Months ago, 12 year old Rosemond spent each night hunched over the passenger seat of an abandoned truck in downtown Les Cayes, Haiti.Learn More
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Months ago, 12 year old Rosemond spent each night hunched over the passenger seat of an abandoned truck in downtown Les Cayes, Haiti.Learn More
Months ago, 12 year old Rosemond spent each night hunched over the passenger seat of an abandoned truck in downtown Les Cayes, Haiti. The child would stay up late, waiting until the rest of the city was asleep before sneaking into the truck… and would wake up early, heading to the streets before his sleeping location could be seen. Rosemond was - by the rest of society - viewed as a troublemaker, a wild child, a lost cause. He was involved in robberies to obtain food and knife fights to protect himself from larger street kids. Yet what most of society didn’t realize was that Rosemond had a home. He had a family - a mother wondering where he was. Poverty and hunger had driven Rosemond to the streets. In December 2014, however, this boy chose to attend a Street Child Meeting hosted by LFBS. Shortly after, he chose to go home. He chose change. Rosemond is now living with his family, attending school as well as tutoring, and even going to church!
3 year old Woodlin just might be an angel.Learn More
3 year old Woodlin just might be an angel. His family lives in Pestel, about halfway between Les Cayes and Jeremie in Southern Haiti. In November 2014, however, Woodlin’s mother took him to the General Hospital in Les Cayes. His stomach was turning black, and was painfully swollen! The child and his mother spent an entire month in the hospital, spending the family’s savings on IV fluids and various tests - without any clear diagnosis. By Christmastime, Woodlin’s stomach was so swollen that internal fluids began to leak through his bellybutton…while the rest of his body wasted away. Nurses told Woodlin’s mother he would die. Yet a New Years’ miracle happened! With the help of local social services & Haiti Air Ambulance, LFBS was able to transfer Woodlin to Port au Prince on a helicopter. Emergency surgery was done and Woodlin had a large tumour removed from his stomach! Woodlin has now returned to Les Cayes and is continuing to heal… but seems stronger than ever.
Last year Kenzie was living on the streets.Learn More
Last year Kenzie was living on the streets. He used to wash dishes on the side of the street to get meals. Now he is now reunited with his family! Kenzie's mom takes great responsibility for ensuring he applies himself at school and doesn't wander into the streets again. He has grown tall and handsome, and is incredibly well behaved! This summer he took part in the 'Our Garden Haiti' training program and eagerly helped with chores. Such a sweet boy!
His mother is dead, his father is dead, his little sister was violated and is in an orphanage.Learn More
His mother is dead, his father is dead, his little sister was violated and is in an orphanage. He lives in a house that we rent for him and his uncle. Along with attending school, Ernso has become involved in his church which is a grounding aspect of his life. He is in multiple choir groups at his church in which we've been having uniforms/special outfits made to allow for his participation. Thank you, Eva Polini.
We met 8 year old Guerna in the paediatric ward of the General Hospital.Learn More
We met 8 year old Guerna in the paediatric ward of the General Hospital. She sat, alone, on a chair: propping her body up and wincing. Her entire midsection, shoulder and legs were covered in severe, open burns. Her hair was white with malnourishment and her eyes were sunken. As Morgan stopped to talk to her, she couldn't recall her own age. She'd never been to school. When her entire body had been burned, it was her old brother - who isn't more than 25 years old - who took her to the hospital. He'd stayed there with her for a MONTH, sleeping on benches. She is now fighting infection as her gaping, encompassing wounds begin to heal. This beautiful young girl recently just received surgery to separate her arm from her side. She is out of the hospital and healing well. We are providing her with added nutritional supplements and weekly nurse visits to ensure her continued healing improvements. We are hopeful that she will be able to go to school soon. We have found a family help with a place for these wonderful siblings to stay as they work to find a future. Many thanks to Sandy Cooper for helping with their needs.
We first met Erby in 2012 when he was living on the streets.Learn More
We first met Erby in 2012 when he was living on the streets. He was in an accident and needed an immediate operation and his street friends carried him to LFBS hoping we could help. And we did. And now he has been reunited with his family, goes to school and joins in with many of our programs. This past summer he came to stay once again at the Transitional Safehouse for awhile and we were all very excited of his visit. Many thanks to Tracee Vickerman for her love and support for the past four years.
Sweet little Tafayou might be the cutest little girl ever! She has recently come into Les Cayes from her home in Jeremie and is living in the Girls’ House.Learn More
Sweet little Tafayou might be the cutest little girl ever! She has recently come into Les Cayes from her home in Jeremie and is living in the Girls' House. She will be there until Christmas ensuring her health can improve. This little firecracker is attending the new English school as well. Many thanks to the Marchuk family to helping make this health and education possible.
