“Trying to inspire a grassroots solution for distressed orphanages in Haiti”
Our sister organization in Haiti is the UHOA (Union of Haitian Orphanages for Action) Through the UHOA, we have identified several distressed orphanages within the 54 member organization co-founded by HORP. We start by doing site evaluations and needs assessments on UHOA members. We listen to the directors tell us about their needs before we come up with a long term renovation plan. After the orphanage directors reach certain goals within the UHOA (that help ensure the long term care of the children) they become eligible for HORP upgrades and improvements as incentives for active involvement with the UHOA. We hire local labor and purchase materials from local hardware suppliers to support the local community. HORP Improvements include: composting toilets, raised bed gardens, water purification systems, internet service, storage solutions, mosquito netting, play structures, sanitation, fresh paint, roof repairs and even basic shelters when needed. Our goal is to help directors of the UHOA improve the quality of life by giving them the tools they need to be successful.
We have met so many amazing children in Haiti. Many of these orphans are not parentless or family-less, merely abandoned or displaced. Oftentimes the family believes their child’s chances are better at an orphanage than at home. That is the state of the world in impoverished Haiti. It will be our honor to profile some of the children we meet in Haiti. John, seen in our January 2010 video, has a remarkable story as does Melissa, who is learning to walk after multiple surgeries.
Our goal at Haiti Orphan Rescue Program is simple: serve the children of Haiti as best we can. For everyone including our Haitian partners, this is a journey to create hope from tragedy and to support some of the most fragile human beings on earth when they most need it. If you contribute to our work not only will you be helping children but you will journey with us and share what will be no doubt an amazing experience.
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Architects, builders, and inventors are suggesting everything from earth dome structures to SIP structures to modular, concrete, steel, trailers, shipping containers, prefabricated in part or in whole. Our guiding principal is that orphanages need to provide standards that are universally accepted as positive for the normal development of a child. That these orphanages exist in Haiti is relevant and though we heartily embrace Haitian culture this in now way influences us to stray from the notion of what is “universally acceptable.” We plan to address the construction and reconstruction ...