One of Kids Alive International’s most challenging and needy sites is the country of Haiti—the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. Haiti is home to more than 9.5 million people in an area no larger than the State of Maryland. The poverty in Haiti is so extreme that it is nearly unimaginable--and the most heartbreaking of its victims are the children. Kids Alive serves these orphaned and abandoned children by giving them an education, nourishment, and a place to call home.
Helping the Children
Kids Alive began ministry in Haiti in 2002 and opened our first children’s home in Cap Haitien two years later, rescuing children who would otherwise have no future.
On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti near the city of Port-au-Prince. According to USAID, more than 230,000 people were killed as a result of the earthquake. The devastation and death caused by this catastrophe left thousands of orphans roaming the streets of the collapsed city —adding to the 300,000+ orphans in Haiti prior the earthquake. While many agencies and government organizations provided short-term relief, Kids Alive has developed a long-term strategy to help heal the children who have been left behind.
Since the disaster, the number of children in our school and homes has quadrupled. Kids Alive provides an education, nutritious meals, medical care and the love of Christ to these orphaned, abandoned, extremely poor, and hurting children. And the construction of the Haiti Children's Village to serve all these children is underway. It’s a large endeavor. But with the help of supporters, these young lives will be transformed from victims to Godly men and women who will be the future of Haiti.
2014 Summer Interns
Support Brent and Letitia Jefkins
Brent and Letitia Jefkins
With desires to serve in overseas missions for many years and a joint passion for working with children, Brent and Letitia Jefkins joined Kids Alive in 2010 after hearing God's call to serve Him in Haiti. Letitia was introduced to Kids Alive while working with Haitians in the Dominican Republic before she and Brent were married.
Brent holds a bachelor's degree in Business. He is a talented musician and is active in sports. He is serving with Kids Alive as Service Team Host. Letitia is completing a degree in Social Work and serves Kids Alive as Administrative Assistant/Independence Coordinator. Brent and Letitia are from Ontario, Canada and plan to serve with Kids Alive in Haiti for 2 years.
Support Erin Higgins
I felt called to Haiti long before I ever stepped foot in the country. In 2012, I had the opportunity to spend the summer there. I fell in love with the country and the people and I felt that my calling was confirmed.
I graduated from Grace College with an Elementary Education Teaching Certificate and I am excited to teach at the Kids Alive School in Cap-Haitien. There are three things that I am really passionate about: Jesus, children, and Haiti. What an incredible gift God has given me to combine these three passions at Kids Alive in Haiti!