Who do we help?
R2S concentrates on helping the forgotten children, those children from six months to five years of age. These children live in abject poverty and are too young to attend public school, resulting in minimal access to essential food and educational services.
Research has shown that the provision of early care experiences for this age group can expand a child’s capacity to learn and lead to dramatic improvements in long term quality of life. Our goal at R2S is to promote healthy mental and physical growth during these formative years.
Why do we help?
Imagine coming into this world amongst disaster, displacement, sickness, and mourning. At the age of three, your home is an overcrowded camp where shelter, clean water, and sanitation are luxuries you have never known. Never having met your father and your mother absent for many hours of each day desperately begging for what little means would hopefully sustain your survival, you are alone. You meander the dangerous streets unaccompanied, in a country with the highest rate of infant and child mortality. You risk abduction and being sold into child slavery for the cost of a pair of shoes only to walk miles to the nearest clean water source.
Trapped in a silent emergency, this is the reality in Haiti; where generations of forgotten children have been born and raised in poverty amongst natural disaster, disease outbreak, political strife, social unrest, economic crises and nutrition insecurity.
How do we help?
Through a direct approach, R2S aims to provide new hope to underprivileged children through the establishment of quality childcare centers. R2S’s centers are designed to promote a higher quality of life through the provision of programs, which focus on Nutrition, Education, Healthcare, and Creative Employment.
Rise2Shine ofﬁcially opened their doors in Fond-Parisien, Haiti on 11-11-11. The center provides Haitian families with the unique opportunity to eat, learn, work and grow…. all under one roof. Through the generous support of our donors, we are committed to bringing hope to the millions of suffering children worldwide.
With your help, we can make this possible. To ensure a better future for our children, please click here to donate.
“Before, I did not have enough money to send my child to school. Now I see my son come home smarter everyday and he is gaining weight since he eats three times a day now!”
~ Mother of Rise2Shine student