Our Work

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.


 
 
Children of all ages are able to have safety and loving care at LFBS Transitional Safehouses.   Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Children of all ages are able to have safety and loving care at LFBS Transitional Safehouses. Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Protect

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.


 
 
Parents who participate in our small business training program receive capital to start generating some income. Here, a mother is selling laundry supplies.   Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

Parents who participate in our small business training program receive capital to start generating some income. Here, a mother is selling laundry supplies. Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

EMPOWER

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)


 
 
This little boy, with physical and mental special needs, was abandoned at the local hospital. LFBS was notified. Today, he has regular physical therapy, is cherished by his foster mom and is part of our outreach program.   Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

This little boy, with physical and mental special needs, was abandoned at the local hospital. LFBS was notified. Today, he has regular physical therapy, is cherished by his foster mom and is part of our outreach program. Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

ADVOCATE

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


 
 
The LFBS Pediatric Protection Agent is focused on ensuring little ones are not abandoned or trafficked at the local hospital.   Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

The LFBS Pediatric Protection Agent is focused on ensuring little ones are not abandoned or trafficked at the local hospital. Photo by GBP Creative. © 2019 Shot In The Dark Media.

PREVENT

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.

 
 

48 vs. 2

child abandonment and trafficking reduced from 48 children per year to just two. That’s still two too many...