January 25, 2012
Dabentz lives in Terrier-Rouge, in a brick house with a sheet metal roof with his mother and baby sister. He is currently in grade two, and mathematics is his favourite subject. When he is home he likes to help with the housework, read, and play soccer with his friends. He hopes to be an agronomist some day. Sponsorship enables children to attend class every day and have the supplies they need to complete their education, grow up healthy, and achieve their dreams.
- Category: Countries
HaitiChalice has been serving children in Haiti since 1999 in two sites in both urban and rural communities. We have been able to see the long-term impacts of our decades of work, as well as provide immediate disaster relief in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016.
For families who cannot afford private education for their children, access to quality education is nearly impossible. Public schools are under-resourced, and some parents are mistrustful of the role of education for their children. In the communities where Chalice works, there is a severe lack of adequate housing. Rates of food insecurity are high and malnutrition is endemic among the children. Parents struggle with high rates of unemployment.
Through the support of sponsors and donors, Chalice and our local partners focus on:
- Education – Ensuring each child completes their education until high school graduation, at a minimum. We assist families to afford schools fees, books, uniforms and other necessary materials, and work to instruct parents on the importance of education.
- Nutrition – Our partners ensure children have balanced, nutrient –rich diets by implementing school feeding programs through the support of the Chalice Children Nutrition Program.
- Livelihood - providing opportunities for parents to find work or begin their own income-generating projects
Haiti North - Chalice sponsorship began in the communities of Terrier-Rouge and Grand-Bassin in 1999. Chalice is partnered with Haiti Nord under the direction of Edley Gabeau. There are currently over 1,700 sponsored beneficiaries. Children in schools benefit from a feeding program supported by the Challce Nutrition Fund. The site conducts health assessments for the children and monitors their development, and provides workshops for parent groups on the importance of nutrition. The site runs a successful community poultry cooperative program.
Haiti South – Chalice is partnered with the Missionaries of the Anunciation - Sowers of Hope - in the communities around the city of Jérémie under the direction of Br. Marcelin Henri. The site consists of five sub-sites. Several school canteens receive support through the Chalice Children Nutrition Program. In schools that do not have a canteen, families receive kits of food to prepare at home. Members of the staff work with four nurses who deliver training to families on disease prevention (typhoid, malaria, HIV/AIDS), hygiene and balanced nutrition. In the wake of the 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, Chalice supported several reconstruction projects throughout the area.
Saint Dominique - Chalice is partnered with Fondation Montesinos in the area of Titanyen near Port au Prince. The site supports an orphanage that houses 85 children and sponsors children who attend Institution Saint Dominique. Our site director is Wendell Jn. Emmannuel Alphonse.