Our Children

The Rescued.

Children are always in great danger in Haiti. There are sixteen children living at our Safe Home. Take some time to get to know our eight boys and eight girls, and please continue to pray for them.

Suzy

Suzy

Suzie was born to two teenagers who lacked the means, knowledge and desire to raise a child. When she was three days old, Suzie was left outside the front door of her father’s parents’ house. Both of her grandparents are in their late 70s and not really able to care for a baby, but they brought her…

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Suzie was born to two teenagers who lacked the means, knowledge and desire to raise a child. When she was three days old, Suzie was left outside the front door of her father’s parents’ house. Both of her grandparents are in their late 70s and not really able to care for a baby, but they brought her in just the same.

In September of 2014, Source of Life Ministries received information regarding Suzie and we conducted an investigation. Her living condition was horrible and we began the search for her mother to get her consent to release Suzie to us. When we could not locate the mother, we resorted to gaining consent from her grandparents. This is an extreme measure according to Haitian government, but it was necessary to save this little girl from deplorable conditions. She finally came to us in December 2014.

Alex

Alex

One of our newest arrivals, this sweet young man has only been in the home for about a year. For a while he would beg the house mothers each night not to send him back to the place where he was living before. He was reassured again and again that he was part of a new family…

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One of our newest arrivals, this sweet young man has only been in the home for about a year. For a while he would beg the house mothers each night not to send him back to the place where he was living before. He was reassured again and again that he was part of a new family and would not be sent back. In just a few months, he warmed right up and has begun to behave like an average 7 year old. Although he never attended school before, his teachers report that he is doing well.

The conditions where Alex was living were the worst we have seen in all the investigations we have done. He was born the youngest of eight children, but he never knew his father because he died suddenly when Alex was only a month old. Despite their hardships, his mother was able to continue raising them.

When Alex was only five, his mother died giving birth to another child. The siblings went to live with their grandmother who was already raising eight other children. Needless to say, there was very little food to be had among 17 people and the situation began to deteriorate.

Dennis Winand of Flame Ministry referred Alex to Source of Life Ministries. As the youngest, he was at a greater disadvantage. Immediately, it was determined that Alex was in a desperate situation and he was welcomed into the safe home.

Clerny

Clerny

This little sweetheart has a love of all things girly. When she first arrived in the home, she had a speech issue, but she has outgrown it and now talks a mile a minute! She loves attending school and is always eager to learn from the other children. Clerny was born in Carrefour on the outskirts of…

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This little sweetheart has a love of all things girly. When she first arrived in the home, she had a speech issue, but she has outgrown it and now talks a mile a minute! She loves attending school and is always eager to learn from the other children.

Clerny was born in Carrefour on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince. Her parents were unable to get along with each other and her mother eventually left. Her father would leave for long periods of time as well and leave her in the care of neighbors. Despite having adult supervision, Clerny remained close to starvation.

In 2008, Source of Life Ministries received a letter on her behalf. After an investigation, Clerny was among the first children to enter the safe home when it opened in February 2009.

Schinaider

Schinaider

This young man is very quiet and had some trouble adjusting to his new life at the home at first. By the grace of God, he has begun to find his place and is doing much better. Yet another of our little farmers, Schinaider enjoys tending the goats along with Billy and Compere. Born to a woman…

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This young man is very quiet and had some trouble adjusting to his new life at the home at first. By the grace of God, he has begun to find his place and is doing much better. Yet another of our little farmers, Schinaider enjoys tending the goats along with Billy and Compere.

Born to a woman with severe mental illness and three other children, the identity of Schinaider’s father remains a mystery. Unfortunately, due to her disease and mental impairment, she was often taken advantage of sexually by men in the community.

Several months after giving birth, her condition worsened and she was too unstable to take care of a baby. Schinaider was left with strangers who also did not care for him properly. He was malnourished and devoid of any other family that could care for him.

When Source of Life Ministries received a referral regarding this child, an investigation found him to be near starvation. He was released into our care and has grown healthier under the Lord’s provision.

Compere

Compere

This little comedian has an infectious smile and laugh that make it impossible to resist joining in. He is another of our little farmers and takes great care of the goats. While he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, he is enjoying a childhood he could have never imagined in his old…

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This little comedian has an infectious smile and laugh that make it impossible to resist joining in. He is another of our little farmers and takes great care of the goats. While he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, he is enjoying a childhood he could have never imagined in his old life.

