Children suffering from malnutrition receive life-saving care through our Malnutrition program. Health is restored and families are empowered through quality medical care and preventative education.

Our program works to reduce infant malnutrition and lower the mortality rate in children across Haiti by providing access to medical care for treatable illnesses. The program most often treats infants and children suffering from severe acute malnutrition, kwashiorkor, anemia, dehydration, and infectious diseases. It consists of two programs directed toward treatment and maintenance: 

In-Patient Program

We have a 25-bed in-patient medical center which specializes in malnutrition treatment. With only two in-patient centers in Northeast Haiti, we receive the majority of severely malnourished children from government and non-government hospitals. This center is staffed with one pediatrician and around-the-clock medical staff. Our nurses specialize in acute malnutrition care and have extensive experience treating the most severe cases of malnutrition. We follow the World Health Organization standards for inpatient treatment of the malnourished child and we also adhere to the National Malnutrition Treatment Protocol in Haiti. Our use of specialized malnutrition products such as F-75, F-100, ReSoMal, and Plumpy Nut/Medika Mamba allow us to provide the most up-to-date malnutrition treatment. This is truly a life-saving program, and we are seeing children go from death to life every single day in our Center! We also understand the importance of investing in the parents and caregivers, which is why we work hard to build strong relationships with those who come to us for help. We are able to provide a safe place for caregivers to stay while their child is receiving treatment, along with a hot meal each day. These parents are shown the love of Christ in their darkest hour and are given an opportunity to turn their lives over to Him.

Out-Patient Program

Consistently serving around 75 children at a time, our out-patient program works in collaboration with the Haitian Health Department by allowing children to be treated for malnutrition while remaining at home with their families. In 2017 we were able to treat 324 children through this program. Out-patient treatment allows children who do not have other medical complications to be treated for malnutrition while remaining at home with their families. The child comes for a weekly check-up to be weighed, examined and provided their malnutrition supplements. An appetite test is given during each visit in order to ensure that the child is capable of eating the high-calorie product at home. A consultation with the Pediatrician is also done on the first visit where antibiotics and other needed medications are given and a health plan is made. This program is ALWAYS accompanied by education. In fact, education is one of the main aspects. Each week our nurses run group classes with the parents to cover a different issue regarding malnutrition-related issues. They also provide individual education during consultations, as our nurses invest time every week to educate and empower families.

Prevention

Malnutrition prevention is something that has always been a part of our program, but we are now putting much more focus on it. We have all heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” There are THREE practical ways we are stepping up our game to ensure we are working on prevention:

  • Moringa Program – Moringa is a superfood that grows easily in Haiti and helps prevent anemia and many other vitamin deficiencies. We have implemented our first program in the remote village of Baie d’Orange where we established an out-patient malnutrition center this year. We are able to plant and grow many Moringa trees, and have distributed seeds and trees to families in the program. We provide education on the benefits of this plant, how to properly grow it, and how to incorporate Moringa into their every day diet. (All Moringa is provided by Jen Wride at Bonne Terre Haiti.)
  • Prenatal Vitamin Distribution – We recently received a grant from Vitamin Angels that will allow us to provide prenatal vitamins to 6,000 women in 2019. We have partnered with the local government hospital in Ouanaminthe where most women in our village give birth and have started distributing prenatal vitamins to all pregnant women who come through their program. The main goal is to prevent anemia and other vitamin deficiencies in pregnant women which will in turn have a great impact on preventing malnutrition.
  • Education – Education is weaved into every aspect of what we do. We hold formal education classes every single day in our hospital, we educate caregivers on a one-on-one basis, and we partner with nurses in rural areas to provide health education deep in the mountains of Haiti.

The goal of our Malnutrition Program is to provide access to quality medical care, proper treatment, and education to Haitian communities to help prevent future cases of malnutrition. Our prayer is that by serving those currently suffering, we would successfully educate families and communities and ultimately lower the number of children suffering from malnutrition in Haiti.

We follow both the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines and the National Malnutrition Treatment protocol for treating malnutrition in Haiti. Our programs include the use of antibiotics, nutrient dense formula, and Medika Mamba ®, a locally-made ready-to-use therapeutic food by Meds & Foods for Kids. This treatment method provides each child with proper vitamins and nutrients to help them heal and grow stronger.

