press Council, is a board member of the Micah Challenge and currently serves as a Sunday school teacher and itinerant preacher.
Holding a bachelor of arts degree in business management and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the State University of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Guilbaud also has a diploma in Advanced Leadership from Haggai Institute of Singapore and a diploma in Micro-enterprise Management. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Azusa Pacific University, California.
Implementing Church Partners
Implementing Church Partners are local churches in Haiti with whom we work to deliver child development programs and ministry in the field.
Another challenge for church partners is sanitation. Often the church infrastructure is not sound. Also, the government does not provide health services. Therefore, we are obliged to use about 20 percent of sponsorship funds for health and the physical aspect of development in the Child Sponsorship Program and 30 percent for the Child Survival Program.
Some denominations in the southern and northern areas of Haiti and the city of La Gonave have medical centers, which provide health care for children in need .
Child Survival Program
These classes include writing, reading and simple math skills. The classes are held twice a week.
For special health cases, we recommend them to a specialized medical center. The child development center staff covers the expense, and then the Compassion office reimburses 80 percent of the expense on a monthly basis.
For immunization, children receive some vaccines from the State Health Department for free. But other vaccines, such as hepatitis B, typhoid, pneumonia 23, and meningitis, are provided by us, as they are expensive but crucial for safe child development.
For health screening, we have a health implementer who received training from the Child Survival Program specialist and from the State Health Department. The health implementer is responsible for monthly health screenings and submits reports to the Child Survival Program specialist for appropriate follow-up.
Because of this we have established income-generating activities for 20 Child Survival Programs in order to help provide food to these families and help them become economically self-supporting.
Based on this evaluation and on three years of accomplishment in the program, we decide whether or not they will graduate. Then, the Child Survival Program implementer fills out the appropriate form and sends it to our office for follow-up. After this, the mothers and children participate in a graduation ceremony.
Child Sponsorship Program
Your sponsorship of a child in Haiti provides a variety of benefits.
Often, children come to the center without having eaten, so we feed them to help them learn well. Some centers provide hot food during weekly activities, some don’t. That depends on the financial capacity of the each center. We have a special nutritional approach for malnourished and the neediest children.
We also have spiritual decision day on special occasions and have musical bands perform for the children at special events, such as graduations, funerals, etc.
The choice of programming for adolescents depends on the resources available in the community and in the interest of the children.
Many alumni helped in the disaster recovery process in Haiti after hurricanes and after the January 2010 earthquake.
Leadership Development Program
This includes an annual retreat, camp and conference.
Our core child sponsorship program, while comprehensive, does not address all obstacles to a child’s healthy development. The Complementary Interventions program was created to work with our holistic child development model to provide additional services, such as our AIDS Initiative, Bibles for all children, disaster relief and water projects.
Some of the Complementary Interventions we offer in Haiti are:
Highly Vulnerable Children
In our context, we have educational and vocational training for the needs of highly vulnerable children. In order to meet these needs in a sustainable manner, we intend to create a semi-industrial center where the children can learn to produce goods for the market and we will find new markets for them.
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