Life for the World
Life For The World exists to provide hope and healing to the country of Haiti. Over the last 40 years, Haiti has gone through 80 different governments. Their landscape has been devastated by deforestation which has caused the soil to become infertile. Haitians need hope and help. Life For The World provides that through getting to know the Haitian people, teaching Haitians to value themselves and their heritage, and through building orphanages, sustainable living situations, and by partnering with hunger organizations.
Mike Fedele read a book about the conditions in Haiti in 2000 and decided he had to see for himself. Gathering his things together, Mike journeyed to Haiti where he spent 3 months. What he saw changed his life. After seeing first-hand nameless naked children begging for food, and speaking with the locals, Mike made the decision to help those that he could. Gathering the children he had gotten to know, Mike began providing them with food and shelter from his own income. What began out of impulse quickly grew as Mike bought property and began the Maranatha Orphanage and Primary School. What began with 8 children has grown to 160 children today who are clothed, fed, and educated at the Orphanage. Today, Mike returns as often as possible to assist in the organization, by managing a small staff and running the day-to-day.
Life For the World seeks to help Haiti in the following ways:
- Operating and supporting Maranatha Orphanage and School in Source Matelas
- Creating sustainable-living programs to empower Haitians to provide for themselves
- Providing life-skills and training to orphans re-entering the world
- Meeting, dancing, and singing with local Haitians
- Building meaningful relationships
The Struggles of the Haitian children are many. The average Haitian family lives on less than a dollar a day! The children are undernourished, under educated and generally under cared for. The heart of the Haitian parent is to care for their children, but they don’t have the means. In many cases, the parents give their children to other families hoping they’ll have a better life. But the reality is that the children become indentured slaves. This article entitled, “Haitian children sold as cheap labourers and prostitutes for little more than £50″ describes how Hatian children are sold into slavery.
History. Through the efforts of the BeCause Foundation and Child Helpline International (CHI), the seven largest and most reputable helplines in North America were brought together to explore solutions to the disjointed system of child crisis services. This resulted in the creation of the North American Alliance of Child Helplines (NAACH). NAACH was developed to ensure that children in the U.S. and Canada receive a consistent, professional response when reaching out in a crisis. NAACH’s vision is that all children are safe, supported, loved and reach their full potential, free of life threatening conditions. Crafting a charter with a dedication to non-competition, these national and regional helplines voluntarily agreed that the best way to serve children in crisis was to work in unison to create universal communication portals that direct children to the expert services of the NAACH member helplines. Together, NAACH members serve all issues impacting children. Very often, the child exists in a situation in which he/she is at risk yet is unable to identify it as such. Trained counselors understand these risk factors and work with kids, and often their parents, to navigate their problems towards a safe and supported solution.
Mission. NAACH’s vision is that all children are safe, supported, loved and reach their full potential, free of life threatening conditions. Crafting a charter with a dedication to non-competition, these national and regional helplines voluntarily agreed that the best way to serve children in crisis was to work in unison to create universal communication portals that direct children to the expert services of the NAACH member helplines. Together, NAACH members serve all issues impacting children. Very often, the child exists in a situation in which he/she is at risk yet is unable to identify it as such. Trained counselors understand these risk factors and work with kids, and often their parents, to navigate their problems towards a safe and supported solution.
Helpline services are a free resource open to all young people. Through the 121helpprogram, NAACH brings over 200 years of collective, professional crisis line experience in providing a single, and coordinated child/youth-focused crisis support service program via confidential, 24/7 phone (toll-free), email, chat and crisis text. Crisis service communication modalities are:
Website: In addition to a website (www.121help.me) that is rich in resources for children and youth, it also serves as a portal to crisis email and chat services.
Phone: Toll-free Phone Number: 1-855-201-2121 connects callers to one of the networked crisis lines for immediate assistance.
Chat: This service is available through the website and managed through Sight Max Live Chat and Monitoring Software for the Mental Health Industry.
Text (20121 keyword121help): The 20121 number is recognized as the first and only SMS number provisioned expressly for helping youth in crisis and is recognized by mobile carriers as the National Youth Crisis Textline. Additionally, mobile carriers have agreed to waive end user Mobile Originated messages, so that anyone who has a mobile phone is able to text 20121 and all user messages are free. This also ensures that youth who don’t have a text plan are able to text20121 and not be charged for those messages. To date, all major carriers have signed the agreement (AT&T, Verizon, T- Mobile, and MetroPCS) accounting for 95% of youth mobile phones.
Teach for America
Teach for America is growing the movement of leaders who work to ensure that kids growing up in poverty get an excellent education. This is accomplished by recruiting a diverse group of recent college graduates and professionals with a record of high achievement who work to expand educational opportunity starting by teaching for two years in a low income community. They also provide intense training, support and career development that help to increase impact and deepen their understanding of what it takes to eliminate educational inequality.