About Danita's Children

Danita’s Children, Hope for Haiti Children’s Center, Inc.

Danita’s Children is a 501c3, non-profit organization, that rescues, loves and cares for orphaned and impoverished children. Founded by Danita Estrella Watts in January 1999, the organization began with a small house and fourteen children in Ouanaminthe, Haiti. Currently Danita's Children has more than 100 orphans. A school provides an education to over 300 children and more than 16,000 meals are fed each month through the feeding program. A church provides a place of spiritual hope and most recently, a medical center and hospital for children. Danita's Children exists to answer the need for orphan rescue and care in Haiti and around the world.

Danita's Children is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization with its stateside offices located in the Nashville, Tennessee area. The organization is governed by a board of directors, and is managed by a CEO, Executive Director, and a 80+ member staff.

  • 108
  • 18
    Years In Ministry
  • 10
    Full-Time Missionaries
  • 80+

This year, Danita's Children celebrates 18 years of rescuing, loving, and caring for orphans and impoverished children in Haiti. We are so grateful for the Lord's provision and faithfulness. He has blessed us with amazing children, faithful donors, and a wonderful staff.

Danita moved to Haiti 18 years ago with a couple of suitcases and a promise from God that He would be with her. Looking back, she never dreamed that Danita's Children would be what it is today.

"God gives us big dreams and the courage to live them. I am grateful today that He equips us with everything we need to answer the call on our lives."
Danita Estrella Watts

1998: Danita Estrella traveled to Haiti on a short-term mission trip.
1999: Danita moved to Haiti, not knowing what would happen.
2000: In January, the first orphans arrived.
2000: In May, the first classroom was started in a garage with 14 children.
2001: Hope for Haiti Children’s Center was founded.
2001: In July, Danita purchased the house she was renting for the orphanage.
2001: Land was purchased for Hope for Haiti Children’s Center.
2002: The feeding program was established.
2003: The church building was constructed.
2004: In October, 26 orphans arrived from Gonaives as a result of the floods.
2005: Construction of the boys’ dormitory and cafeteria was completed in December.
2006: Construction of a 3-story school building begins.
2007: In February, our new playground was installed.
2007: In September, 540 children walked through the doors of our new school building.
2009: Danita's Children celebrates ten years in Haiti.
2010: On January 12, 2010, a 7.0 earthquake hits the capital city of Port au Prince. Danita makes plans to rescue orphaned victims from earthquake and build a new orphanage to accommodate the new children.
2010: March, the church was transformed into a temporary dorm for 3.5 years for victims of the earthquae in Port-au-Prince.
2010: Spring, Dental Clinic is completed.
2011: Baby Rescue Program is started for malnourished children.
2011: Construction of eight new orphan-care homes begins.
2012: Brought 13 abandoned and orphaned little boys to our campus.
2013: Construction is completed on Danita's Children Medical Center.
2013: July, all of the children moved into their new homes.