When one thinks of an orphanage, images of destitute, parentless children fill our minds. While many of the families of the children in orphanages are destitute, the children are NOT parentless. The parent/parents simply do not have the means to care for the child/children due to natural disaster, lack of job oppportunities, or lack of education. The Denim Project works with local agencies to keep families together through various means.
One way you can help keep a child, like Nadege, with her mother is by sponsoring a newborn/toddler. These gift bags include cloth diapers, onesies, flannel blankets, socks, shoes, and a hat to help impoverished mothers care for their newborn or toddler. These simple items are both practical and encouraging. By providing cloth diapers you are giving the gift of cleanliness for body and sanitation for the home. The gift of clothing encourages modesty and moderate protection from the elements. Shoes protect the feet from infection and parasites. Flannel blankets provide warmth and security. The basic items we take for granted with our own little ones mean the world to a mother struggling to provide food and shelter for her child. Your generosity can be the difference between a child being raised by her family or being left in the care of strangers.
The Denim Project also strives to provide longterm housing for families. Many families in Haiti live in tents constructed of tarps and tree limbs. This temporary structure provides little in the way of stability, security, or safety for a family. By providing a concrete home, families have secure shelterr that will protect them from the elements and those who would steal from them. A concrete home also provides a permanent home for a child to dwell in offering emotional as well as physical security.
In 2015, we built a home for Viergela and her children. You can read her story @ Viergela.
In 2016, we have raised funds to build a home for Frantznel and his family. You can follow his story @ Frantznel.
If you would like to contribute to A Home of Their Own click here.