bringing Christ-centered hope and wholeness to orphan care
March 25, 2017
Why do so many children in Haiti orphanages have at least one living parent?
The term social orphan refers to a child that has no adults looking after him, even though one or both parents are still alive. In America, we have foster care for these children. About 50% of Haitians live on $1 a day and it is simply not enough money to feed a family. If faced with the decision to keep your child but watch him starve, or place him in an orphanage with the hope of education, food and a potential family... what would you do?
As we walked the villages at both the Bon Repo orphanage (current site) and the future orphanage site in Arcahaie, we asked these questions of parents.
Why are you excited there is a new orphanage being built in your community? Over and over we heard the same answer: so I can possibly place my child there.
Why? So they have a chance at being educated and fed every day.
What if a school provided a free education and a meal every day, then, would you still want to place your child in an orphanage? Some said yes and some said no.
There is no black and white answer. That is why Good Neighbor Missions International is seeking to provide options for children in Haiti. Through the orphanage, social and double orphans are provided a safe place to be raised learning the word and love of God while receiving an education, 3 meals a day, and medical care. Through Good Neighbor Christian School, community kids are receiving an education and with the feeding program the promise of a meal a day. This is making a huge impact on families.
The new Arcahaie site will be home to a new orphanage, new school, new church, and medical clinic. As well, we are putting in a water purification system that has the capacity of bringing clean drinking water to 1000 people a day. GNMI is also in the process of establishing new programs to help meet some dire needs God has placed on our hearts. We are hopeful for more donors and partners to help make these projects successful and are moving forward in Faith.
We continue to seek God's will in all we do and, together with you, are excited to be part of changing a nation for the Kingdom of God.
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