GVCM provides a home for over 130 children. These children vary in age from toddlers to young adults and we strive to give them a better future than they could have imagined.
These kids come to us for many reasons. Many lost one or both parents in a catastrophe like Haiti’s 2010 earthquake or from disease. Some kids are dropped off by the Haitian social services department, some are the survivors of human trafficking schemes, some are mentally disabled. Some “social orphans” were abandoned by young mothers or even rejected by their families for accepting Christ.
We value family preservation and the vast majority of kids who attend GVCM’s schools and churches have loving families. However, there are no easy answers for the kids in our care. If it were not for our orphanage, many of these children would either be on the streets or serving a Haitian family as an unpaid domestic servant called a “restavek” – an arrangement which in many cases is little different from slavery.
Our orphanage is registered with the Haitian government and we maintain a full-time, professional social worker who is trained to evaluate the circumstances of children we consider taking in. If their situation changes, or a suitable home becomes available with a relative, we are happy to reintegrate them. If it doesn’t, we provide them with an education, trade skills, and, most importantly, introduce them to God’s love.
“Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Psalm 82:3