I've been to Haiti many times and I have never seen poverty like what exists there. Violetta's story, that I've included below, is a very common reality for tens of thousands of children. After seeing the impact that the Vertile Foundation has had since 2010, and considering what I would wish for my own children if they had been born in Haiti, I decided to join as Executive Director.
Vertile provides a safe home, food, medical care and an education for abandoned children with nowhere else to turn. Only 20% of kids in Haiti make it past the 6th grade and without an education, breaking out of poverty is virtually impossible. So in 2019, we opened a much-needed school and dramatically improved our ability to help even more kids break the cycle of poverty.
Our annual fundraising gala was cancelled this year due to COVID. This dramatically impacts our ability to take in, care for and educate children as our gala directly funds approximately 80% of our annual financial need. Please donate today - the money will go directly to helping kids like Violetta (see her story below), and relocating our home to a safer location.
All donations are tax deductible and I'll personally make sure the money is put to good use. We are a 100% volunteer organization, so your money will go directly to our programs in Haiti.
We urgently need to move our Kid's home to a safe location
Extreme poverty and civil unrest continue to fuel protests, roadblocks and violence in Haiti. Most of our kids have a 45-minute drive to school, and there is only one possible road through two very unsafe and desperate areas. Our kids have been leaving before sunrise to avoid roadblocks (as in the photo above), but they are stopped in the car at gunpoint and told to turn around with increasing frequency. So we are accelerating our plans to rebuild our home within walking distance of the school. We now have the land and we are raising money for the construction. As we expand the capacity, we can move more of our kids to the safer location.
Simply put, this will completely change the lives of our kids, allowing them to live in a safe environment with clean air, grass and trees. They will be able to walk to school without the fear of seeing a gun pointed at them, and they'll be able to be kids again.
Help us take in more children like Violetta
Violetta's story is an all-too-common one in Haiti. Her mother couldn't find work or food, and was no longer able to breastfeed when Violetta was just four months old due to malnutrition. Desperate, alone and unable to care for her child, she abandoned her with a local woman, hoping that she could find her food.
Recently - after complaining about foot pain - her caretaker passed away suddenly before she could get to the hospital. Violetta was only 7 and had no one. We took her in and she is attending school for the first time, catching up on her eating, and enjoying all of the attention and love from the other kids.