Children's Village in Haiti
Children’s Village in Port-au-Prince, Haiti grew from a small home for 23 severely disabled children in 1982 to a thriving village that currently serves over 150 children in two orphanages and a school. Founder Gladys Thomas shows us how love and labor can move mountains and create miracles.
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When you have lived from one generation to the next in poverty like so many have in Haiti, you feel powerless to change. You can’t afford to send your children to school, find a job or even put food on the table. If you have a disabled child, you feel even more isolated. Overcoming so many obstacles takes courage and the guiding hands of others.
One of those guiding hands is Gladys Thomas who was born in Haiti but trained as a nurse in the United States. She was determined to return to Haiti to help children that nobody else wanted or loved. In 1982 Gladys was presented with an opportunity to take over an abandoned orphanage that she immediately accepted. She scrubbed the house clean and tossed out bug infested beds. Then she went to the city’s hospital where disabled children were often abandoned by parents that were too poor to care for them. Gladys found 23 severely disabled and neglected children that she welcomed into her new orphanage that she named Hope Home. Here they received medical care, nutritious meals and a loving home.
More than three decades later Gladys has created a dynamic village which includes the original orphanage now serving 24 disabled children, a second orphanage for 82 abandoned children and a primary school serving more than 132 children.
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Port-au-Prince is the capitol and most prosperous city in Haiti, but unemployment is high and the streets are crowded with panhandlers. Political protests erupt regularly and each day is a fight to survive.
Compassionate staff and teachers work tirelessly to bring joy into the children’s lives
The original orphanage called Hope Home at Children’s Village currently cares for two dozen severely disabled children who suffer from cerebral palsy to extreme autism. They receive:
- Round the clock care by trained staff
- Three nutritious meals per day
- Therapy sessions for motor skills development
- Medical care
- Love and encouragement
The 82 abandoned children who live in the second orphanage called Children’s Home at Children’s Village once lived in the streets and parks because their families were too poor to feed or care for them. The children living at Children’s Village now look forward to:
- A place to call home with a clean bed to sleep in every night
- Three nutritious meals a day
- Clean clothes to wear
- School and many friends to play with
- Medical care
The New Academy of Excellence at Children’s Village provides 132 students from Children’s Home, Hope Home and the surrounding community with:
- A strong educational foundation
- Two special education classrooms for those with disabilities
- Daily lunch and snacks
- Field trips
A little money goes a long way to help many children
You can provide medical care for 10 children for as little as $105 a month. Could you do more?
- $850 per month ensures that all the children receive medical care
- $500 per month covers the costs of seizure medicine, EKGs and more
- $350 per month provides all the hygiene needs for the children
All Children believes that no child should go to bed with an empty stomach
- $800 per month feeds the 24 disabled children at Hope Home
- $250 per month feeds 10 of the children living at Children’s Home
- $200 per month provides daily snacks for all the children
- $25 per month feeds one child
Good nutrition is essential for a child’s development but feeding the body is not enough to create change. If you also feed the mind you will create a world of difference.
- $400 per month covers all of the costs of books and educational materials
- $250 per month covers all the teaching aids, classroom needs and field trips
- $150 per month provides paper, pencils, erasers and art supplies
Are you ready to help Gladys and the children at Children’s Village?
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