BLOOM Haiti Hope Project

 
Thousands of children with trauma are being raised in orphanages where caregivers and social workers are limited in their resources to deal with their emotional and physical needs. There is limited access to education and training on the newest, most effective areas of child psychology, trauma, behavior therapy and basic healthcare for child care workers.
 
Hundreds of children will age out of Haiti’s orphanages each year with no skills to care for themselves as adults caused by the lack of educational or financial resources for job or life skills training courses. Thousands more children each year will be abandoned due to poverty due to the lack of educational or financial resources for job or life skills training courses available to their parents, as well as a lack of affordable child care for working parents.
 
These problems contribute to traumatized children currently in institutional care not being properly cared for, resulting in deeper emotional and psychological issues, health problems and poor performance in school. Moreover, orphans and vulnerable children in Haiti will age out of the system and being exploited, turning to a life of prostitution and crime, or will perish due to being unable to care for themselves. Children will continue to enter the system because their parents have suffered from the same lack of educational resources, leading them to abandon their children into institutional care, perpetuating this cycle for generations to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With the BLOOM Haiti Hope Project, we aim to solve these issues as follows:
 
Children with trauma being raised in orphanages in Haiti will have caregivers and social workers who are adequately trained with the skills to deal with their emotional and physical needs thanks to the Nanny and Social Worker Training Program.
 
A class of OVC “graduates” will age out of of Port-Au-Prince’s orphanages this year with a complete set of skills to care for themselves as adults thanks to the Income Generation and Life Skills Program.
 
Kids whose families are at risk of separation due to poverty will be able to stay in biological family care as a select pilot group of their parents participate in the Income Generation Program, while the kids participate in the Daycare/After School Care Program.
 
All programs will employ a Biblically-focused curriculum. As a result, the participating children will know Jesus as their savior and receive family care and/or better institutional care, resulting in better emotional and psychological health (including positive behavior), a sense of hope and empowerment, better physical health and better grades in school. Their risk for being exploited, turning to a life of prostitution and crime, or death will be dramatically decreased, thereby breaking the systemic cycle of poverty.
 
This project is just kicking off as of September 2019. Stay tuned for updates!