Community Overview: According to best estimates, the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti killed 230,000 people, injured over 300,000 and left over 1 million Haitians homeless. The aftermath of that disaster is impacting the children of Haiti to this day. The majority of people still live in provisional tent cities and struggle to make ends meet, particularly in the hard hit sections of Port-Au-Prince. Our project focus is on the large densely populated, extremely impoverished community called Cite Soleil, located in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Here, children are the ones who suffer the most as their parents face many challenges to provide health, food and security for their families.
Service Area Population: Over 600,000
Project Partner: The Daughters of Charity
The Daughters of Charity serve the poor and marginalized in many different types of ministry such as healthcare, social services, teaching, counseling, prisons, and many other ministries. They have a deep passion for changing the world one person at a time. In the U.S. the Daughters founded what has become the largest non-profit health system in the country. They are an international community of over 19,000 women in more than 90 countries.
Project Overview: The Daughters of Charity have established an effective maternal and child health clinic in this dangerous and daunting part of Port-Au-Prince. MFH is assisting the Daughters in increasing the number of children who are able to receive healthcare, essential medicines, and nutrition services. MFH is also helping to expand service to HIV positive pregnant women.