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Home for street boys - (Port-de-Paix, Haiti)

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Our primary goal is to see families thrive and keep children off of the streets.

We recently partnered with the chief justice and the director of police in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Along with children's services, they are helping us tackle some root causes that force most children to end up on the streets.

Over 50% of the prison population are former street children who had gotten into bad habits, according to the chief justice and the police. The majority of theft, violence, murder, kidnapping and other such acts are a direct result of the forgotten children living on the streets. If you have ever been to any part of Haiti, you will find them begging in front of restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, or wiping dirty cars through traffic in order to survive. When they cannot find enough throughout the day to eat, that's when the tide shifts. At this point, they will do anything for a plate of food or a few dollars. Big and corrupt politicians will use them for their evil deeds instead of helping them reach their God given potential.

“I count myself very fortunate, because if God didn't provide a way out when He did, I would probably be dead or in prison”. That's the fate of the majority. “Each of us are saved from a situation not in order to remain comfortable in our newfound position.” – Ebenson Verdule (founder)

Many of the children who end up on the streets do not go to school because of lack of finances, or they are abandoned due to absence of one or both parents, or they may have been forced to leave home due to mistreatment and abuse. Over 15% of the population in Haiti are restavek children. Restavek is a modern-day form of a domestic servant - child slavery. Many often would escape to the streets when possible to avoid excessive abuse.  

A majority of the children who currently live on the streets come from rural areas/villages. They don’t go to school, and because of this they have so much time and nothing to do with it. Gang leaders will recruit children as young as 12 years old to join their groups. These gangs would be very powerless if it were not for the children that are neglected on the streets. We already rescued 24 children to date. The police forces are collaborating with our mission staff to rescue more children, but we have run out of space.

We have begun to construct a house for the street boys we are rescuing. The house will be a safe haven for about 54 boys. There they will be provided for physically, will receive a Christian education, and learn trade skills to launch them on a path of self-sufficiency. We need to move as fast as possible to avoid more kids getting trapped in destructive habits. Help us care for the most vulnerable children in Haiti by supporting this project!

More information on our website
 www.mercylandhaiti.org 

 

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Ebenson Verdule
Organizer
Apopka, FL
Mercy Land Orphanage, Inc.
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