As the youngest of three children, Compere’s father died while his mother was pregnant with him. She made the decision to leave him with her mother in Les Cayes while she moved with the older children to Port-au-Prince to find better conditions. Only a few months later, Compere’s grandmother died and his mother was forced to bring him to Port-au-Prince as well.

Their living conditions deteriorated even further and Compere was often subjected to starvation, humiliation and loneliness of his impoverished situation. He was left unsupervised much of the time and often went without anything to eat. After his mother’s death, an acquaintance reported his condition to Source of Life Ministries whose investigation confirmed the report and accepted him into the home.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

This little bundle of energy always has a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She is full of mischief and tends to get into trouble easily, but she is always quick to repent. Her laughter and bright personality make her a source of joy for those around her. Her life began under much…

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This little bundle of energy always has a smile on her face and a twinkle in her eye. She is full of mischief and tends to get into trouble easily, but she is always quick to repent. Her laughter and bright personality make her a source of joy for those around her.

Her life began under much harsher circumstances when her mother was attacked by six gang members on her way home. They took her to an empty building and repeatedly raped her. The memory of the violence led her to give the baby over to her own father.

Unfortunately, Gabrielle’s grandfather was already caring for five other children and needed to find better work to support them. He left for the Dominican Republic and left the six children to look after each other. A few of them were not much older than Gabrielle.

By the time Source of Life Ministries heard of the situation and made a home visit to investigate, Gabrielle was near death and in immediate need of intervening help. Today she flourishes as part of a loving family.

Nerlande

Nerlande

From her bright personality and eagerness to join in with the other children at the home, you would think Nerlande was just an average little girl. However, she suffers from hip dysplasia that presents itself in a rather obvious limp. Despite the condition, she doesn’t want to miss a thing….

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From her bright personality and eagerness to join in with the other children at the home, you would think Nerlande was just an average little girl. However, she suffers from hip dysplasia that presents itself in a rather obvious limp. Despite the condition, she doesn’t want to miss a thing. She loves to play with the others and even enjoys jumping rope. Nerlande is very smart and hopes to become a doctor.

Thankfully, she is now in an environment of support and encouragement, because disabled people in Haiti are not accepted into the culture. Nerlande’s disability was evident at birth and when she was a few weeks old, her mother wrapped her in cloth and placed her near a pile of trash. Fortunately, a friend of Nerlande’s father saw what had taken place and notified him.

Her father retrieved her and took care of her as best he could. Outside of the safe home with her father’s limited means, Nerlande would never have a chance for a normal life. We are blessed to have her as part of our family and look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for her.

Jean-Yves

Jean-Yves

This young man has always been a bit melancholy and withdrawn, but he has found new life since moving to the countryside. On recent visits to the home, Jean-Yves has been observed playing right along with the other children and generally settling in as a member of the family. His story is different from…

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This young man has always been a bit melancholy and withdrawn, but he has found new life since moving to the countryside. On recent visits to the home, Jean-Yves has been observed playing right along with the other children and generally settling in as a member of the family.

His story is a little different from the others in that he had parents for most of his life prior to entering the safe home. Jean-Yves was the youngest of six children in his family, and his birth was unplanned.

When his mother became pregnant, his father became upset and left the family. When Jean-Yves was 2 years old, his father returned. After his parents reunited, it came to light that his father was HIV positive. In 2008, Source of Life Ministries received a letter on behalf of Jean-Yves. After prayerful consideration, it was determined that he should be given the opportunity to have a better life.

Micka

Micka

This quiet young woman is always eager to lend a hand when help is needed. While she is not sure what she would like to be when she grows up, she is maturing into a lovely person. She is also a great soccer player and is always ready to jump in the game. While seemingly odd to…

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This quiet young woman is always eager to lend a hand when help is needed. While she is not sure what she would like to be when she grows up, she is maturing into a lovely person. She is also a great soccer player and is always ready to jump in the game.

While seemingly odd to many outside the country, Micka’s background is not unheard of in Haiti. She was constantly ill from the time of her birth, and her parents believed it was owing to an evil spirit within her. When her mother died a few weeks later, everyone in the family believed it was Micka’s fault.

She was severely neglected by members of her family, and in 2008 one of her relatives applied for her to be placed in the Source of Life Ministries safe home. An investigation into her circumstances yielded her eligibility and she was welcomed into a loving environment where she has blossomed.

Billy

Billy

Not only has this friendly young man had a growth spurt over the past year, he has developed a wonderful work ethic and a love for animals. He is one of our little farmers and enjoys caring for our chickens and goats. Billy was the youngest of nine children whose parents basically abandoned him due to a…

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Not only has this friendly young man had a growth spurt over the past year, he has developed a wonderful work ethic and a love for animals. He is one of our little farmers and enjoys caring for our chickens and goats.

