WHO WE ARE
Caribbean Children’s Foundation was founded as a means to help children living in the countries of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization.
A mere 700 miles from Florida, Haiti shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
"The average income in Haiti is about US $5 per day." Many children are orphaned every day in Haiti. The reasons can be financial, the inability to care for children, the death of one or both parents, among other reasons.
"The life expectancy of a Haitian at birth is 64.2 years, the median age is 22.7 years." Due to disease and malnutrition, lives are cut short. "Only 60.7% of people over the age of 14 are literate. There is a shortage of skilled labor and an abundance of unskilled labor. Many do not have access to electricity, clean water, sanitation, or medical care."
Quote Source: The World Factbook – Central Intelligence Agency (8/2018)
HOW WE STARTED
One cannot travel to Haiti without being touched in one way or another. Maybe you would be repulsed by the smell of urine, the piles of trash, or the overwhelming sights of poverty. Maybe you would be thrust into a “How can I help?” mode by the sights of dirty, hungry and abandoned children. The latter was what happened in the hearts of four friends who had traveled to Haiti, and were personally compelled to help make a difference in the lives of children living in Haiti.
Founder and Executive Director Nora Léon and husband Gerson Léon
WHAT WE DO
Praying to make a difference in the lives of children.
In 2003, a 501(c) (3) tax-deductible organization was born with the initial purpose of obtaining sponsorships for children living in orphanages of the Caribbean.
Since that time our outreach has grown due to additional needs that have come to our attention. CCF now works to obtain sponsors for the education of children and young adults and to obtain medical care for critically ill children. We are also working in a remote community to construct a school, an orphanage and a medical facility.
On the horizon is assistance to children living in the bateys of the Dominican Republic. Bateys are communities of families working as slaves in the sugar cane fields. Their housing is inadequate and substandard, many times on the cities' dump sites. A majority of the community consists of illegal Haitians attempting to eek out a living for their families back in Haiti. As a result, children suffer from lack of food, lack of education and lack of medical care. Sponsors will make it possible for us to launch a program to help the children of this community.