HAITI

ABOUT HAITI

Haiti is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. 80% of Haitians live in poverty and 62% of the population lives on less than $1.25 each day. Tragically, the 2010 earthquake created an additional 150,000 orphans in a single day. The rampant poverty also negatively impacts the ability of children to attend school, making it difficult for families to break this devastating cycle of poverty. For every 100 children, 40 will never go to school and 55% of the population is illiterate.

HOW WE’RE INTERVENING FOR ORPHANS IN HAITI

In 2012, AGCI introduced our holistic model of family-like care to a local children’s home, Rivers of Hope, near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. In just 3 years, we witnessed over 120 lives changed through our holistic care model! AGCI painted bright murals, tackled safety projects, installed a new water filtration system, created an outdoor play space and today, the home is spotless! But most importantly, the care is now life-changing—caregivers were trained in the importance of engagement and affection and two teachers now come to the home each day to teach lessons and provide purposeful play. We’re so thrilled to share that this home has since reunified over 30 children with their birth families and facilitated many adoptions. Additionally, thanks to AGCI’s advocacy, 1,136 children and families received critical support in the wake of devastating natural disasters.

WE INTERVENE IN 3 WAYS
PROVIDE
Family-Like Care

We began working with Rivers of Hope in 2012. This home provides loving, family-like care for children in the area surrounding Port-au-Prince, Haiti. There are 40 children—from newborns to 8 year olds—at Rivers of Hope. Haiti is one of the least-developed countries in the western hemisphere and is one of the poorest in the world. Many children arrive extremely malnourished and have been cared for by single mothers dramatically impacted by poverty.

Rivers of Hope staff is made up of full-time special mothers, social workers, and a dedicated director. Loving special mothers work round the clock to ensure every child receives the one-on-one attention, love and affection they need to thrive.

PLACE
Finding Families for Orphans

AGCI has served children and families in Haiti since 2012! Haiti is a Hague accredited country and committed to the adoption process. AGCI is one of a select group of adoption agencies allowed to provide international adoptions in Haiti.

Our first 8 children were recently united with their forever families after 3 years! AGCI has received 9 official referrals through IBESR and in the past 6 months, we have placed 7 children with their forever families, including two sibling groups!

POLICY
Changing the System

AGCI is working to observe and assess Haiti’s inter-country adoption process and assist IBSR and the State Department in troubleshooting the gaps within the system. We’re beginning to form a collation of NGOs that are committed to a shared standard of operations and accountability structures within Haiti.

Our goal is to begin changing the way support is given in Haiti by keeping organizations accountable financially.

STORIES

Financing Your Adoption

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;” Proverbs 3:5   Adoption costs can feel overwhelming. It’s important to remember that you are not alone—we have seen God provide financially for families countless times. There are so many ways to make adoption a reality for your family! We’ve outlined . . .

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The World’s Orphan Crisis

There are 8 million orphans living in institutions today. Tragically, most children living in institutions will grow up without ever knowing the love of a family. Due to deeply rooted systematic problems such as lack of access to education, corruption, poverty, and misguided policies, children are kept out of the arms of loving families. In . . .

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You Have the Power to Change A Child’s Life Forever

What does it mean to be a hero? At AGCI, we believe that everyone has the ability to be a hero for a child in need—and it starts with Sponsorship! By sponsoring a child’s care or education for just $40 a month, you can help change the world for a vulnerable child. At AGCI, there . . .

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What Are Special Needs?

It’s time to readjust what many families think it means to adopt a child with special needs! What many adoptive parents don’t realize is that special needs, or medical conditions, fall on a spectrum—a child with a medical condition could mean something as simple as a hearing or vision impairment. It can also mean Down . . .

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How We Work: Policy

AGCI is dedicated to changing the reality of the orphan crisis. One of the ways we’re intervening for the 8 million orphans living in institutions is by creating Policy to change broken systems for orphans and create clear paths to family and independence. AGCI’s Policy work creates real, lasting change for orphans by: Empowering leaders—Through . . .

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How We’re Intervening For the 8 Million

There are currently 8 million orphans living in institutions around the world. For AGCI, the current state of the orphan crisis is alarming and unacceptable.  We’re working to change lives through 5 proven initiatives.   Policy to change broken systems for orphans and create clear paths to family and independence. AGCI creates real, lasting change for . . .

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Provide

For many children, the loving care we provide is so much more than hope for a brighter future; it’s lifesaving. Marc was clinging to life when he arrived at our partner home in Haiti. He was despondent, extremely malnourished, and covered in severe 3rd-degree burns. With no time to fundraise or pursue other options, our emergency medical fund allowed Rivers of Hope staff to confidently seek out the best medical care for him. After spending a month
 in the hospital, 2-and-a-half-year old Marc is now back at Rivers of Hope and thriving thanks to much-needed love and care. This care saved Marc’s life. At almost any other home, or any other hospital, Marc’s chances for survival would’ve been almost nonexistent.