Facts about children who are orphaned by AIDS.
1) More than 50 percent of all health care in Haiti is provided by the private voluntary sector, such as charities and churches.
-- Family Health International, 2006.
2) "The thing about Rainbow House is, it's a model for the way things should be done. They have kids who are [HIV] positive alongside kids who are not. That is very important. But the orphanages in Haiti do not want [HIV] positive children because they fear they can't take care of them -- that they will spread to other children. So they won't take them. But Rainbow House is very limited in what they can do. They can only take, what -- 35 or 40 children? There's so many more. We could use many more institutions like that here, but we don't have them."
-- Dr. Rose Irene Verdier, leading pediatrician in Haiti
3) "Long-term institutional care in orphanages is particularly inappropriate for infants and young children. There are at least 200,000 children in such institutions in Haiti alone, and many are poorly run, unregulated warehouses."
-- Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), 2004.
4) "We wanted to help the children to dream, so that they had some kind of life in the future."
-- Danielle Reid Penette, founder/ director of La Maison de l'Arc en Ciel, Rainbow House
5) "Nobody is identifying the children who are infected, aside from Rainbow House. Nobody in the whole country. Nobody knows where they're at. Nobody. The numbers are at best guesswork."
-- Sylvana Nzirorera, AIDS specialist with UNICEF Haiti
6) "The lack of physical touch or continued isolation from a warm body also can stifle curiosity and interest, and cause emotional withdrawal, mental instability, fearfulness, and reduced learning ability. The child needs lots of touching, holding, emotional support, and love that usually only mothers in these societies have the time or inclination to provide. Even before the age of 2, children are sensitive to feelings of loss and stress in others and need reassurance."
-- UNAIDS, 2004.
7) "Our estimates of 5 percent loss of incomes -- which is a huge number, by the way, for small countries -- is just based on rising health care costs to fight the epidemic. How do you measure the costs of a mother and father dying and leaving five children behind? The care they lose, the parenting, the loss of school, educational opportunities, the psychological costs? The criminal costs? Calculating those costs are very difficult, but they're huge, no doubt."
-- Karl Theodore, economist and director, Health Economics Unit, University of the West Indies.