Why We Do What We Do

A Child’s Refuge supports programs which provide for clean water, food, shelter, clothing, medical needs, and both academic and vocational education for the poorest of the poor children and families in Haiti and the most needy and marginalized in South Central Pennsylvania. To best love our neighbors we are wholly volunteer run, and we are committed to maintaining an operational overhead of less than two percent at all times.

Following are a few of the ways you and A Child’s Refuge can make life better for those less fortunate.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY • Why?

Because more than half (54%) of 8.2 million Haitian people live on less than $1 a day; hunger among the rural population is widespread, and 81% of the national population and 87% of the rural population do not get the minimum daily ration of food defined by the World Health Organization. (source)

By age five, almost one in four children in Haiti is chronically malnourished and one in 10 is acutely malnourished. And because nearly one half of the Haitian population is undernourished. Chronic malnutrition is the underlying cause of high maternal, child, and neonatal morality in Haiti. (source).

We seek to provide food and funds for children fighting the deadly effects of malnutrition in rescue centers in rural Haiti. We also provide grants to help those suffering from hunger where we serve in South Central Pennsylvania. Though poverty is far more widespread in Haiti than in the United States, there are those who need emergency and temporary help. We purpose to assist those most in need where we serve.

MEDICAL NEEDS Why?

Because the two principal causes of death in children under five in Haiti are preventable — diarrheal diseases and acute respiratory infections.  Also, the maternal mortality rate was 630 deaths in 100,000 live births when recently researched. (source).

Additionally, Haiti ranks 44th in the world in maternal mortality rate (300 death for every 100,000 live births), and 44nd in the world for infant mortality rate (52.44 death per 1,00 live births). (source)

We support maternity centers in impoverished places in Haiti which provide a place for expectant mothers to find childbirth and child development classes, safe and sanitary medical care, and nutritious meals during pregnancy. We also provide medical supplies and funding for rescue clinics whose work is to nurse severely malnourished children to health. Our mission also includes funding for organizations meeting emergency needs such as cholera clinics in rural Haiti.

In the United States, living in the margin often means living without health insurance. Families quickly become overwhelmed by medical bills they are unable to pay. That, in turn, affects their credit scores and leads to more turns on the wheel of the marginalized cycle. We seek to fund and establish programs which assist the poorest of the poor where we serve to eradicate unpaid medical bills.

EDUCATION & VOCATIONAL TRAINING Why?

Because 50 percent of school-aged children in Haiti are not enrolled in school (Source).

For those privileged to attend, 60 percent will abandon school before reaching the 6th grade (Source).

Additionally, adult immigrants to the United States struggle to survive, often relying on government assistance programs to meet basic needs. They quickly beccome trapped in a cycle of poverty partly because they do not speak English nor have proper educational and vocational training for the workforce.

We support accredited elementary and secondary schools in Haiti, as well as adult ESL and GED programs in the United States. We also fund support for adult literacy classes in rural Haiti where no other such services are available. It is a crucial need in helping the poorest of the poor break through generational cycles of extreme poverty. We also seek to fund micro-enterprises to assist the poorest of the poor where we serve to become self sufficient.

Housing Why?

Because every person needs a place a lay their head at night.

In the devastating earthquake of January 2010 in Haiti, over 300,000 people were killed and 1 milllion left homeless. (source)

Many more families in rural Haiti live under inadequate shelter of homes made with mud walls and thatch roofs. A stable home keeps a family dry during torrential rain and storms while improving sanitation and overall cleanliness. We seek to fund the building and improvement of homes for those most in need in Haiti.

In the United States, we seek to help the homeless and those families and persons who need emergency, temporary assistance to avoid eviction due to the inability to pay their rent.

We will update this page as we continually work to fulfill our mission. If you would like to help us love on the least in Haiti and South Central Pennsylvania, please visit our giving page.