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.
In Haiti, the life expectancy is less than 53, and 47% of the population lives below the poverty line with less than one dollar per day. In addition, the majority of Haitians do not have access to clean drinking water, and about 170,000 orphans and 65% of all children in Haiti suffer from anemia.
Jacmel : Chemins la Vie
In 2005, Prométhée Humanitaire decided to work to create the Fondation KROMA, to help children on the streets of Port-au-Prince and Jacmel, with the greater objective of opening a center to offer them housing, food, clothing, and medical help, as well as an education and cultural activities.
Following the aggression and departure of its director, our actions in Haiti have continued under the new statutes of Chemins la Vie.
Since the earthquake of January 12, 2010, we have been supported by the Ministries of the Interior, of Outre-mer, of the Collective Territories, and of Immigration. We have also been supported by the organization “Mais il est où, le soleil” (But where is the sun) to purchase land in Cyvadier, just outside the city of Jacmel, which was heavily affected by the earthquake, in order to take in 18 children.
We are actively searching for partners to construct a center that conforms to anti-seismic protocols.