Chances for Children has partnered with the Apparent Project http://www.apparentproject.org/ to help address Haiti’s orphan crisis at the root of the problem.
The women in our Artisans program use discarded materials such as cereal and cracker boxes, oil drums, and trash paper to create beautiful “upcycled” pieces of jewelry. While redeeming the Haitian landscape, these women are also bringing new hope to their families, by earning the means to pay for their children's food, shelter, and education. That means less orphans, less crime, less garbage, less stress, and a whole lot more beauty.
The vast majority of Haiti's "orphans" have not been orphaned by parental deaths, earthquakes, hurricanes, or floods, but are children of living parents who gave them up simply because they knew that an orphanage could feed their child. Lagging adoptions, overcrowding, and lack of accountability has made many orphanages less than adequate homes for children, who often develop severe emotional problems. Our goal with this program is to help Haitian families stay together. Skill development and employment addresses the needs of families before they are at the point of desperation, driven to give their children to an orphanage because of extreme poverty. A micro-credit program is underway for these women to take their business to the next level and to encourage other women in their efforts.