Recent News

Monthly Update + Crisis in Haiti

MONTHLY UPDATE

Dear Friends,

As many of you have heard, the crisis in Haiti continues to get worse and the country is preparing for a possible COUP. The opposition party continues to wreak havoc and vows to not stop until the president leaves. Our president has made it clear that he has no intention of leaving and is prepared to fight back. Food, gas, and clean drinking water is scarce. There are road blocks throughout the entire country, making it nearly impossible to travel. Businesses have shut down, hospitals can’t function, and the Haitian people are tired and desperate.

Many missionaries have left the country. Those that remain are on lockdown, rationing the little bit of fuel they have left for their generators and vehicles. We are also rationing our fuel, and we only use our generator a few hours a day, in order to charge our batteries for the medical center.

Our amazing staff has prepared an emergency plan and several of our medical teams have volunteered to remain on campus if matters get worse. Though the riots are close, our town continues to function without violence. The chaos we experience at the border is from hundreds of people trying to purchase gas in the Dominican Republic.
We know this is a continual battle, but that is why we are here. We LOVE Haiti and we are praying for a peaceful resolution. Please join us in prayer.

With God’s guidance and your generous help, we will continue to meet the needs of each child that is entrusted to the care of Danita’s Children and seek new solutions for the problems they face. As such, the programs and services of Danita’s Children are continually expanding and breaking ground into new areas, all with the mission to rescue, love and care for orphaned and impoverished children in Haiti.

Thank you for helping us change Haiti, one child at a time.

THERAPY ROOM FOR OUR SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN

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Since June, the children in our Special Needs Home have been spending time each day in their therapy playroom at our Medical Center where each child receives physical therapy and lots of fun, creative time!

SHINE CONFERENCE 2019

Every year Shoreline Church hosts its very own SHINE Conference for the women in Haiti. This year they welcomed both men and women to a conference to “Awaken” their God-given dreams and callings. Men and women filled the church to hear the word of God. Thank you, Pastors Rob and Laura, and the Shoreline team. Your investment is helping us bring hope to Haiti.

MOUNTAIN OUTREACH TRIP – BAIE D'ORANGE

Recently our Mountain Outreach team partnered with local medical professionals in the mountains in North-East Haiti to provide medical care to over 150 children! In rural regions, the rates of malnutrition are high and the availability of medical care is scarce. We want to thank Margaret Nemethy and our entire team for coming alongside the Baie d’Orange community and helping children overcome malnutrition!

YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

Our Youth Pastor, Dave, organized and hosted a week-long Youth Leadership Event for 110 teenagers! This event was led by some of our older kids who spend countless hours preparing each week for Sunday School, our Wednesday night services and special events such as this one. We are excited to share about the community they’ve built to encourage, lead and disciple others in their relationship with Christ. We love seeing each of them use their God-given gifts and talents to impact their generation!

NEW COLLEGE STUDENTS

We are so excited to share that through the generous support of sponsors, three of our children, Andre, Katiana, and Shandely have each embarked on new journeys and are attending college in the U.S. this year! Andre became part of our family when he was just seven years old. After leading our children’s ministry on Sundays for the past couple of years, he continues his journey and dream to become a pastor. He is currently attending college this fall at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.

Katiana became part of our family after the earthquake in 2010 when she was just 13 years old. She now lives in Washington where she is studying Engineering at Spokane Falls Community College. We are so grateful for her host family where she is able to focus on her studies and is supported with people who care for her and want to see her succeed. We are so excited for you, Katiana!

Shandely was only five years old when he became part of our family. This fall he began attending Eastern Florida State College with an emphasis in Business Administration and Management. In a recent personal vision essay, he shared:

“After I complete my studies, I will return to Haiti and start helping my community and my country. I want to be able to serve my people with what I learn in university and start creating job opportunities for people so they are not in the same cycle of poverty.”

Andre, Katiana and Shandely are only three shining examples of success among many of Danita’s children, as they each have had their lives completely transformed due to the Lord’s great provision and protection.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES!

Last month we celebrated our sixth graduating class as they made their way across the stage and received their diplomas. We are so grateful for each sponsor who has invested in a child’s life through our Children’s Homes or School. Without your partnership, we would not be able to support each child who graduates and steps forward into their calling and future.

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2018 Year-End Review!

2018 WAS GROUNDBREAKING.
CHILDREN WERE RESCUED.
FAMILIES RESTORED.
AND LIVES WERE CHANGED FOREVER, ALL OF THIS BECAUSE OF YOU!

YOU are the change this Christmas season!

This Christmas there are FOUR ways to change the life of a child through one of our new or expanding initiatives. We believe it starts with ONE person, just like it did 20 years ago, and we hope you will be that ONE.

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