Did you know that nearly 1,000 children under age 5 die every day from diarrhea caused by contaminated water, poor sanitation, and unsafe hygiene. But we believe the global water and sanitation crisis can be solved within our lifetimes. That’s why World Vision is focused on providing clean water and sanitation to every person in every community we work in, including the most vulnerable populations in the hardest-to-reach places. This work is more important now than ever, since clean water is essential for handwashing and disinfection to prevent the spread of diseases like COVID-19.
Child sponsorship through World Vision is a wonderful experience which allows you to connect on a personal level with an individual child. It is so rewarding to receive pictures and letters from our sponsored children. The sponsorship experience can last for many years, and it can feel like a real loss when it comes to an end.
There are many reasons why child sponsorship can come to an end. It may simply be that the child is now old enough that they are no longer sponsored, or it may be that the family has moved out of the area supported by the Area Development Program (or ADP) that takes care of the sponsorship.
The end of a child sponsorship may also signal good news! When the community in the ADP achieves self sufficiency, the child sponsorships are no longer needed to support the community and are phased out over time. For example, the COBOCOL ADP in Haiti has come to the end of their community development process, and the child sponsorships have been ending slowly over the past year or so while the community is in transition.
When your child sponsorship ends, World Vision will contact you, and offer you another child to sponsor. If you sponsor a child in Haiti through World Vision and FreddyLink, you should be offered another child living in Haiti. If not, you can contact Bernie Zebarth at FreddyLink at info@FreddyLink.com and we will make sure you are offered a child to sponsor in Haiti. All new sponsorships in Haiti through World Vision and FreddyLink are now in a new ADP called Morne Pelee. Morne Pelee is located near Cap Haitian on the north shore of Haiti.
World Vision is responding to the COVID-19 crisis internationally, but also at the local level within individual communities. Click here for an update from the UDICC Area Development Program in Haiti explaining how World Vision is helping children and their families respond within their local communities.
As part of their Make a Difference This Christmas initiative, the congregation of Smythe Street Church raised nearly $10,000 for the FreddyLink Water is Life fundraiser. These funds will be used in the Morne Pelee Area Development Program to to help provide safe and accessible water, construct water stations & latrines and rehabilitate wells to create real and lasting change for Haitian families.
Our fundraiser will contributes to the WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) program, a key priority of World Vision Haiti in addressing poverty. Access to clean, safe water, and proper sanitation and hygiene, and key pillars supporting any community. Our contributions will build upon recent progress under the WASH program in Morne Pelee, including the examples below.
I am thankful to have a well with a hand pump in my neighborhood. We used to walk nearly 45 minutes to get water, but now it is available close to home”, says Aliette, 11 years old (blue shirt with anchor)
I am happy to have the chance to wash my hands at school. I will continue this practice to protect myself from germs and encourage my friends to do the same”, says Chalantia, 7 years old (washing her hands).