Hope For Haiti's Children is committed to providing a safe and caring home for those in need. The Cazeau Christian Orphanage and the Thomazeau Christian Orphanage are lovingly caring for the poorest of the poor, those who have no one else. The January 2010 earthquake had a terrible impact on the children of Haiti - it's estimated that an additional 7,000 Haitian children became orphans that day. Through generous donations to the Crisis Relief fund, Hope for Haiti's Children was able to increase the capacity of the Cazeau Christian Orphanage by nearly 50% to meet the need. Today, 71 orphans call the Cazeau Orphanage home. Our second orphanage, the Thomazeau Christian Orphanage, opened in 2012 with 9 orphans and has since expanded to provide a home to 12 wonderful children (2015). IS ORPHAN CARE A BIG NEED IN HAITI? “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;and whoever welcomes me does not welcome mebut the one who sent me.” - Mark 9:36-38 The island country of Haiti has been long a land cursed with poverty and natural disasters that seem to pile one on top of another. Crushing poverty, dysfunctional leadership, hurricanes and finally a devastating earthquake have taken a toll upon the people of Haiti. The most afflicted are the ones who can least help themselves, Haiti’s children. It is very normal to see children under ten on their own. For some, it is a struggle to just survive. Never mind an education or a future. Hope for Haiti's Children began its efforts to care for orphans in 1998 at the Cazeau Christian Orphanage in Port-au-Prince in partnership with local Christian leaders. Currently, 71 orphans are provided with safe housing, meals, clothing, and medical care.
Beginnings: In 1998, Hope for Haiti’s Children had already successfully established their Child Education Sponsorship program. Twenty-three orphaned children in the Cazeau area of Port-au-Prince had been sleeping at night on the floor of a former Cazeau mayor’s home. After the mayor lost his job and his health, these young children were on the verge of being back on the street. With hearts touched by the plight of these orphans, HFHC requested emergency funds from the churches of Christ and individuals here in the States and partnered with the local Cazeau Church of Christ to prayerfully undertake purchasing property and establishing the Cazeau Christian Orphanage in 1999. Along with the orphanage, a multi-purpose school building and assembly area for the Cazeau church of Christ was also constructed on the property. This church continues to be a strong HFHC partner. Today: Responding to the incredible need for orphan care after the earthquake, the Cazeau Orphanage expanded its capacity to 72 (from 48) by adding an additional bunk bed to each dorm room.
Beginnings HFHC owns 25 undeveloped acres a 1½ hour drive northeast of Port-au-Prince near the city of Thomazeau. This area has a great number of earthquake refugees settle here, with many motherless children. In January 2012, HFHC opened Phase I of the Thomazeau Orphanage.
The facilities include a boys’ and girls’ dorm, a new kitchen, a dining hall, and staff housing. Adjacent to the orphanage dormitories and kitchen, the Thomazeau Team Center with American-style housing for on-going short-term U.S. mission teams for up to 22 volunteers was completed. Phase One Complete As of January 2015, the orphanage is home to 12 wonderful children who keep Natacha Pierre, our orphanage administrator and primary care-giver, extremely busy! She understands the needs of these children, since Natacha was orphaned at age three, and grew up living in HFHC’s Cazeau orphanage. Natacha is an outstanding Christian young lady – a graduate of Delmas Christian High School, fluent in four languages (English, Spanish, French, and Creole), a professional seamstress, with a huge heart for children.