Yahve Shamma Village is a community development initiative of Help One Now – serves as home for 30 orphaned children in Pétionville, Haiti.
Yahve Shamma Village is also a community hub, investing in future generations through education and development..
As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 77% of its 10 million people living below the poverty line, Haiti struggles to take care of its most vulnerable population. In 2008, there was an estimated 440,000 true orphans (those without both parents) in the country of Haiti. After the devastating earthquake of 2010, estimates exceeded 500,000. Today, it is difficult to determine the true number of orphans in Haiti. Many other factors contribute to at risk children in Haiti. Parents may not be able to take care of their children because of social, cultural, economic, and/or related health issues. These at risk children are vulnerable to sex trafficking and child labor both in Haiti and across the border in the Dominican Republic. In fact, the 2013 Trafficking In Persons Report states that there are an estimated 150,000 – 500,000 Haitian children living in domestic servitude, subject to forced labor, beatings, sexual assault and other abuses.
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.
Population: 10.7 million (35.9% under the age of 15) (World Bank, 2015)
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
Pop. Living In Poverty: More than 6 million out of 10.4 million (59%) Haitians live under the national poverty line of US$ 2.42 per day and over 2.5 million (24%) live under the national extreme poverty line of US$1.23 per day.
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
Help One Now initially partnered with Yahve Shamma Children’s Home in 2010 through a Child Sponsorship Program geared toward meeting the needs of each and every child at the home. Through this sponsorship, the basic needs of food, clean water, and clothing were met for the children.Over the course of 3 years, funds were raised through Garage Sales for Orphans to build safe and secure bunk homes for the children, a clean water well, a playground, new bathroom facilities and more. With the burden of caring for basic needs and shelter met, Pastor Gaétan was able to dedicate his time and resources toward educating the children, as he viewed education as a powerful living entity that would transform the future generation. Gaétan immediately gathered all the supplies he could and constructed a five-room tent school in 2011. The school served not only the 30 orphans at Yahve Shamma, but also paved a way for over 150 vulnerable children within the surrounding community to have access to education. Such drive motivated Help One Now to initiate and launch its first Legacy Project Campaign in 2012 to build a larger permanent school at Yahve Shamma.
“It makes us very sad to know that some kids have the desire to learn and better themselves, but they are forced to stay at home because of financial problems. I feel like their creativity, passions and ambitions are being robbed from them. We want to be able to offer an adequate and well-balanced education to these children. This is our hope!” – Gaétan Alcégaire
In the fall of 2012, fundraising for our first Legacy Project began. With funds procured, building began early 2013, and by October, Williamson Adrien Academy (a two story, 14 classroom school house) officially opened. Where a tent-like structure of tarp and poles once stood, an impressive building now stands. Where volunteer teachers and 150 kids once met subject to the elements, over 400 students and 25 certified teachers now meet in a safe learning environment. The building is complete, but the story—the LEGACY—is just beginning. Over time, thousands of Haiti’s children will receive a good education at this school. Education today. Change tomorrow.
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It is because of you that the work at Yahve Shamma can continue to thrive and grow. Your commitment to the children of Yahve Shamma and Pestel not only provides 24/7 care, but it also creates a space for Pastor Gaétan and his team to dream and grow their impact! One...
The children at Yahve Shamma have grown so much over the years! We have watched some grow from toddlers into secondary school students, and some almost on their way into adulthood. It has been such a gift to see the beautiful family that has grown and...
By: Katie Quartucci The last few days of our trip were spent closer to Port Au Prince, at Yahve Shamma. It’s a place I know well and have been blown away by getting to watch the progress made by so much struggle, lead by the Haitian leaders and supported by Help One...