2018 ANNUAL REPORT
Another Year for the Books
A NOTE FROM HEAD OF HAITI OPERATIONS
It has taken patience, persistence and a very strong vision to establish and develop LFBS into the organization it is today. There have been many challenges – which my team and I have embraced. It is incredible to see the results so clearly now. Thanks to your consistent support, and the steadfast belief that change is possible... we see the living proof of complete transformation and sustainable change! It is inspiring, uplifting and motivating.
As you read through the highlights of this past year, and the work underway in this new year, we hope you celebrate the impacts you are a catalyst for...
Children who have been reunited with their families, with positive family dynamics and improved standards of living and dignity
Former street youth, now with trades training and integrated into LFBS construction team
Vulnerable mothers who are now empowered and running their own businesses
Deepened collaborations with local Haitian authorities and organization
Increased efficiency, professionalism and capacity of our own staff and operations
A skilled engineer has joined our team as we move forward building on our own property this year. Our staff, partners and community are excited to see LFBS become a more permanent, sustainable presence.
In the year ahead, we will continue to:
Work with local authorities to reunite children from orphanages the government will be closing
Build the sustainability of reunited families
Expand our Business Start Up program
Equip youth with Vocational Training
Ensure access to medical care
Introduce a Family Planning and Youth Mentorship program
THANK YOU! Your support is what turns our goals into reality.
Morgan Wienberg M.S.C.
Co-founder/Head of Haiti Operations
2018 Highlights / 2019 Steps Forward
Progress Towards Deinstitutionalization
The closure of a corrupt orphanage, and the reunification of the children with their families is at the core of why LFBS was founded in 2011. We have continued to lead the way toward deinstitutionalization and family preservation ever since.
Toward this end we have continued to deepen our collaboration with IBESR (Haiti Social Services), documenting and closing down orphanages as well as developing and producing a report on orphanage closure and family follow-up, providing a model for others to follow.
Many NGOs are now wanting to reunite children with families and are moving away from closing down orphanages. This is strengthened by the Haiti government’s decision to NOT authorize the opening of any new orphanages. Where reunification with family is not possible, we are utilizing and encouraging the formation of foster families.
We will actively support IBESR’s focus on orphanage closures and family reunification on a large level. There are over 2000 children IBESR would like to reunite. Our Child Protection staff, our Transitional Safehouses and support staff, our expertise and programs will be working alongside these local partners to achieve these goals and bring families together.
ORPHANAGES WERE AUDITED BY THE HAITIAN GOVERNMENT IN 2018
HAVE BEEN RED-FLAGGED FOR CLOSURES BECAUSE THEY FAILED TO MEET MINIMUM STANDARDS OF CARE
Business Start-Up Program
Over the past year we expanded our Business Start Up Program to now include 140 people/families in six communities, including rural regions in Grande Anse (Chambellan), as well as Les Cayes, Camp Perrin, Port au Prince, Leogane, Cabaret. Our collaboration with HAVEN Partnership Organization results in six weeks of training and the formation of peer groups to strengthen confidence and build local capacity.
Many parents have managed their businesses so well during the first cycle that they are now growing their businesses. Children often thank LFBS for supporting their parents in the Business Program, demonstrating what a strong, powerful impact they are witnessing through this empowerment of their parents. Some of our Youth Leaders have progressed to the point that they are able to undertake small businesses in addition to their continued schooling.
We will continue expanding this important program ensuring empowerment and self-sufficiency is a true possibility. More parents, especially female heads of families will be integrated into our Business Start-Up Program. More rural regions such as Pestel, Beaumont, Les Anglais will be included.
PEOPLE (families) enrolled in our business startup program
communities have access to our Business startup program
Livestock and Agricultural Outreach Program
Following Hurricane Matthew’s complete devastation of the rural communities of Haiti’s southern peninsula, LFBS Agronomist and Outreach Team provided training and supplies so that families could establish crops and reintroduce livestock, ensuring food security and goods to sell at market for income generation and healthy independence. Lush and varied food crops now grow in abundance. Sheep, goats and cows once again are able to thrive.
We will continue to support efficient, environmentally sound , sustainable agricultural practices. Strong agriculture development in the rural communities means strong healthy families and futures.
Vocational Training and Post-Secondary
There have been big steps for so many over the past year. As the youth gain basic education and confidence, vocational skills training become true options, as well as university for some. We have students in nursing and medical school and agronomy studies. Over the summer we were able to hire many of our skilled youth for construction and other work.
Our focus on vocational training and post-secondary will continue to grow as the youth embrace the outcomes of their dedicated studying and see goals becoming fulfilled can be their reality.
LFBS Land Building Progress
Increasingly effective and efficient operations include developing and building on our own land. The draft plans for three phases have been developed and permits to begin work on Phase 1 are being finalized. The costs for this multi-year, multi-phased project will be separate from the funds and expenditures of LFBS core Programs and Services.
This year, even before construction could begin, we were able to grow multiple crops that we harvested and produced on our property for distribution to families and use in our Transitional Safehouses.
