Ferrier Village is a place for at risk children to be rescued from a life of trafficking, restored to health, and renewed to become the next generation of Haitian leaders. Ferrier Village encompasses the construction of children’s homes, which provide an environment where children are housed, clothed, fed, educated, emotionally restored, and spiritually discipled, with the intention to train and equip them as future leaders. The goal is to provide holistic, residential care for every child so that each one will become a responsible and productive citizen of Haiti leading to the restoration of their communities.
Each Ferrier family has 4 children. In one house, there are 2 bedrooms, one for the mother and one for the children, (boys and girls living in separate homes). Homes are built by community laborers.
As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the 9.8 million living under the poverty line, Haiti struggles with taking care of its most vulnerable population. In 2008, there was an estimated 440,000 true orphans (those without both parents) in the country of Haiti. After the devastating earthquake of 2010, estimates exceeded 500,000. Today, it is difficult to determine the true number of orphans in Haiti. Outside of the true orphan crisis, there are also many other factors that contribute to at risk children in Haiti. Parents may not be able to take care of their children because of social, cultural, economic, and/or related health issues. The number of abandoned children in Haiti exceeds one million. For sake of clarification, the word orphan in this document refers to a child who has been
abandoned either by death or by parent’s choice. These at risk children are vulnerable to sex trafficking and child labor both in Haiti and across the border in the Dominican Republic.
There is a significant range of at risk children in Haiti. The two that are targeted for placement in Ferrier Village are those children vulnerable to serving as domestic servants in other Haitian households, an arrangement commonly known as restavèk (literally, “living with”), and children trafficked for sex and labor, the cross-border movement of Haitian children to work in the Dominican Republic. Since Ferrier is a border city, it is a prime location to rescue children in these vulnerable situations.
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