where your money goes
98 cents of every dollar you donate goes directly to programming.
Provision of Basic Needs.
In the home, the children receive loving care round-the-clock and emotional support from our staff of two permanent house parents. The children attend the best private schools in the region, eat balanced home-cooked meals and have regular health check-ups at the FOTCOH clinic.
Access to Eduction.
Typically children arrived at BFI four to five grade levels behind. They receive intensive tutoring (2 hours/5 days a week) to advance their knowledge and skills, based on their age and how far behind they are. Half of our children place first, second or third in their class. We recently expanded to teach French and French grammar and math.
We hope to enhance the academic tutoring by expanding the after-school LEARNING to include:
• English Language and Grammar (Full English immersion Summer 2017)
• Critical Thinking (ESSENTIAL in an educational system based on memorization)
• Health and Hygiene
• Sports, Arts, Dance and other Extracurricular Activities
• Computers (in the near future)
A Loving Home.
Jacques and Vanise set the tone. Their love creates one big happy family along with thier own children who have become little siblings to the orphaned kids at BFI. Unlike many orphaned homes around the world, at BFI our children grow up with a model family. Jacques and Vanise are permanently on site in the home in Cyvadier, plus two tutors to work with the children after school (2 hours/5 days a week), as well as a housekeeper and gardner. Additionally volunteers regularly visit the Haiti program to help educate the children, provide specialized support services or help with distinct projects like planting a vegetable garden or teaching dance classes.
Building for the Future.
This is only the beginning. BFI Haiti is actively trying to purchase land to build a larger site. We are dreaming and planning bigger than that. Our aim, with your help and donations, is to build a community center and invite Think Tanks in to craft a sustainable plan for the future. We want BFI Haiti to create local businesses that can defray costs in the long term, teach our current and future children the marketable skills they need to thrive outside BFI Haiti.