Over the next year, the well will be dug, a bridge built and the LFBS office and medical consultation clinic completed (Phase 1). The well will also provide safe water to the families living in the area. We will continue to grow and harvest crops from the land of Phases 2 and 3. We will be able to hire youth and provide further employment opportunities, and make strides toward increasing the efficiency and sustainability of our operations into the future.
PERMITS have been FINALIZED to dig our safe-drinking well, build a bridge and medical consultation clinic
An Ongoing Success Story
Kerline spent years in a corrupt orphanage. As a young teen, she was responsible for parenting several toddlers in the orphanage, while her own basic needs were horribly neglected. Once rescued, Kerline spent time living in the LFBS Transitional Safehouse before reconnecting with her family. Her mother had died when she was young, and her father was handicapped – so even once reunited, she was the one trying to support her father. Shortly after, her father died. She remains reunited with other family members, yet has always had a level of maturity and drive to support herself, as well as those around her.
“This is what LFBS dreams of accomplishing: raising and empowering children not only to be able to live well themselves, but to help others.”
Kerline is one of the youth in our Business Start-Up Program who has demonstrated superior motivation, creativity, work ethic and management skills. She is constantly changing and improving her business, selling at local markets on weekends and after school. Although she is a full time high-school student, she attends English and Cooking classes in her spare time, while also managing her small business. Despite her difficult past and the fact that she’s lost both of her parents, Kerline has thrived due to her personal motivation. She has been so successful that she used her income to support her niece’s school fees.
LFBS Hospital Child Protection Agent
After Hurricane Matthew, we hired Emmanuel (‘Manno’) as our child protection agent, stationed at the pediatric ward of the local general hospital that serves the southern peninsula. His presence in the pediatric ward and maternity ward each day quickly reduced the rate of children being abandoned from three to four per month, to just one case in six months. Not only does Emmanuel prevent abandonment and trafficking of children in the hospital, but once a child is abandoned, he notifies the local authorities and ensures that child receives care.
48 vs. 2
the rate of child abandonment and trafficking has been reduced from 48 children per year to just two since LFBS stationed an agent at the local hospital
Emmanuel is willing and happy to work on any day, at any time. He truly cares about the children’s lives and gives himself completely to his work. Emmanuel has saved many precious lives by being a voice for those children who are abandoned and forgotten. A recent example involves a little boy named Christo-pher who was left in near-death conditions in the hospital and ignored by hospital staff. Emmanuel stayed at this boy’s side all day, advocating for his care, until LFBS was able to coordinate with an air ambulance and send the child to a special malnutrition clinic in Port au Prince via helicopter.
While at the hospital, Emmanuel also identifies children whose parents can’t afford medical care, and facilitates LFBS assisting them to prevent abandonment and support healing and health.
Along with his key responsibilities, he is always willing to help with ANYTHING we need, whether it’s driving, accompanying other staff, or feeding children. He is a wonderful addition to the LFBS team—always positive, helpful and making those around him laugh with his joyful, friendly demeanor.
LFBS STRIVES TO HELP CREATE A WORLD IN WHICH:
A child who is a victim of exploitation, abuse or any other form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment will receive physical and psychological recovery and social reintegration
Such recovery and reintegration will take place in an environment which fosters the health, self-respect and dignity of the child, while reinforcing their family unit.
Haitians will be empowered and educated through available programs toward sustainable self-sufficiency.
CHILDREN LIVING IN HAITIAN ORPHANAGES
OF CHILDREN IN ORPHANAGES HAVE A LIVING PARENT WHO COULD CARE FOR THEM WITH COMMUNITY-BASED SUPPORT PROGRAMS
CHILD WELL-BEING AND DEVELOPMENT
We focus on physical and emotional well-being as well as access to education and vocational learning opportunities. Our Transitional Safehouses provide protection and healing for vulnerable, separated children who are in transition or are receiving specific medical care.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Our Outreach Program helps families with training and resources they need to preserve the family unit. This may include assisting with medical care, generating a source of income through business start-up, agriculture, trade and/or providing sound housing. Empowering families strengthens communities.
ADVOCACY OF CHILD RIGHTS
In collaboration with Haitian agencies, we raise awareness against child abuse and abandonment. We work to protect and empower victims of abuse and exploitation.
WHAT WE DO
Restore vulnerable Haitian children and youth to health, family and community. Empower families toward a future of dignity and self-sufficiency.
WHY WE DO IT
Because breaking the cycle of poverty CAN happen. Our programs and services work toward that reality. Because reuniting children with families rebuilds the family units that rebuild communities and society. This works by understanding individuals in the context of family units, community units through regular visits and opportunities for learning, listening and awareness. Our Outreach Program includes regular visitations and monitoring of progress of the children and youth and their families into which we have reunited them.
HOW WE DO IT
Having competent, dedicated Haitian staff. Working with Haitian agencies and local organizations. Providing Transitional Safehouse stays with nutritionally dense meals, medicines, tutoring, life skills training and safe shelter when needed.
