We take a holistic approach to child protection and sustainable family development.
First we help children in urgent, dangerous situations. Then we help their families and communities take care of each other.
Child Protection and Care
Our Transitional Safehouses... LFBS operates two separate Transitional Safehouses for boys and girls in the southern city of Les Cayes, Haiti. The children are most often rescued from emergency situations, abusive institutions or dangerous street conditions. They are referred to our temporary care by local authorities.
The Transitional Safehouses operate 24-hours a day to provide protection and healing while we work with local and national authorities to reunify them with their families or find alternative community-based care. While in transition, our team of local LFBS staff focuses on the children’s physical, mental and emotional well-being with medicine, nutrition, education and — most of all — loving care.
Beyond the immediate benefits for vulnerable children, the LFBS Transitional Safehouses build capacity for Haitian social services so they can react to emergency situations by moving children to our Transitional Safehouses.
Family and Community Development
Our Outreach Program... We believe that empowering families strengthens communities. Our Outreach Program helps Haitian families with training and resources they need to preserve the family unit and pursue self-sufficiency.
Working with local authorities and organizations, we provide a range of specialized programs and critical services including:
Family reunification, strengthening, mentorship and mediation
Basic education support for school registration, tuition, uniforms, books and literacy tutoring
Vocational trades training and post-secondary education
Business start-up programs to encourage self-sufficiency
Agriculture and livestock farming to ensure food security and income opportunities
Medical care and supplies, mental health and nutritional care
Abuse prevention workshops to educate and create proactive communities
Housing assistance (construction and renovation)
Human Rights Advocacy
We work with Haitian government agencies and international organizations to educate, promote and activate change for children, women, men and families who are prone to abuse and exploitation. LFBS has become a recognized champion and change-agent for human rights in Haiti and around the world.
Historical progress is happening… Working with IBESR (Haitian Social Services) to document children and conditions in orphanages was a big step towards these aims. LFBS was invited to participate in a historic jury process to evaluate Haitian orphanages as part of a national, actionable audit to shut down abusive institutions and shape future policy.
Other notable recent work includes:
Contributing to the “Report of the UN Secretary General on the Status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child 2019”
Violence prevention and community outreach training with the regional child protection network (GTPE)
Facilitating identity documentation such as birth certificates
Legal support for children’s rights violations
Legal action, medical and psychological follow-up for sexual abuse victims
Pediatric Protection Agent
Our dedicated child protection agent is stationed at the pediatric and maternity wards at the local public hospital. Our presence at the hospital has reduced the rate of child abandonment and trafficking from four children each month to just one case in six months. When a child is abandoned, or in cases where parents cannot afford medical attention, our agent notifies LFBS and local authorities to ensure the child can receive the care they need.