Espwa Berlancia is thrilled to invite you along on the journey of opening our new inpatient malnutrition treatment and family preservation center!
Our heart and emphasis is on preserving families.
When a mother feels like she has no way to provide for her child besides
giving him up to an orphanage, we step in. When a child is suffering from malnutrition, we step in. When there is a need, we step up to meet it.
partnership with local health agents in rural villages, as well as other
NGO clinics, we will take children on referral as well as walk-in
cases. Children who meet the malnutrition standards outlined by WHO and
Meds and Food for Kids will be treated according to the medika mamba treatment plan as well as having general health concerns addressed.
Children and family members will live onsite until the children are fully recovered and the caregivers have completed their sustainability training, upon release, follow up care will be provided for at least 30 days.
possible, parents will be encouraged to stay with their children for
the duration of their care. Parents will sleep in bunk rooms and be
involved in the day to day care of their children including assisting
our cook in preparing meals (this will help tremendously as we work to
teach the parents proper nutrition)
While children are receiving
care of their physical needs we will be working with the parents to
meet their needs as well. One of the ways we feel we can best serve the
parents during this time is through focusing on their spiritual and
mental well being. In my heart, this part of our program is as important
and worth of our focus as the malnutrition care.
We will strive to serve the parents in 3 different areas
health (Individual and group sessions) This will be in partnership with
a local church. Both the head pastor and the women’s ministry group
will be involved. This involves individual counseling once a week
with the pastor and weekly group bible study with praise and worship led
by the women’s ministry. The pastor and women’s group leaders will
receive basic mental health training led by a local organization during
-Traditional/mental health (Individual and group
sessions) This will be facilitated by a local mental health
organization and fulfilled by trained, certified Haitian staff. This
will include individual counseling on an as needed basis (either weekly
or bi-weekly) as well as weekly group sessions.
This will be based on individual interest, availability and geographical
location. This will include 4 options for ongoing sustainability once
they leave our program.
The 4 options are:
Agriculture - Training in improved family methods, raised bed gardening as well as a gift of wheelbarrow, seeds, and a water carrying system.
Livestock - Choice of a gift of 2 goats or 6 chickens along with training in farming methods to
increase productivity and resources (goats milk, eggs, meat etc...)
Business - This includes intense small business training. Teaching
and working alongside parents to come up with and modify a small
business plan and teaching banking and savings basics.
Continuing Education - For any parents that would like to go back to school this
would include a school loan as well as supplemental food for the family during their months of studying.
This started out as a tiny idea and has grown into a dream that encompasses my entire passion. I cannot wait to see it come to fruition.
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