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Help Us Educate Children and Illiterate Adults in Haiti

I am excited to share the opportunity we have to grow the literacy program we launched in Fond des Blancs (FdB), Haiti last year. After visiting FdB last year and learning about the illiteracy problems that keep people from the opportunity to obtain one of very few jobs available, I knew we had to do something.

Education in Haiti is completely privatized. Though so many children in America claim to dislike school, they are immensely privileged compared to children of Haiti. Only those who can pay for tuition and uniforms may go to school. Poor families make incredible sacrifices to give their children the gift of education knowing it is their only hope to escape the brutality of severe poverty.  The reality of the problem is this: Only 55 percent of Haitian children go to primary school, only 2 percent finish secondary school, and about 1/3 of Haitian youth (15-24) are estimated to be illiterate (source).

After meeting young people in FdB who asked for help to go to school, ACR sponsored its first five children to begin in 2012. We shared our joy and success in this previous post.

So I’m now excited to share that we have the opportunity to grow our education program in FdB. For a cost of $3,150, we can make it possible for 26 adults to go to literacy classes with our new partner facility called CENA (Centre Educatif de Nan Akou). We are also seeking funding to grow our child education program in Puits Laurent, a tiny village high in the mountains in the FdB area.AyitiLekol1-edit

Will you give the gift of education to the poorest of the poor in FdB?  Imagine 26 adults who can become literate and pave a brighter pathway ahead. And maybe, like me, you can picture those five and more children beaming proudly (see three from 2012 on their first day above) as they walk into school in a new uniform for the privilege of going to school because we care enough to make it happen.

THE NEED: Tuition and supplies for 26 adults and five children (the poorest of the poor) to attend school in Fond des Blancs, Haiti for $3,150. If you can help us help, please visit our giving page.

Kristie Fry, Founder and Executive Director

All donations to ACR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. ACR is entirely volunteer run and our actual overhead is less than 1%. That means we are blessed to assure that all donations go directly to helping the least.

Any funds received in excess of a project’s budget will go toward other current projects.

New Help for Haiti’s Most Severely Malnourished Children

ACR is pleased to announce our partnership with Nutriset, a developer and manufacturer of nutritional products for the world’s most severely ill children. We have acquired two specialty products to help the most severely, acute malnourished children at a mountain clinic in Haiti.

Severe Acute Diarrhea–Unpleasant topic, but a deeply troubling reality

Did you know that diarrhea affects 2.5 billion children and causes the death of 2.7 million people? For children under the age of five, diarrhea is the second highest cause of death after pneumonia. In the developed world, we can run to the drug store and get an inexpensive over-the-counter remedy for this uncomfortable problem. But for the poorest of the poor of the world, diarrhea is a deadly problem. And the children of Haiti are very severely susceptible given it is often associated with malnutrition, and it can be both a cause and a consequence. Zincfant

That is why we need your help to provide ZinCfant® tablets to the severely malnourished children of Haiti. ZinCfant® reduces the duration and severity of diarrhea attacks and prevents its return for three months following treatment. You and ACR can help to save the lives of the most susceptible little ones.

Severe Acute Malnutrition–The most at-risk children need our help

We can also provide resomal-bigReSoMal® to help children suffering from severe, acute malnutrition. Seriously malnourished children often suffer from a deficiency of potassium and various other mineral deficiencies, as well as from an abnormally high level of sodium. To begin to heal, they need this specific oral rehydration solution containing less sodium, more potassium and more magnesium, zinc and copper. That sounds very technical, and it is. But it is simply a therapeutic, nutritional product that gets children back to health more quickly and effectively. Once we learned about the opportunity to provide this product to the most needy in Haiti, we made it happen because ACR cares deeply for the poorest of the poor and the weakest of the weak where we serve.

Will you consider joining us? We need your help to get more help to the needy.

  • For a gift of $25, you can ensure treatment for three children suffering from severe, acute diarrhea, and/or,
  • For a gift of $25, you can ensure the treatment of four children suffering from severe, acute malnutrition in need of oral hydration, or
  • A gift of $50 will supply both products for about four of the most desperately ill little ones.

