We are opening a home for ill and malnourished infants and young children… and their moms.
Our ministry will bridge the gap for mother’s with little hope, and no means to pay for food or medical care.
So many of Haiti’s families cannot afford to pay hospital fees or purchase medication for their children. The sad reality is that many of these children lose their lives to preventable and treatable conditions including malnutrition, diarrhea, and pneumonia.For a family that is already struggling to eat, the price of healthcare is impossible to front. On occasion a desperate parent will turn to an orphanage, a boko (Haitian witch doctor), or borrow money that they will never manage to repay. Families in a slightly higher economic bracket might sell all their possessions or the family cow to pay for a hospital care. With each health crisis an already impoverished family becomes more and more at risk. Usually it is the smallest and most vulnerable that suffer. What if we were able to remove that burden and offer an opportunity to break free from the cycle? What if instead of spending several months in and out of the local hospital or turning to an orphanage we were able to provide free healthcare and free health education in a safe and uplifting environment…
Cap Haitien, Haiti, where the number of true orphans is shockingly low and the number of families struggling to get by is overwhelmingly high.
The child will receive everything he or she needs to recover from severe malnutrition while still in the arms of the person that loves him most. Education will predominate as each mother is given the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of her child’s condition. In coordination with a curriculum that covers subjects in health living, good nutrition, sanitation and disease prevention, mothers will practice these principle while taking responsibility for their child’s recovery. The chance to see her child grow to a healthy weight and recover from infection as a result of her diligent care is a hopeful and rewarding experience for a Mom that may have been feeling helpless and defeated.
Together during the 3-month recovery and empowerment program Mothers will share in the cooking and cleaning responsibilities. As the women learn about nutrition they will be invited to cook healthy meals with foods they have helped to grow. And after learning business principles, financial stewardship, and how to establish a business plan they will get to participate in a micro-credit program that will be their ticket out of the cycle, a way to begin earning income for their families.
The goal is to empower and encourage these women through relationship, education, and skill building, specifically in agriculture. The goal is to help not just one child, but entire families and communities. Imagine the joy these women will experience when they are able they are able to send their 7-year old to school for the first time. Imagine their sense of dignity when they are able to assist their neighbors with basic health care concerns.
Healthy babies, educated mothers, sustainable businesses and most importantly, strong families.
Second Mile Ministries will begin by purchasing land and a vehicle and proceed to:
- drill a well
- acquire a generator
- lay the foundation for plumbing and electricity
- build housing for long-term staff and a building that will accommodate up to 12 mother/child pairs