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Following the devastating earthquake of January 12th, 2010, the Caribbean island nation of Haiti faces greater need than ever before. Even prior to the earthquake, Haiti was the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. 80% of Haitian live in abject poverty. 10% of the child population died before the age of 4. 7% (300,000) of children were enslaved. 45% of the Haitian population is illiterate.

Our organization became actively involved in Haiti in 2007, and our Haiti program coordinator began her service to Haiti in 2003. Every month, BRESMA orphanage (our primary partner for Haitian adoptions) must turn away at least a dozen children brought to the orphanage for relinquishment by loving birth families who lack the resources to provide for their most basic needs - food, potable water, medical care, or shelter. Following the catastrophic loss of life and homes in the earthquake, the number of destitute families has greatly increased.

Haitian Women's Literacy, Empowerment, and Economic Independence
It is our dream that someday every Haitian parent considering an adoption plan for their child for financial reasons alone can be presented with a choice, and way to support her family. To that end, we are dedicated heart and soul to our Haitian Women's Literacy, Empowerment, and Economic Independence program. We can best serve children by empowering their mothers.

We are proud to partner with the BRESMA Foundation to support the ADHAFI program Association de Femmes Haitiennes pour le Developpement Integre (in English, 'Haitian Women's Association for Integrated Development'). The ADHAFI program consists of three phases:

  1. Education: literacy, basic business training, money management, child-rearing, nutrition and health classes, all taught by Haitian women for Haitian women
  2. Economic Independence: upon completion of the complete education segment, women may apply for a micro-loan. Their repayment of a portion of the money they receive to begin their micro-enterprises will encourage a feeling of self-reliance and competence.
  3. Service: successful graduates of the program will help other women by assisting the program as teachers and mentors to new enrollees.
Our Haiti program coordinator will report program results after interviewing program participants in their native Kreyol.

Children's Education
The Haitian people place great value on education. There is no free public school system in the country, and the rate of illiteracy is 45%.

ABI supports BRESMA with donations for three free schools - one in Port-au-Prince, a second in Jeremie, and a third still in the planning stages. Thus far 500 students are provided with tuition, books, uniforms, shoes, and two meals a day. The schools not only offer the children an education, but they allow impoverished families to stay together. Sponsoring a child in school costs only $20 per month.

Proven Performance
When you contribute to Haiti through All Blessings International, you know that your donations are going directly to the programs we support. Our direct oversight and frequent vists to Haiti promote a high degree of accountability and successful outcomes.

Read our 2011 end of year progress report to see what ABI, in partnership with BRESMA and other international NGOs, has done!

Donate today - help us help Haiti. The need is great, and even a small donation can make a tremendous difference. Click on the icon below to donate online through Paypal, or visit our Donations page for other options.

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