Thank you for your support and prayer. With the addition of ZinCfant® and ReSoMal®, we will be helping to increase the level of care for the most severely ill children of Haiti. We are thankful for the opportunity to respond to the call.

All donations to ACR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. ACR is entirely volunteer run and our actual overhead is less than 1%. That means we are blessed to assure that all donations go directly to helping the least.

Any funds received in excess of a project’s budget will go toward other current projects.

Teeth! A Luxury for One, but They Shouldn’t Be

When you read the name “Daniel Smith,” you probably think it belongs to a male American. But actually, this Daniel Smith is a Kim and Danielyoung Haitian man I met last year when he came to America on a medical visa. Daniel had a large benign tumor attached to his jaw that disfigured the lower part of his face (photo, top right, with his host “mom” Kim Myers). He says that when he 15, “a strange and painful tumor starting growing in side my left jaw, and doctors said I must have surgery.” Daniel had two surgeries in Haiti, but each time the tumor just grew back.

His fate changed in summer 2012 when, through the work and help of many, Daniel was able to come to the United States for major surgery to finally rid him of the mass, a non-cancerous but aggressive growth called ameloblastoma. His surgery and physical therapy were underwritten by doctors and Jefferson University and Holy Redeemer hospitals in Phildelphia. Doctors replaced most of Daniel’s jaw with a bone from his leg.Daniel Smith

The good news is that Daniel is doing well and the chance of tumor cells having been left behind is less than one percent (photo, bottom right). However, the bad news is the lasting side effect of toothlessness. Additionally, a conventional denture will not fit Daniel’s reconstructed jaw.

THE NEED: A Child’s Refuge has been contacted to help Daniel for the next step of his journey this Spring. He will return to Pennsylvania to have teeth put back into his lower jaw. Dr. Louis Marion of Philadelphia has generously agreed to waive all professional dental fees for services he will perform to implant teeth into Daniel’s reconstructed jaw–with the exception of laboratory gold fees. So while many of his needs have again been met, Daniel has a $3,800.00 invoice for laboratory gold fees which he cannot possibly afford to pay. If you can help us help Daniel, please visit our giving page.

All donations to ACR are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. ACR is entirely volunteer run and our actual overhead is less than 1%. That means we are blessed to assure that all donations go directly to helping the least.

Any funds received in excess of a project’s budget will go toward other current projects.

New Project Caring for Malnourished, Premature and Abandoned Babies

A Child’s Refuge has partnered with a critically-needed child survival center and orphanage near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We are working to raise support to help them care for the premature, malnourished and abandoned babies in their care. They have immediate and constant needs for clean water, baby formula and diapers.

The center, God’s Littlest Angels, services the most vulnerable and critically ill babies in Haiti. Doctors and clinics all over Haiti refer babies in need of intensive nursing care and nutritional support to them. Their facility includes a fully functioning nursery with incubators, warming beds, and the capability to provide oxygen, intravenous fluids, and monitoring suFort_Jacque_houses_March_2012pport for critically ill infants.

ACR is also raising funds help GLA complete construction of a new clinic and home at Fort Jacques, Haiti. We support their vision to create a facility of small group homes instead of a large institutionalized building to better meet the orphans’ physical and psychological needs and growth. So far, GLA has built two staff homes, a garage/shop, warehouse, and a barn for storage. Work is underway on the Toddler Homes (to house 10 children with two caregivers each), and plans are in place for a central school house with an all purpose room that will be used as both a dining area and play area.

If you would like to help us ensure the orphaned, abandoned and most critically ill children of Haiti have a safe place to heal and grow, we welcome your gift of any amount. ACR is entirely volunteer run with an overhead of less than one percent. We are blessed to assure our friends that all monies received go directly to the needy children and families for whom it is intended. Just visit our giving page to partner with us. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For the children!


