A Former Sponsored Child’s Reflections on the Importance of Sponsorship

Blog AuthorFaimi Moscova, Sponsorship Mananger

Port-au-Prince

August 31, 2012

For over 25 years Save the Children in Haiti has supported development in the Maissade community through our sponsorship-funded programs, addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their families.

Archange Christophe was once a sponsored child and now works for Save the Children in Maissade.  In 2004 Save the Children helped found the first and only community radio station in Maissade, and Archange was, and still is, one of the broadcasters at the station. Radio is a powerful tool for the education and welfare of the population, and also plays a key role i Archange at the radio stationn emergencies.

“With the strong beginning my family and I received from Save the Children I completed my secondary studies and went on to a professional school.  Then I returned to my village and applied for
the position with Save the Children.  I feel like I owe it to the organization and my community.  I accomplish my daily tasks with a spirit of kindness and try to help my people as best I can,” shares Archange.

Archange was enrolled in the sponsorship program when he was in 1st grade, and remained a sponsored child for nearly five years. He still has happy memories of those days and taking part in the many activities Save the Children organized in his community of Bois Rouge.  He received school assistancv through the Save the Children education programs and his whole family was able to receive health care support. Archange believes Save the Children, with its many child-centered development programs, has inspired his lifelong pursuit of self-development. “Save the Children and its child sponsors have made remarkable contributions to education, health care and nutrition in Maissade,” he states.

 Archange during a focus group with community leaders“Being a sponsored child helped me appreciate generosity.  Now I can give back to my community what I received. I can still remember my sponsor’s encouraging words ‘school is very important, you must work hard at it’ and ‘it is essential to love your friends.’ I am so grateful to Save the Children, without them and the support of my sponsor I wouldn’t have been able to gain a good education and succeed.”

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Rain Is Coming to Haiti: How Songs Can Help Save Babies’ Lives

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Kathryn Bolles, Save the Children emergency health and nutrition director

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

February 16, 2010

The rainy season is approaching in Haiti, and we know that stagnant water and poor sanitation provide a fertile breeding ground for malaria and diarrhea, which are among the biggest killers of babies and young children.

The situation is made even more dangerous because in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January, clean water and hygiene supplies are in short supply.

Malaria and diarrhea are easily preventable and treatable. So it is crucial for people to have access to accurate information in their language so they have the tools to protect their children.

RSZDMomSave29 This information is especially important for mothers like Fiony (pictured at right, caring for her 3-month-old baby Rosemary) Photo Credit: Adriana Zehbrauskas / Polaris.

Music is a natural entry point. When people hear a song they like, they are likely to remember the tune and the message.

With this in mind, Save the Children is providing broadcast-quality Creole songs to radio stations in Haiti.

Few people have television or electricity, but they are accessing information by radio.

Songs that incorporate lifesaving heath and nutrition messages can take advantage of this fact, reaching more people and better saving the life of newborns and babies.

The songs created by this project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development, will be aired on local radio stations and Creole services provided by international broadcasters.

Using the power of music, Save the Children is taking action today to save a baby’s life tomorrow.

To listen to the Creole songs and messages, please click here.

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