Our Story

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.


Former street child, Job, now lives with his mother and father in a house provided by LFBS. We have supported his education since 2012. He has incredible artistic and academic talent.   Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Former street child, Job, now lives with his mother and father in a house provided by LFBS. We have supported his education since 2012. He has incredible artistic and academic talent. Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Our History

LFBS co-founder, Morgan Wienberg, first came to Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake. While volunteering in a Haitian orphanage, Morgan witnessed brutal abuse and neglect within a largely corrupt, for-profit orphanage system. She was shocked and heartbroken, but also inspired by the children’s resilience. She was motivated to help better.

Morgan co-founded LFBS in 2011 with a vision to work alongside Haitians, inside their communities and outside the orphanage system. By partnering with local staff, authorities, social services and like-minded nonprofits, LFBS has evolved to become a leader in child protection and family reunification. Our team of 20+ Haitians each bring unique skills, talents and a special love for their work with children. Together, we’re a family advocating to help build strong families and communities.


Our Outreach Program helps Haitian families with support and resources they need to preserve the family unit and pursue self-sufficiency.     Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Our Outreach Program helps Haitian families with support and resources they need to preserve the family unit and pursue self-sufficiency. Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Where We Work

In Haiti, corrupt orphanages recruit and traffic children from every corner of the country, but children in the South Department are especially vulnerable. LFBS is based in the southern city of Les Cayes but our outreach work and collaborations extend to more than 25 communities throughout Haiti. Once rescued and reunited, we go wherever children and their families need follow-up support.


 

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