Streethearts Haiti

Streethearts Haiti was founded with the mission of providing a safe haven for the hundreds of street children in Cap-Haitien, Haiti. It began as a side project, to befriend and build up the children’s sense of self. First, there were small incentive programs, based around athletics and rewards for participation. Founder Linsey Jorgenson (based in Haiti), used this as a way to begin tracking the kids, to check their safety and whereabouts.

As her bond with her street family grew, so did the number of kids she was looking after. All those connections began to reveal a situation that was just too big to aid part-time, and too complicated to not warrant her full attention.

The passion and need turned into the Streethearts organization, set up in October 2012. A programme was built that focuses on self-worth and empowerment through athletics, hygiene, nutrition, education, social work and community outreach.

In February 2013 Streethearts opened its first safe house. The building is outfitted with beds, showers and round-the-clock staff. It serves as a secure place for the children to go and helps keep them out of danger. There are sports, art, and music programmes to help keep the kids involved in positive and healthy activities. The house also includes 24-hour access to showers, and basic hygiene supplies. Linsey, along with a dedicated staff, work around the clock to make the safe house a haven for the kids.

Life on the streets is treacherous for children who find themselves without a place to call home. Streethearts currently provides support for over eighty children, with the number increasing each day. For the first time, TFWA Care partnered up with Streethearts to provide schooling and to make significant improvements to its safe house in 2016.

Project in 2017

Every child deserves a normal childhood. This year, TFWA Care will continue to provide support Streethearts Haiti’s safe house and education programme. The goal is to remove 79 more kids out of the streets of Cap Haitien and place them into Streethearts safe house where they will receive proper schooling and care.  Step by step, we can give more vulnerable children a chance for a happier childhood and dignified life.

The Streethearts home was in dire need of a stable electricity source. The project supported by TFWA Care provided the funding of renewable source of energy through solar panels. Through the deployment of a hydroponic growth system, the project will also allow vegetables to be grown at the home, thus helping to provide a more balanced diet for the children. Our aid also provided assistance for 64 kids to attend school.