The child does not live on bread alone, but on everything that contributes to his complete well-being.
Approximately 25,000 children in Haiti live in orphanages. Poverty, hope for a better life or a disability are among the reasons why people send their children to orphanages. However, orphanages can do more harm to a child than good, especially when they are not classified as true orphans.
All children do not have the same opportunities, all young people do not have the healthy living conditions that allow them, without support, to have access to training, studies or apprenticeships and to plan for the future. They are still far too numerous to leave the school system without any diploma, to practice no sporting or cultural activity.
Effectively helping this target population, orphans and vulnerable young people, by opening up a positive future for them, avoiding the streets, forfeiture, trafficking and extreme poverty is a matter of great importance for the DAMABIAH orphanage.
The DAMABIAH Foundation has therefore initiated the DAMABIAH orphanage in Delmas 48, in order to participate and facilitate, as far as possible, in reducing the vulnerability of Orphans and Vulnerable Children.
Our vision is to be an educational center for the promotion and protection of childhood, effectively ensuring the overall development of the child.
Our goal is to offer Orphans and Vulnerable Children a roof, healthy food, adequate physical, psychological and health care and above all quality education and/or professional training for an autonomous and responsible adult life.
The mission of DAMABIAH Orphanage is to provide loving support to orphaned and vulnerable children, fostering a greater capacity for physical, spiritual and emotional healing.
The DAMABIAH Orphanage believes that no child should have to grow up in extreme poverty. We take a holistic approach to change in Haiti by providing refuge for abused and abandoned children, quality primary and secondary education, access to health care and economic opportunity through our donors.
At the DAMABIAH Orphanage, we care for orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with basic needs such as education, food, shelter, clothing and medical care.
The fundamental documents.
The DAMABIAH orphanage has statutes, a mission, a vision, management structures and general management rules.
An internal regulation which defines the organization of life within our structure for the personnel and for the placed children.
A code of ethics for educators based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The purpose of the educators’ code of ethics is to bring educators to respect moral and psychological values likely to give children confidence and security. The content of and compliance with this code leads educators to be reference persons for children.
A Children’s Code of Conduct which sets out the rules, limits and responsibilities of children in care and living in our orphanage/house.
The orphanage acquires the appropriate documents for administrative and financial management according to its needs.
These documents may be requested at any time for control by the State. They can also be used by networks of child protection structures and technical and financial partners who have provided support to our orphanage/house in the context of monitoring and supervision.
Any placement of a child in our house for orphans is subject to the production of a file including the following documents, as far as possible and according to the requirements of his problem. It is:
In all cases, the reception of a child in our orphanage is subject to obtaining a provisional placement order issued by the competent authority (court judge, or failing that, a placement order) available issued by an Officer of the Directorate of Judicial Police.
If for one reason or another, these authorizations have not been obtained, the orphanage managers request them within 72 hours of reception. The managers of the orphanage can carry out an investigation or seek the help of the Department of Social Welfare in order to justify the reception or placement. In the event of an emergency, we can proceed, as a precaution, to an administrative placement in our reception centre. We seize a justice of peace of Delmas in the 48 hours which follow our decision.
The individual file is confidential and classified at the level of the administration of the orphanage. It is regularly updated and supplemented in view of the events that occur in the life of the child.
Each child has a number that follows him during his stay in the orphanage. This number will be worn on everything that concerns him.
A register of all children must exist at the orphanage and must be properly and regularly updated. Children’s statistics must be properly kept and verifiable. The register includes information such as Surname and first names, date and place of birth, status/reason, and address of the person to contact.
The DAMABIAH orphanage promotes family reintegration and socio-professional reintegration, the natural environment of the child being the family. Only children for whom reintegration is not really possible will stay longer in our orphanage. Family reintegration and socio-professional reintegration are envisaged as soon as possible.
Our house is managed by qualified professionals and on the basis of a job description and profile sheet. Each recruitment is subject to a morality investigation, an assessment of skills and knowledge of child protection, and a few basic notions of child safety.
The people who supervise directly have at least the level of the 9th fundamental year for facilitators, health workers and a technical level professional diploma for specialized educators, teachers/trainers and social workers, or have a professional qualification in this area, especially with regard to security guards, vehicle drivers, cookers and maintenance workers.
The staff of the DAMABIAH orphanage is both part-time and full-time.
Recruited staff are subject to an annual health and performance check-up.
All agents must sign a declaration committing them to the security and protection of children.
Any employee who works in our orphanage/house has the obligation to read and sign the various texts governing conduct and morals within our orphanage/house. These include the rules of procedure.
Everyone who works in our house is entitled to:
The DAMABIAH orphanage plans and executes training and/or retraining in child protection for the benefit of its staff. All programmed agents are required to follow these training courses.
The staff can also benefit from training organized by child protection networks, by the Ministry of Social Affairs and by any other institution when these fall within the framework of the protection, security of children and promotion of the rights and responsibilities of the child.
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