Children belong in safe, loving and self-sustaining families — not orphanages.
Little Footprints Big Steps (LFBS) is a non-profit organization that works to protect vulnerable children in Haiti. We focus on reuniting families and empowering them with resources and opportunities to build a self-sufficient future. We respect and value Haitian autonomy by working with local staff, authorities and partners.
From child protection and family reunification to medicine, education, agriculture, small business startups and children’s rights advocacy — our work impacts thousands of Haitians every day.
Did You Know?
HAITIAN ORPHANAGES WERE AUDITED IN 2018
FAILED TO MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF CARE
MYTH: There’s an orphan crisis in Haiti
FACT: 80% of Haitian children living in orphanages have at least one living parent who could care for them at home.
By giving to community-based programs and services that support families instead of orphanages, you can help 10x as many children (compared to institutional care costs). Your support also strengthens communities for long-term progress.
MYTH: Orphanages provide safe, healthy care for children.
FACT: Neglect, abuse, slavery and human trafficking by corrupt orphanages are common.
In a 2018 audit of 750+ orphanages in Haiti, 95% failed to meet national standards of care. Eighty years of research shows that institutionalized children suffer more harmful outcomes such as suicide, crime, trafficking, prostitution, homelessness and poor health.
MYTH: It’s a hopeless situation in Haiti
FACT: Positive change is possible and happening…
In Haiti — and around the world — there’s a growing movement to support child protection reform and the process of deinstitutionalizing children toward family and community-based care. This year, LFBS is participating in a historic, government initiative to evaluate — and take action — against abusive Haitian orphanages.
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“LFBS is a small but mighty organization that stands out in Haiti for its leadership and reputation for promoting the best interests of children and families.”
— Amanda Cox, LUMOS Latin America and Caribbean
“LFBS represents what the heart represents to the body. Without LFBS, there would be too many children in the streets and at risk for their lives. Their partnership is unconditional, exceptional and irreplaceable.”
— Jean Robert St Louis, Principal Inspector BPM (Haiti Police Child Protection Brigade)
Your Donations in Action
Our staff, programs, partners and donors are empowering positive change for Haitian children and their families. 94% of your donations are used directly for LFBS programs and services.
LFBS is a registered charity under the Canadian Revenue Agency 84792 2101 RR0001 and United States Revenue Agency 501(c)(3) 98-1224282.