Billy was the youngest of nine children whose parents basically abandoned him due to a lack of money to care for so many. In his neglect, this young boy had to leave home in the early morning hours to beg for food. Often, he would not return until late at night.

During Source of Life Ministry’s investigation into his case, it was found that he had no parental supervision and was on the brink of starvation. Since joining our family, Billy has been nourished in both body and soul and thrives.

Claudet

Claudet

This quiet young man has a heart for God and urges the other children to spend time each day with the Lord. He often leads their Bible studies and has become a pretty good preacher. He is doing very well in school and loves learning. We would not be the least surprised if he feels led to…

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This quiet young man has a heart for God and urges the other children to spend time each day with the Lord. He often leads their Bible studies and has become a pretty good preacher. He is doing very well in school and loves learning. We would not be the least surprised if he feels led to attend Bible College and become a preacher one day.

Claudet came into the Source of Life home after the earthquake in 2010, but his story begins before his birth when his father left his pregnant mother without money or a job and unable to pay the rent. She left her home and moved in with one of her sisters in the village where she grew up. When Claudet was 15 months old, his mother took him back to Port-au-Prince where his father saw him for the first and last time.

Without money to pay for expenses, Claudet and his mother were destitute and living in the streets. Her other sister lived in Port-au-Prince and reached out to let them live in her house. Claudet’s mother found work as a maid and was able to take better care of him until the family she worked for could no longer afford to pay her.

She quickly found another position, but the earthquake left her both jobless and homeless. When Jean Merine found them, Claudet was released into the care of Source of Life Ministries and has been a part of our family ever since.

Wood

Wood

This outgoing young man wears his joy on the outside. He is always the first to greet people at the door and eager to help in any way he can. His hobby is taking pictures, and he would either like to be a professional photographer or work in his nation’s government. Wood never had the opportunity to…

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This outgoing young man wears his joy on the outside. He is always the first to greet people at the door and eager to help in any way he can. His hobby is taking pictures, and he would either like to be a professional photographer or work in his nation’s government.

Wood never had the opportunity to get to know his parents. His father would not acknowledge him as his son, and his mother left the city to return to the countryside where she grew up. Wood was left to be raised by friends of his mother.

On the day of the earthquake, Jean Merine escaped the city with 25 children including those already living in the safe house. When they returned to the city a few days later, Jean began the search for parents of the children he had rescued. Most were found successfully, but Wood’s guardians could not be found. Source of Life Ministries opened its doors to him, and he has become a wonderful part of our family.

Dinia

Dinia

This lovely young woman is the little mother of the house. Her natural instincts are those of a nurturer and she cares deeply for the other children in the home. While she struggles with normal adolescent problems, she has the joy of the Lord in her heart and is maturing into a wonderful young lady. She likes school…

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This lovely young woman is the little mother of the house. Her natural instincts are those of a nurturer and she cares deeply for the other children in the home. While she struggles with normal adolescent problems, she has the joy of the Lord in her heart and is maturing into a wonderful young lady. She likes school and hopes to become a nurse.

Although her future looks bright, Dinia’s start in life was not. Her mother did not have the resources to care for a baby and left her abandoned when she moved to the Dominican Republic. Dinia’s father was also without resources and gave his daughter to his mother.

In 2008, Dinia’s grandmother heard that Source of Life Ministry was beginning the process of screening children to be brought into the home and reached out. Dinia was eligible and was brought from an environment where she was often left to fend for herself and find her own food to one of loving support and provision.

Guerby

Guerby

This handy young man can fix just about anything! We gave him a set of tools when we realized that he was fixing things around the house with only a screwdriver. He is very proud of his tools and loves to complete little maintenance jobs around the home. Guerby is a very quick learner and has an…

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This handy young man can fix just about anything! We gave him a set of tools when we realized that he was fixing things around the house with only a screwdriver. He is very proud of his tools and loves to complete little maintenance jobs around the home. Guerby is a very quick learner and has an interest in becoming an electrician. Two construction company owners have already offered him apprenticeships when he is finished with school.

Guerby was the oldest child of a large family, but he never knew his own father. He was left to his own devices to find food and most often received meals by begging or digging through trash piles on the streets of Carrefour.

When Source of Life began accepting applications in the summer of 2008, someone close to Guerby sent in an application on his behalf. After an investigation into his circumstances, it was decided that Guerby was eligible and he was released into our care.

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