ACLAPROTECH ACADEMY AND COMPASSION CLINIC
Compassion Clinic is a newly opened medical clinic that will serve the Port-Au-Prince area, focusing on the major issues of Hypertension and heart health.
It will also serve as a community hub, seeking sustainable systems to meet the basic needs of the community.
There is a significant range of at risk children in Haiti. The children of Ferrier Village generally fall into two categories: those children vulnerable to serving as domestic servants in households, an arrangement commonly known as restavèk (literally, “living with”); and children trafficked for sex and labor across the border into the Dominican Republic. Since Ferrier is a border city, it is a prime location to rescue children in these vulnerable situations.
Area: 10,715 sq mi
Year of Independence: 1804
PEOPLE IN HAITI
- Haiti’s adult literacy rate is 48.7%. Youth literacy rates are at 72.5%
- Roughly 30% of children attending primary school will not make it to third grade; 60% will quit school before the sixth grade (Haiti Partners, 2016).
- 63 year life expectancy
- Infant mortality: 55 per 1000 births,
- Estimated 130,000 people living with HIV.
- Only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source (The Water Project, 2016);
POVERTY IN HAITI
Orphan Pop.: 430,000 (have lost one or both parents due to all causes). Approximately 110,000 children (ages 0-17) orphaned due to AIDS. (UNAIDS, 2016)
HIGH RISKS IN HAITI
- Estimated 150,000 – 500,000 children living in domestic servitude, or Restavek (subject to forced labor, beatings, sexual assault and other abuses)g.
- 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
ACLAPROTECH – The Academy for CLAssical, PROfessional, and TECHnical Studies – was founded and is managed by Pastor Jean St. Cyr, and his son Junior. The school began on a small scale many years before the earthquake, but the need for affordable education became even greater as many fled to the tent city for refuge. Pastor St. Cyr started a church in the middle of the tent city, and held services every night of the week for 7 months, and two nights a week for the past 5 years! He also continued the school in its original building, but the structure was badly damaged from the earthquake and was a potential danger in the long-term.
St. Cyr and his church have since been able to construct a new building that houses both the church and school. Right beside where the tent city once was, the church still works to meet the needs of those most affected by the quake. The school is now home to nearly 75 students and is working to become one of the highest quality schools in the area, as well as the most affordable.
In 2017, St. Cyr also launched the Compassion Clinic, a healthcare initiative that will serve some of the greatest medical needs in the Port-Au-Prince area, mainly Hypertension and heart helth. The clinic will be run by Dr. Magalie Surline, a highly trained doctor and specialist who is also the siter of Ferrier Village Director, Rosena Joseph.
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