Ferrier Village is an anti-trafficking and education initiative of Help One Now – it is a refuge for orphaned children who have been rescued from traffickers, or are at a high risk of being trafficked.
It is a place where these children will be cared for and restored to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
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
After 2+ years of researching, planning, networking, fundraising, building and waiting, Phase 1 of Ferrier Village was finally complete in March of 2013, consisting of 5 homes, a community center and kitchen, a water cistern system, and a security wall.
On May 10, 2013, we opened our doors to some of Haiti’s most vulnerable children. Five homes that once sat empty are now full of children and loving house moms. Lives that seemed impossible are now full of hope. We then continued to add on 5 more homes, as well as a pre-school for the local community. We are currently at full capacity with 45 children, 10 House Moms, 1 cook, and 2 Directors. And 17 children have been reunified with family over the past 3 years.
Pastor Jean Alix Paul and our Village Staff work in cooperation with local authorities, border officials, and the IBESR (Haitian Social Services) to rescue these kids and determine who is a good fit for the village. The children of Ferrier Village are all double orphaned—without a mother, without a father, and without any appropriate oversight or supervision (kids in this situation are extremely vulnerable to human trafficking). These kids have been rescued from lives of slavery and abandonment – living alone on the streets at 4 years old without a name; living in a home as a domestic servant at 5; enduring neglect and hunger. Some have been trapped in an abusive situation, without hope of reconciliation. Some were rescued at the border, thus interrupting the trafficking process. And sadly, a number were living in homes as slaves.
We will work to see these children become responsible and productive members of Haitian society. We are so proud of our leaders and our staff on the ground. THEY are doing this work, and they are accomplishing so much more than we could on our own.
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THE LOCAL LEADER
At Help One Now, our greatest hope for the world is that all would live flourishing lives of belonging and family. At Ferrier Village, our work is doing just that! Most of the children here have come from hard and often tragic experiences, but their smiles and...
Meet Rosena Joseph. She is truly an inspirational figure. After losing her parents as a young child, she grew up in a girl’s home (as a matter of fact, it was Jean-Alix Paul's Spirit of Truth Girls Home in Ferrier). Being at this home allowed her to attend school,...
In the two years that Help One Now’s Ferrier Village has been open, it has had a huge impact on the children that call it home. These kids were once on the edge of life — abandoned or at a high risk for being trafficked. Now, they receive a quality education,...