Photo credit: God’s Littlest Angels
Any funds received in excess of a project’s budget will go toward other current projects.

A Mule for A Most Needy Family

February 15, 2013

Though we’ve only just begun (late in 2012), we’ve seen amazing progress with our efforts to love the least. This is all made possible because of our generous friends who give to help us love others in practical ways. I’m humbled and blessed to share the following photo. This dear family in Haiti is among the poorest of the poor. They live high in the mountains in the southern part of the nation. With many children still in the home, no regular work nor any prospects, they are truly stuck in intense poverty.JuliaCelange with Millet (1)

ACR is committed to helping the most poor in Haiti by funding micro-businesses, in addition to our other programs. With a rather small investment, we can help a family get started with small business ventures and so begin the journey to self sufficiency. We helped this precious family to get started by purchasing the pictured millet (mule) that they will use to carry goods up and down the mountains for selling at markets.  A mule for this family cannot be overstated in value. With it, they can get where they need to be in shorter time. Additionally, ACR has provided a small grant to equip this family with the opportunity to purchase their first goods to sell. It may be difficult to fathom, but these precious ones are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing at their disposal to get started. We are thrilled that the future is a little brighter for at least this one family, and we hope they are the first of many others to be given an opportunity through our efforts.

It is with great joy that I share this family’s story. We do all that we do because when we look upon the least, we see Jesus. We purpose to love others as we love ourselves. For all those who make it possible to make a difference in the lives of others like these ones, I pray God’s richest blessing back to you and yours. And if you’d like to join us in loving the least, please visit our giving page.

For the children!

Kristie Fry,
Executive Director

Of Progress and Success

February 6, 2013

I recently shared (here) of the beginnings of ACR’s education and literacy program high in the mountains of Haiti in a village called Fond des Blancs (FdB). The rural poor of Haiti often do not have adequate housing, access to clean water, jobs, and to education. It leads to a cycle of poverty that grips generation upon generation. Our visit to the FdB region opened doors to birth several programs, including our charity’s first educational grant — sending five children and teens to school for the first time. I look at these photos received today and see joy in the youngest students as they pose in crisp new uniforms, and I can almost feel the pride coming through the faces of the young men who have a chance to become literate and educated — a gift they would not otherwise have realized. In Haiti, education is a privilege for those whose parents have enough money to pay for uniforms and tuition. Unlike the government-funded educational systems of America, it is not a right of every child in Haiti to go to school. And not unlike America, literacy and education open the door to better opportunity and self sufficiency.

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If you’d like to make a donation to enable more forgotten children to have the privilege of going to school, please visit our giving page. Donations can be made by credit card or by check in any amount, and they are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.

Love God! Love Others!

For the children,

Kristie Fry, Executive Director

Therapeutic Milk on its way to Haiti for the most critically malnourished children

November 3, 2012

A Child’s Refuge is privileged to announce our first partnership in Haiti.  We have had the opportunity to answer a call from Real Hope for Haiti (in Cazale, Haiti) to help them find Therapeutic F-75 milk. This product will be used to help rehabilitate the most severly malnourished children RHFH admits to their Rescue Center. According to their director, Licia Betor, some children are admitted to care too ill to give them the therapeutic food they currently have in stock–Medika Mamba, a protein-fortified product resembling peanut butter.

There are only three manufacturers of Therapeutic Milk in the world–one in Germany, France and the USA. After contacting all three, ACR was able to establish an account with Challenge Dairy in California which had product available. A pallet is now on its way to RHFH’s warehouse in Minnesota, and it will soon be hand-carried by batches to RHFH in Cazale.

Read more about caring for severely malnourished children here. Also, we will update this page as we learn how the product is working at this vital clinic and rescue center in Haiti. We thank God for the love RHFH gives through life-saving help.

If you would like to give to help A Child’s Refuge provide additional quantities of Therapeutic Milk to RHFH and other vital clinics, please visit our giving page. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Love God! Love Others!

For the children,

Kristie Fry, Executive Director