FreddyLink is a partnership between the community of Fredericton and communities in Haiti. Until now, we have been partnered with the COBOCOL and UDICC Area Development Programs (ADPs) where World Vision Canada is using a long term community development approach to overcome poverty. Both these ADPs are located in the central plateau region (See map below: COBOCOL is #1, UDICC is #3)
We are now welcoming a new ADP into the FreddyLink family. The Morne Pelee ADP is located close to Cap-Haitien, which is on the north coast of Haiti (#4 on map below). This newly initiated ADP is located in a rural agricultural area, similar to COBOCOL and UDICC.
Location of World Vision Canada Area Development Programs (ADPs) in Haiti
We now have some children in Morne Pelee which are available to be sponsored. Here is your opportunity to get in on the “ground floor” and sponsor a child in this newly initiated ADP. Just think, you could participate in the progress of your sponsored child, and this whole ADP, from start to finish!
The Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) program is a critical component of improving child health in Haiti. Without good health, children cannot grow and learn properly. This is particularly important in Haiti where cholera remains an on-going concern.
We visited the CAITE school in the UDICC Area Development Program of Haiti. We learned how this school was constructed thanks to a generous donation from a Canadian family, and support from World Vision. This allowed the school to be transformed from a simple shelter made from wooden poles and a sheet metal roof, to a well constructed concrete building.
A new initiative is taking place at this school under the WASH program. A new facility was constructed which allows children to properly wash with soap and water to reduce the risk of disease. While this is excellent in teaching the children, it is also an effective way of having the children transfer this important information to the rest of their families, and as a result a large proportion of the local community.
While we may take washing our hands for granted here in Canada, it is important to recognize how critical this simple practice is to protecting the health of Haitian youth.
A Mother’s Club in the UDICC Area Development Program in Haiti is using a club approach to overcome malnutrition. We met today with one club whose 28 members meet on a monthly basis. Their goal is to develop a more balanced diet for their children using food sources which are most readily available in their community. The target is for children from 0 to 5 years old, but most children we saw today looked to be in the younger end of that age range. The members of the club share the cost to purchase food, and share in the food preparation. The club also tracks the progress of their children to make sure they are growing well. This particular club was chosen to receive additional training, and they are being used as a model that many other clubs can follow.
Mother’s club leader (centre) and two other club members
We talked to one mother who was there with her 20 month old daughter, the youngest of her four children. She was previously in another club, and this was her third meeting in this club. She said she really gained a lot from being in the club. She learned to provide her children with foods that increase growth, that increase strength, and that increase protection against diseases.
Mother and daughter in Mother’s Club
In a country where malnutrition has had such a devastating effect on child health, this club approach is proving to a very effective way of educating mothers and raising a healthier generation of children.