Yahve Shamma Village is also a community hub, investing in future generations through education and development..
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.
- 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report
“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.
Rooted in deep friendship and partnership with local leader Gaétan Alcégaire, evident growth and development continues at Yahve Shamma Village and in the surrounding community. Every opportunity to advance in developing the local community is taken, as each project enables community member engagement through job creation and employment. Furthermore, over 400 kids from the community are currently enrolled at the school and the 30 orphans at Yahve Shamma are thriving in their everyday lives. New and improved dormitories are currently under construction for the 30 children. The new homes are more than just a temporary place of safety, but are ones that will last for generations to come. Investment in the success of the school will continue to ensure that the educational needs of the children and the community are being fulfilled. And Gaétan has even bigger dreams to continue to serve the needs of many more in his community and country!
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Every quarter, we stop to reflect on all the good that has been done in the last few months because of the support of our sponsors! From the lives of children changed to entire communities transformed, the support of you and others like you is making a huge difference...
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...