Robnel entered into 1st grade last year and finished with a high average of 86.Learn More
Robnel entered into 1st grade last year and finished with a high average of 86.9%! A lot of this had to do with the support Robnel received from Little Footprints, Big Steps in tutoring. He was the 3rd strongest student in his class and even during the summer he was excited to continue his tutoring. We would love to get him a sponsor that can continue to motivate his success!!!
Kechelet will be spending the school year at the Transitional Safehouse, attending a special English school! He lives in the town of Jeremie with his grandmother, however he had shown signs of malnourishment and has had problems with his schooling.Learn More
Kechelet will be spending the school year at the Transitional Safehouse, attending a special English school! He lives in the town of Jeremie with his grandmother, however he had shown signs of malnourishment and has had problems with his schooling. By living in Les Cayes temporarily he will have regular medical care and nutrition as well as attending an outstanding new school that not only teaches the basics, but also problem solving skills and character values.
Unfortunately his grandma has not been well and we will be working toward having her roofing repaired so she is safer during hurricane season.
Morgan first met Lorana in 2011 when she was still being held at a corrupt orphanage.Learn More
Morgan first met Lorana in 2011 when she was still being held at a corrupt orphanage. Now she is a bright, beautiful young woman! Her mother has started building a new, stronger house in front of their old one thanks to her sponsor Claudia Heath, who never gave up the hope that Lorana could be reunited with her family! They also have a garden on the hill leading up to their home and Lorana was a participant in the 'Our Garden Haiti' training program this past summer. She and her little sister Louinise are so happy that they passed school this past year and are working hard to do the same this year!
Ysaac was abandoned to the streets as a young child.Learn More
Ysaac was abandoned to the streets as a young child. Begging, stealing, alone and afraid, often abused due to his growing facial tumour. NOW is excellent in school, has had his tumour removed and has a loving family and home with LFBS, excels at school and is a youth leader! In addition to his school studies and Youth Leadership activities, Ysaac has begun apprenticing as a motorcycle apprentice.
During our visit to Woodrof’s home last spring we noticed he was becoming malnourished.Learn More
During our visit to Woodrof's home last spring we noticed he was becoming malnourished. We were fortunate to have him stay with us over the summer while attending 'Our Garden Haiti' agricultural training. We kept a close eye on him and provided him with the proper nutritional supplements to stay healthy. As he is back at his family's home attending school we will continue to visit as often as possible to ensure he stay's healthy.
After living on the streets, Patrico has been reunited with his mom and sister.Learn More
After living on the streets, Patrico has been reunited with his mom and sister. He was able to participate in 'Our Garden Haiti' agricultural training program and has taken his learnings to actually build a garden at their home! He has never had the opportunity to go to school - until now! Over the summer he received tutoring at the Transitional Safehouse and is learning quickly.
Mackenlove stayed at the Transitional Safehouse for the ‘Our Garden Haiti’ training, then spent the rest of the summer with his family before returning to Les Cayes and the Transitional Safehouse for schooling as there is no school available near his family for this very bright young man to attend.Learn More
Mackenlove stayed at the Transitional Safehouse for the 'Our Garden Haiti' training, then spent the rest of the summer with his family before returning to Les Cayes and the Transitional Safehouse for schooling as there is no school available near his family for this very bright young man to attend. He really misses his family and is always eager for his visits to his mom and siblings.
Ketlene and her brother Maxime were enthusiastic participants in the ‘Our Garden Haiti’ training program this summer and their family home will have a wonderful garden as a result.Learn More
Ketlene and her brother Maxime were enthusiastic participants in the 'Our Garden Haiti' training program this summer and their family home will have a wonderful garden as a result. Ketlene is a kind, loving, bright young woman that works hard at her schooling and is a terrific addition at all of the Little Footprint Big Steps activities she is able to join into.
Louinise is a sweet young girl with a history of asthma attacks.Learn More
Louinise is a sweet young girl with a history of asthma attacks. Her loving mother sits beside the classroom while Louinise is at school and never leaves her side as people do not know how to react when her asthma attack happens. We would love for her to have a sponsor for further support her being able to continue in school and ensuring her health. She and her older sister Lorana are excited to be back at school and are working hard to get good passing grades.
A year and half ago, through our collaboration with Haiti Support Alliance and One Small House Organization, we were able to move this loving family into a home of their own.Learn More
A year and half ago, through our collaboration with Haiti Support Alliance and One Small House Organization, we were able to move this loving family into a home of their own. Now, our objective of self-sufficiency moves forward as we have been able to purchase a stove to assist them in their small bakery - helping support their family and add to their community! There children Jameson, Davidson and Gemmina Lee work hard at their schooling and are so grateful to be able to go to school.
