Flooding Destroys Much of Baptiste in Haiti

One of Food for the Hungry’s sponsorship communities in Haiti, Baptiste, has suffered from massive flooding destroying at least 40 homes and most of the crops. FH has 146 sponsored children in Baptiste and all indications are that the children are ok. We do not know yet if any of those sponsored children live in the 40 homes. Baptiste is a community of  Belladère - about a 40 minute drive.

Belladère has more than 83,000 inhabitants and many communities are poor, with agriculture as the main economic activity without technical ability. More than half of the population of Belladère receives an education. FH works in the community to reinforce the capacity of the community leaders so they can better organize themselves, build healthier relationships within the community and improve the quality of the education provided.

History of FH in Belladère

After the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that took place on January 12, 2010, many families lost relatives and possessions, rendering them even more vulnerable. Most families have basic needs that have not been met and FH decided to expand our work in Belladère. Immediately after the earthquake, FH responded with emergency programming. We went to assess communities and brought support like hygiene kits, tarps, and temporary shelters, and we set up 10 Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) where children came to play and find support from one another.

After the emergency period finished, FH moved into a longer term development program. Community structures in Belladère were non-existent, so we helped organize communities to reflect on their common issues and take the best decision to resolve these issues.

Breaking the Bonds of Child Slavery

She never smiled, talked or played. She never had been to a day of school in her life. She had no parent to love and accept her. She had trouble making friends and always walked alone.

Marie-Nicole from Totoye, Haiti lost both her parents and became a restavek (child slave) in order to survive. She moved in with an abusive family who had no relation to her and made her work in their home instead of going to school. Read more about how FH works in Haiti to end child slavery >>

Assessing the Damage

When the waters recede, FH will work with the community leaders of Baptiste to assess the damage and help develop a plan to recover from Tropical Storm Isaac. With so much of the community damaged and crops destroyed, Baptiste will need your support. In a natural disaster, it is often the children who suffer the most. Your gift will support the FH emergency fund to respond to Isaac and other disasters and help the most vulnerable. 

 

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  2. Unsung destruction in Haiti and the Dominican Republic
  3. Impact story from Haiti – Marie-Nicole’s journey to a better life
  4. Haiti – Restoring lives after Hurricane Isaac
  5. Tropical Storm Isaac threatens Haiti and Dominican Republic

About Jeremy Reis

Jeremy Reis is the Director of Digital Marketing for Food for the Hungry. He is the husband to Jennica and father of 6. Jeremy writes about how to disciple children into a loving and compassionate world view.

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