For many years, the number of children on the streets in the Haitian capital has been steadily rising. Increasing misery in the countryside has pushed people to leave the fields and squeeze themselves into slums. During the year 2004, some tragic events took place in Haiti: the first was the acts of violence perpetrated by the Chimères (henchmen of the old president Jean-Bertrand Aristide, organized in armed groups to carry out terror). The second was a series of floods as a result of the hurricane Jeanne. These events led to many children finding themselves orphans and/or without housing.