The Marion G. Austin School & Orphanage

HFC cares for 91 middle school aged children in full time residence and educates another 300+ students from the surrounding neighborhood.  These nearly 400 currently share a small multi-purpose area that also doubles as a garage and laundry area for open play.  The organization recently purchased a nearby home and demolished the building in hopes of one day building a real playground. 

Locate Marion G. Austin School & Orphanage in Google Maps here.

Photos of school below by Krista Guenin

 
 
 

“Haiti remains the poorest country of the Americas.”

- THE WORLD BANK 

 
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The Haitian Struggle 

Haiti is the poorest country in our own Western Hemisphere and is regularly ranked as one of the most destitute nations on earth.  In 2010, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake shocked Port-au-Prince, killing over 285,000 people and injuring many more.  The island is susceptible to very strong tropical storms and hurricanes - thirty (30) of our current generation of children in residence are in our care because of the devastation caused in southern Haiti by Hurricane Matthew in 2016, a massive Category 5 storm.  A staggering 60% of Haitians (over 6 million people) live below the poverty line of US$2.41 per day and more than 2.5 million live on under US$1.23 per day (extreme poverty).  Unemployment in Haiti approaches 45% (the US rate in December 2018 was 3.9%).  HFC employs a staff of 75 Haitian men and women who work at their Port-au-Prince facility.  Thirty of HFC’s current 91 in-residence children are survivors of the devastation created by Hurricane Matthew that destroyed much of southern Haiti.