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 2019
Every child deserves a normal childhood. TFWA Care will continue its partnership and provide grant to Streethearts Haiti’s safe house and education programme. An estimate of 80 kids were rescued from the streets of Cap Haitien and placed in Streethearts safe houses where they received proper schooling and care last year. The funding would continue the work achieved at the centre and provide schooling for a greater number of children.
TFWA Care will join forces with Streethearts Haiti once again and continue to rehabilitation program of the Streethearts kids in its shelters:
- Provide full-time care and a safe house for street kids in Cap Haitian.
- Given the high number of kids requiring help, the aim is to double capacity within 5 years.
The aid will provide education and safe haven to homeless kids who are overlooked or forgotten by society. Step by step, with our small token, we are able to provide street kids a chance for a happier childhood and dignified life.
Project in 2018
Last year, TFWA Care provided donation to Streethearts Haiti to help provide full-time care through a safe house and education for street kids in Cap Haitian. With the high number of kids requiring help, Streethearts Haiti was able to double the capacity of their shelters. The funding enabled the mentoring and housing program in its shelters from the previous years. In addition, more kids received school enrollment to keep them out of the streets. Vocational courses in tourism were provided to the Streethearts kids in English to help improve their language proficiency and with the hopes of getting a job to join the growing tourism sector in Haiti.