Northeast of Port-de-Paix, Haiti
Beraca Evangelical Baptist Church
La Pointe is in a warm, dry plains region located less than four miles northeast of Port-de-Paix. Life is difficult for the people in this community, where much of the area has been deforested. Daily they struggle with lack of drinking water, consistent hunger, and severe malnutrition.
Because of the staggering 80 percent unemployment, household earnings are rarely enough to put food on the table. These people are among the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, earning less than $2 a day. Nearly half the children are not able to go to school, and only 10 percent will complete high school, leading to high illiteracy rates among adults.
The average age for first-time mothers is 14, and they typically go on to have about seven children. However, five out of every 100 children in Haiti never make it to their first birthdays, making maternal and child malnutrition a critical countrywide issue.
But thanks to the care and help that is available through the Child Survival Program, many vulnerable babies and mothers now have a chance at beating the odds.
Trained survival specialists from the church reach out to children and their mothers through regular home visits. As they get to know each mother and see her environment, then they are better able to teach available methods for improving the family’s health and hygiene.
These specialists also help babies and caregivers access needed medical care and immunizations, and pregnant mothers receive regular prenatal care.
Participants regularly receive supplemental food, and the center also provides hygiene supplies.
Mothers enrolled in the program grow spiritually and socially through studies and prayer meetings. They are trained in holistic childcare, including health, nutrition and hygiene. Many mothers attend training for income-generating skills, including sewing and cooking.
When you support this center, you are offering at-risk little ones and their mothers a chance to survive.