Our mission is to reduce the number of children living in Haiti's orphanages by
empowering the caregivers of vulnerable children through health, education, and business.
1 in 10 children in Haiti lives in an orphanage. 80% of these children have a living parent. In Haiti 1 in 5 children are undernourished and 1 in 10 are acutely malnourished, families with little resources and few options turn to these institutions at their most desperate time. With an 80% unemployment rate, and 76% of people living on less than $2 a day, parents must make difficult decisions about their sick and vulnerable children.
"Today, we know more about the negative impact of growing up in an orphanage, and that at least 80% of children in orphanages have at least one living parent – " The Guardian
"How many of the children are true orphans? Is anything being done to reunite children with their families, or to reintegrate them through family based care options? Or better still, stop and think. Is there a better way I can help these children – ?" CRS Wire
"We should stop building orphanages, invest in a community based support network and where possible, bring the child back to parents' loving arms and support them financially, after all, who better to look after a child then his/her mum and dad – ?" The News Hub
It's time to challenge what we consider A family and who we define as an orphan.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO HELP
In response to this problem, Second Mile Haiti works with families who are most at risk of turning to orphanages. We believe that by using a comprehensive approach to treating childhood malnutrition, we can break the cycle of undernutrition in Haiti, and keep families together.