Hope shines a light in the darkness. It’s infectious, even healing. But what is there to be hopeful for? Let’s look at the year ahead with 19 reasons to have hope in 2019 — and how to pray them into reality.
Why World Vision is in Haiti
Since 2004, U.N. peacekeeping forces have been helping Haiti stabilize widespread political unrest. They’re withdrawing from the country this year, leaving many wondering what the future of Haiti’s politics will be. Haiti is still recovering from the devastating effects of 2016’s Hurricane Matthew. The hurricane caused a humanitarian crisis throughout the country. Food production and agriculture, already precarious in Haiti, aren’t secure yet. A full half of Haiti’s population are malnourished, and over a million people don’t know where they’ll get their next meal. This food insecurity makes it hard for families to raise their own children—about 30,000 kids live in orphanages, but the majority of these have at least one living parent. Together we’re bringing hope to thousands of children in development programs and emergency response areas. Your support is helping us provide seeds and farming equipment so communities can experience long-term recovery. More neighborhoods and schools are getting access to clean water, and the country’s cholera rates have fallen sharply—six years ago the yearly cases numbered 350,000, but this year they were just over 10,000. We’re identifying and treating preventable illnesses so children can live healthy lives, as God intended.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Haiti
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Representatives from child protection committees and local elected officials in Haiti were trained on disaster management, and protecting children during an emergency. In response to Hurricane Irma, which hit Haiti in 2017, the workshops focused on preparation and response related to hurricanes.
- Community leaders and parents were trained about positive discipline and discouraging corporal punishing through showing parents about alternatives to violence against children. This training gives parents the tools to make their homes more caring and supportive.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children in Haiti experienced access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services. New latrines were installed at schools and awareness campaigns were spearheaded to show families how to treat their water and how to construct latrines at home.
- Through a collaboration with the ministry of health in Haiti, logistical and financial support was provided to mobile clinics and schools. De-worming campaigns were implemented and aimed at improving health and nutrition by combating intestinal parasites through providing de-worming medication. Parents were also taught how to prevent transmission of the disease.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- To improve literacy skills in Haiti, teachers were trained in new educational methods targeting reading comprehension. To encourage reading at home and keep reading skills updated during the summer vacation months, summer writing circles were organized and reading camps were established and lead by trained parent volunteers.
Prayer Requests from Haiti
World Vision's staff in Haiti are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Our work to impact lives so the Haitian people can live in fullness.
Social, economical, and political stability in the country.
News from Haiti
Families are still recovering from Hurricane Maria after the monster storm devastated Puerto Rico and much of the Caribbean last September.
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