Welcome to Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc.
Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. is a Christian not-for-profit organization established to support the work God has begun to improve the lives of the children of Haiti. Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. seeks opportunities to promote the name of Jesus Christ and to reach unbelievers with the message of salvation.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, the most “food-insecure” country in the Western Hemisphere and the second most insecure in the world. Safe drinking water, adequate medical care and sufficient food are scarce. The 2010 earthquake took the lives of more than 316,000 people. The cholera epidemic has taken thousands more lives. Additionally, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases continue to be major causes of death.
Ministry Focus Location
Marre Blanche, Haiti is the specific location in Haiti to which God has called Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. It is the focus of their work and ministry. Marre Blanche and the surrounding Baie d’Orange community are among the poorest of the poor in Haiti. When founders, Richard and Iva Presberry, arrived, the Marre Blanche school had 300+ students in a cramped storage room with uneven dirt floors. The overflow of students sat on benches outside or inside the church.
Why Marre Blanche
Hope for Caribbean Kids, Inc. was first drawn to this area through a 2009 article, “I Just Watched Them Die,” sounding the alarm in regard to their dire state. Violent hurricanes followed by severe droughts in the Baie d’Orange area resulted in starvations and more than 40 deaths, mostly children.
The organization is working with one 600-member church at Marre Blanche, Assemblee’ de Dieu de Corail Lamothe. In 1995 the church started a school for children pre-school age through sixth grade. The Haitian education department suspended the school from 1999 to 2002 due to unmet requirements. They had not met all government requirements which included among other things paying their teachers a $6 per day salary. Few parents are able to pay the $30.00 per year tuition. Children were encouraged to come to school even if they could not pay, but they often became discouraged and dropped out.
Today Teachers are paid monthly and children receive a daily nutrition snack. Lack of food, however, was reported as the greatest need of the community. Few children receive a meal each day at home. Children arrive at school weak and lethargic and have been known to lose consciousness due to severe hunger. Learn more…
Some children are abandoned by parents who move to the cities to search for work and a better life. Other orphaned children’s parents have died. Before teachers were paid monthly, they experienced low morale and chronic teacher turnover.
The organization purchased Marre Blanche’s only motorized vehicle, a motorcycle. They have few animals and no jobs. They live off the land. However, due to hurricane damaged crops, lost seed, extended droughts, depleted top soil, clay and rocky terrain they are scarcely able to feed their families, leaving them without additional produce they could sell at the market. There is no health care. When a child is sick, parents who can afford to pay must walk the child 3 ½ hours to health care. In years past people have died trying to walk to the nearest health care services facility.