Meet Our Partners
Children’s Place International (CPI)
CPI is the international arm of The Children’s Place Association, a not-for-profit organization located in Chicago, Illinois that provides care and services to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS. The mission of CPI is to improove the present and secure the future for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in resouce poor settings outside the USA. The goal is to help vulnerable children break the cycle of illness and poverty so they can grow to be healthy productive adults.
Konbit’s partnership with CPI assists in developing systems of support to help families meet the physical, cognitive and emotional development needs of children affected by HIV/AIDS. At the core of the Konbit/CPI programs are the Child and Family Support Workers (CFSW) They serve as the primary support and contact for the children and their care givers in the program. Care plans are developed for each family with the following three goals for each child. The goals are:
Healthcare/Nutrition: Each child receives regular medical care to address HIV/AIDS status and each child’s nutritional needs are met.
Education: Each school age child is enrolled in school and attending school regularly.
Emotional Health: Care givers address the child’s emotional needs of nurturance, love, guidance, predictability and safety by visiting the family regularly.
Currently there are 23 families enrolled in the program including 84 children.
Centre de Sante de Limonade – the State Clinic
The State Clinic is the community health center established in association with the Haitian National Health Services. The clinic works under the auspices of the Haitian government but there is very little funding from the government. The staff includes one physician, three nurses, a counselor and four community health care workers. They see approximately 500 patients per month.
Konbit provides funding for the four community health care workers. The community health care workers role is to improve community health through education, prevention efforts, referrals to other healthcare providers as well as immunizing children and adults by going out to the people in the community. In addition to visiting homes, the community health care workers conduct community meetings where they speak about family planning, the prevention of cholera, sexually transmitted disease and the spread of TB as well as providing general health education.
Meet Our Ajan Sante
Left to right: Raoul, Myrielle, Jean, and Darlyng
Konbit funds the stipends for four community health workers. These “ajan sante” are trained health workers and are connected to the local state clinic. The government clinic in Limonade has meager resources., so with our support, its outreach can be greatly amplified through the work of these ajan sante. They make house calls throughout the countryside checking on villagers. They identify new cases for referral to medical professionals. They organize community health meetings and disseminate important information for the control of diseases such as cholera, dysentery, and STDs. They choose the areas most in need of the twice yearly “pop-up” rural medical clinics.
Myrielle is a local grassroots organizer who teaches in a primary school during the mornings. Jean, father of two young children, works overtime as an ajan sante, and daily rides his motor bike out into the countryside to visit the people. Darlyng works with local women’s and youth groups. Raoul is an experienced community health care worker. The ajan sante are supervised by the director, Dr. Myrthil and the nurse practitioner, Nurse Thelus.
Meet Those Who Work in The Family Project Program
The Family Project Program is led by our partner, Children’s Place International and is funded, in part, by Konbit. In this program the needs of 24 HIV affected families including 81 children in Limonad are addressed. This program aims to provide Haitian children affected by HIV/AIDS and their families with bi-weekly visits and basic needs including food and clean water, medical care assistance, school tuition and supplies and supportive services. Program activities include: assessment of school attendance and success; access to health services and medical advocacy; medication adherence support; food, formula and water security support; safe housing support – rent and refurbishment; access to savings and loan groups; cholera, zika and chikungunya prevention activities.
Roland St. Cyr is the Project Manager for the program. Before his work with CPI/Konbit, Roland used his education in Social Work and taught for 11 years in Port-au-Prince. He has been enthusiastic about continued training in new concepts in Social Services, and particularly classes that assist in his work with the clients – e.g., precautions with breastfeeding for HIV affected mothers, the correct use and maintenance of water filtration units. Roland manages a staff of case workers for the family program. He is fluent in Haitian Creole, French, Spanish and English.
Lucima is the Sr. Case Manager for the program. Caseworkers supported by CPI/Konbit provide bi-weekly home visits to our families, help parents or caregivers and the children access critical health services, medications, food and transportation. In this work, Lucima also helps families improve their housing situations, as well as linkages to income generating activities. Most people in the community know his name and everyone calls on him. Lucima often works 7 days a week, from 7 am until dusk, to meet his client’s needs.
Carole Bien-Aimee is an Outreach Worker. A former seamstress and mother of two boys, Carole became an Outreach Worker on the CPI/Konbit Team in 2009 and provides vital services, wisdom and hope for 24 families and 81 children affected by HIV in the Limonade community.