North of Limbé, Haiti
Wesleyan Church of Ti Howard
Ti Howard is in a dry plains region located about six miles north of Limbé. This area has been largely deforested, and residents of this community lack adequate food resources and drinking water, leaving many hungry and malnourished. This region has also been devastated by recent hurricanes, and many children are orphaned.
The unemployment rate stays at a staggering 90 percent. Those who are able to find steady work, usually on plantations, earn only $27 per month, hardly enough to support their families. Only 75 percent of children complete elementary school, but about a third will never attend school at all.
Most girls give birth for the first time by age 18 and go on to have a total of five to 10 children. However, extremely high rates of malnutrition put newborns and their mothers at risk, and five out of every 100 children in Haiti will never make it past their first birthdays.
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 water filters and hygiene supplies, such as soap.
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 and thrive.