Get to know your ADPs: COBOCOL

The COBOCOL Area Development Program, or ADP, will always have a special place in my heart. COBOCOL was the community we first partnered with Fredericton through FreddyLink. This ADP has a total population of about 20,000, living in four small villages and the surrounding rural area in the central plateau region of Haiti.

COBOCOL started in the early 2000’s. When we partnered with COBOCOL in 2010, the ADP was midway on their path to self sufficiency. At its peak, there were about 3,500 child sponsored in this ADP.

Our first visit to COBOCOL was unforgettable. To our surprise, we were greeted by a band playing the Canadian national anthem. What they lacked in technical skill, they more than made up for in joy and enthusiasm, and it was a very touching moment for us. We had the opportunity to meet the amazing ADP staff, and to hear them speak proudly and passionately about their work.

FreddyLink teams have had the opportunity to visit COBOCOL several times since that first visit. It has been inspiring to see the community grow and develop, to become more self-reliant and more entrepreneurial.

COBOCOL will soon be “graduating”. We are honoured to have been their partners over the past decade. It is obvious from our visits to the ADP that our investments have been paying great dividends, and look forward to seeing this community take hold of their bright futures.

A touching welcome to COBOCOL

 

Building relationships with local staff

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Get to know your ADPs: Three phases to self sufficiency

Area Development Programs, or ADPs, are the way in which World Vision delivers long term community development in Haiti, and around the world. World Vision identifies communities in severe poverty, and over the course of about 15 years, takes the community from poverty to self sufficiency. This proven approach takes place in three phases.

In the first phase, World Vision engages the community and develops trust. A community structure is developed, one that gives the community a voice. The community then develops a plan, tailored to meet the specific needs of their community, that will identify their path to self sufficiency.

In phase 2, the community members implement their plan with the support and encouragement of World Vision. This approach empowers community members, encourages them to take on responsibility for their community, and develops leadership skills.

In the final phase, World Vision support is phased out, and community members take on full responsibility for their community. The end result is a community which is now self sufficient.

This community based development model is funded through child sponsorship. When you sponsor a child through World Vision, you donation goes to support the community development plan for the ADP in which your child lives. This ensures that your donation will have a lasting impact, by helping bring an entire community to self sufficiency.

 

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The joy of watching children grow

One of the real blessings of being a child sponsor, is to see your sponsored child grow and mature. Take our sponsored child, Obenky, as an example. The first picture of Obenky was taken shortly before we sponsored him in 2009, when he was six years old. The second picture was taken nine years later, when Obenky is now a fine young man. Each year we receive a photo and a report on how Obenky is doing. It is so rewarding to see him grow and mature, knowing we are making a difference in his life and in the life of his entire family.

Obenky 2009

Obenky 2018

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FreddyLink Impact in Haiti – a 2016 Update

What impact has FreddyLink and World Vision had in Haiti? This video lists some of the important progress that has happened as a result of your generous support.

 

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