Creating opportunity and access for education, vocational skills, small businesses, agriculture for individuals and families. Hosting medical clinics, abuse prevention workshops and specialized trainings to entire communities. Knowing community members, working alongside them.
Advocating and providing assistance with serious medical conditions, traumatic events and coping, social and human rights issues.
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We have lengthy, strong and respected relationship with the people, families, communities and partners we work with. We are collaborative and inclusive in all aspects of our work. Our staff are Haitian, led by the co-founder and Head of Haitian Operations who lives and works alongside them.
We act to empower, building self-sufficiency, dignity, self-worth. Our focus is being a catalyst for sustained change.
Every contribution counts — you can be a catalyst for change
At this time, LFBS donors do not designate their gifts to any specific program or child. Instead, we allocate your donations where they’re needed most. Every dollar makes a difference…
Garden startER kit
Business start-up TRAINING
Helps build a house
Ensuring expenditures are focused on the children, families and our key objectives is integral to our work and values.
We are a Registered Canadian charity under the Canadian Income Tax Act with CRA #84792 2101 RR0001 and in the United States as a 501(c)(3) 98-1224282.
Every dollar is accounted for and works hard toward making the difference now and into the future. A continued additional challenge of the US/Canada exchange rate.
Total expenditures from November 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018
Of our donations were used directly for Programs and Services expenses.
Education: $91,118 (13%)
Includes tuition, uniforms, supplies, transportation, vocational skills and staff training.
Operation of Safehouses: $80,285 (12%)
Includes food/water, rent, staff, maintenance, medical, dental, furnishings, depreciation, recreational activities.
Outreach & Community: $433,432 (63%)
Includes transportation, housing, staff, medical/dental, community education and training, communication, clothing, agriculture, micro-business start-up.
Administration: $77,043 (11%)
Includes Haiti office expenses and supplies, banking / exchange fees, accounting, shipping.
LFBS Land Building Development Project: $5,566 (1%)
Ensuring an efficient, sustainable future, we are building a permanent home for our offices, medical consultation clinic, Transitional Safehouses, skill-training complex, food crops.
Our Team and Leadership
Core Haitian Staff
Florencia Bell: Protection Agent, South
Mikerlange Blaise: Housemother, Girls’ Safehouse
Mauna Chamblain: Nurse & Medical Coordinator
Nadine Jean Claude: Secretary
Ronald Jean Claude: Driver, Protection Agent
Fabienne Francois: Housemother, Boys’ Safehouse
Samuel Josaphat: Protection Central Plateau
Nicolas Joseph: Staff Manager
Pierre Angelo Joseph: Agronomist
Medjine Lundi: Laundress
Fredner Mathurin: Driver, Protection Agent
Emmanuel Raymond: Hospital Outreach Agent
Islande Sainteis: Housemother, Boys’ Safehouse
Eluxon Tassy: Outreach Assistant
Wilner Noel: Protection Agent
Wattson Pierre: Administrative Assistant
Morgan Wienberg: Co-founder, Head of Haiti Operations
Board of Directors
Venny Ala Siurua
Kristen Bethel Lepine
Sarah Martin: Co-founder, Treasurer
Karen Wienberg: Chair
Our Partners and Supporters
Feedback from our partners and supporters…
“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. LFBS supports and works with BPM like no other NGO. LFBS is a partner that is unconditional, exceptional, irreplaceable.”
— Jean Robert St Louis, Chief IBESR (Haitian Police, Child Protection Brigade of the South)
“Since meeting Morgan and hearing her tell her story of courage, compassion and dedication to the cause, we have felt compelled to assist her and LFBS in any way that we can. The Rotary Club of Windsor St. Clair is proud to support LFBS as the organization continues to enhance the lives of families in Haiti.”
— Paul and Phyllis Charbonneau, Windsor-St Clair Rotary
"myTEFL is committed to donating a portion of our revenues towards worthy causes. We are blessed to have found an efficient, effective and genuine organization that matches our own values in LFBS. Since 2015, Morgan, Karen and the rest of the LFBS team have exceeded our expectations, and ensured our contributions are put to use in the best way possible. We typically support different charitable groups for a set period before moving on to a different project / partner. This is not the case with LFBS, and we hope to indefinitely continue working hand in hand together towards the betterment of the world."
— Taimur Khan, Operations Manager, myTEFL.com
“Little Footprints Big Steps is the greatest partner for IBESR in the South. They do not hesitate to assist at any time and are leaders in child protection and family services.”
— Bertrand Meridien, IBESR Southern Haiti Regional Coordinator (Haitian Social Services)
“My family traveled to Haiti with our young sons in 2012 and we saw first hand where our money went. We saw the bikes, chickens and a goat we bought for the boys we sponsor. Morgan and Little Footprints Big Steps have helped hundreds of Haitians to have a better life and improved their chances of a sustainable future. I will forever support LFBS.”
— Cindi Cowie and family, Haines Junction, Yukon