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.
Cazeau, pronounced Cä-zō, is a borough of Port-au-Prince about one mile from the international airport. The Cazeau Christian Orphanage sits atop a hill adjacent to the Cazeau Christian School on property owned by the Cazeau Church of Christ. The orphanage was the outgrowth of compassion provided to street children by Yvette and Rodrique Bichotte – a former mayor of Cazeau and his wife, who were members of the Cazeau congregation. In 1998, Hope for Haiti’s Children assisted the church in building orphanage facilities to house 48 children. The facilities include a boys and girls dormitory, a kitchen and dining hall, and an houseparent’s home. The orphanage opened with 23 orphaned children who had been sleeping at night on carpets in the Bichotte home. A dedicated Christian nurse, Sonya Toussaint, assisted by her husband Jean began as house parents in 2003 when the orphanage grew to care for 48 children. Thanks to the Christian nurturing, education, and training, many of the original 23 orphaned children are now exemplary Christian leaders who are having a positive influence in the lives of others.
Thomazeau, pronounced Tom-ä-zō, is a city approximately 1½ hour drive northeast of Port-au-Prince. The area to the north of the city has a mountain range, which has lost all its forests and much of its topsoil. Farmers still try to grow crops, but many families go hungry due to lack of water and poor soil conditions. Hope for Haiti's Children's Hope Center is on 22 acres to the northwest of Thomazeau in the Debas section and includes the orphanage, a mission team house, a micro-farm, a community water system, Christian school, and is the meeting place for the Thomazeau Church of Christ. In January 2012, HFHC opened the Thomazeau Christian Orphanage at the Hope Center. The facilities include a boys and girls dorm, a kitchen and dining hall, and staff housing.