Brilliant Louzenflore Bell has the handwriting of a 30 year old secretary and was the best student in her class! Next year she will be switching schools so that she will be more challenged.Learn More
Brilliant Louzenflore Bell has the handwriting of a 30 year old secretary and was the best student in her class! Next year she will be switching schools so that she will be more challenged. In this new school she will have the opportunity to learn a different language. She will learn languages so well as she's so young. Many thanks to her sponsor, Pam Hine.
Ednel, at age 16, has seen far more than any child should.Learn More
Ednel, at age 16, has seen far more than any child should. He lost his beloved mother at age 5. Ednel’s violent father abandoned the child and his younger brother in an orphanage - an orphanage which, the brothers would soon discover, did not exist for the well-being of children. This was a corrupt orphanage in which children were exploited so the owner could make a profit. Ednel was forced to beat other children if he didn’t want to be beaten himself. He slept under a picnic table in the mud. He was fed once per day - if that. Ednel, while living in this orphanage, saw two fellow children die of illness and neglect. Luckily, in 2012, Ednel and his brother were able to escape this orphanage. Ednel is involved in his church group and enjoys volunteering to help others when given the opportunity. These brothers have recently moved from the Transitional Safehouse into a family's home near their home town. Many thanks to Nancy Rohaly for her four years of caring assistance.
When Morgan met Giguermaie in 2010, she was incredibly emaciated.Learn More
When Morgan met Giguermaie in 2010, she was incredibly emaciated. She was about 7 years old and living in the corrupt orphanage that instigated the formation of LFBS. Giguermaie, despite her fragile figure, was a ball of fire! Her personality was always feisty, confident and bouncy. She always seemed to have energy and this cheeky high-pitched laugh.
Giguermaie also had these infected, open wounds all over her bottom at the beginning of 2011. They were leaking puss and seemed so painful. Each night Morgan would clean her wounds and put on a fresh pair of underwear for her, and sneak her a protein bar. It was their special one-on-one time (something that these kids have NONE of). Most of the time they aren't even called by their name, just "little boy" or "little girl", so to have personal attention is extremely rare.
On the last Sunday in July 2011, Morgan remembers seeing all the children at church (again, just gathering all the children to sit on benches in the orphanage) - except Giguermaie. She found the sweet girl curled up in the fetal position, by herself, in a corner of a brick building in the orphanage property. She'd been curled up there for hours before I found her. When I asked her what was wrong, she couldn't speak. She couldn't even whisper. She couldn't breathe. Apparently she'd been vomitting too. Morgan asked her to cough and she did a little bit but was very strained. Morgan turned around, changed her shirt, and turned back to Giguermaie - and in that short time, she'd become unconscious! Her eyes had rolled to the back of her head.
As soon as they made it to the main road, Morgan jumped on a motorcycle taxi. Giguermaie's body was totally limp against her, but her eyes were open. Morgan found a doctor at a church. They got Giguermaie on steroids and oxygen right away. She still couldn't hold herself up, but was breathing. We got Giguermaie, her oxygen, and I into a truck and to a Doctors without Borders hospital in Port au Prince. She ended up being hospitalized there for 2 weeks before she could breathe on her own, and was coughing up black liquids.
Eventually, Morgan was able to trace Giguermaie's mother - and now she and her little brother Johnny are both reunited with her! The orphanage has also been shut down by local authorities, although it took 3 years of advocacy. The first time Morgan saw Giguermaie - happy and healthy, with her mother - was in October 2014. She's growing up.
Her mother is slightly deaf and is a single mother but works very hard to care for her kids. We would love to help her mother start up a small business that she can sell from home, so she is better able to stay with the children while also making a living. But - Giguermaie's education comes first!!!
Morgan reunited Mika with her family in 2012.Learn More
Morgan reunited Mika with her family in 2012. When this beautiful girl began to share about the mistreatment she'd endured in a corrupt orphanage... her mother was enraged. This lovely, bright, studious girl lives with her mother and brothers and hopes to work in the medical field in the future. Mika has participated in enriching English studies, summer classes and field trips with the support of sponsors Anita and Eric Fields.
Morgan lived in a Haitian orphanage for 5 months over the spring and summer of 2011 and witnessed the hardships the children face. Yet despite the desperate conditions there, she remains full of life and love. She worked daily to gain access to health care, clean water for showers and food for her 70 roommates. Morgan continues to live in Haiti where she leads the work on the ground with passion, creativity and integrity side by side with Haitian staff members, partners and collaborators.Meet Morgan...