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Agape Home for HIV Positive Children, a four-bedroom home that cares for 10 children infected with HIV, is run by Aaron Jackson of Hollywood and John Dieubon, a Haitian translator and missionary. The home opened in June near another orphanage Jackson and Dieubon established for orphans without HIV. The budget for Agape Home is roughly $2,000 a month, which includes food and school tuition for the children and a local staff of two. The budget is paid by the Homeless Voice, a 9-year-old homeless advocacy group run by activist Sean Cononie. Jackson regularly travels to Haiti to help manage the orphanages. Agape Home is part of Planting Peace, an organization created by Jackson and sponsored chiefly by the Homeless Voice.
Albert Schweitzer Hospital
For 50 years, the Albert Schweitzer Hospital has provided medical care and community health services to the 385,000 impoverished people in the Artibonite Valley of central Haiti. It has begun to help children infected with HIV and has community health workers who travel hundreds of miles to take medicine to children and adults in remote villages.
Batey Relief Alliance
Batey Relief provides clinics, mobile medical units and educational programs in bateyes, communities of ethnic Haitian migrants who worked the sugar cane fields in the Dominican Republic. In recent years, Batey Relief's work has increasingly dealt with HIV/AIDS. An estimated 200,000 Haitians live in the bateyes, born in the Dominican Republic but not considered citizens. They face discrimination and poverty, which has led to poor health care and HIV infection rates two to three times higher than the rest of the country.
The Centre d'Aide au Développement works with street children and other orphans in central Port-au-Prince, Haiti. It has a school, dormitory and recreation center for about 280 children. Hundreds more street children are helped. Despite political turmoil and sporadic funding, the center is trying to begin testing and to provide medical treatment for HIV-infected street children and restaveks, child servants, common in Haiti. Most of its funding comes from UNICEF and countries such as Japan and Taiwan.
Casa Rosada, or the Pink House in English, is the only orphanage in the Dominican Republic that will accept children with HIV/AIDS. It is home for 50 children, ages 10 months to 15 years, whose parents have died or abandoned them in hospitals near Santo Domingo. It is run by Catholic nuns and recieves funding from public and private organizations, including the Catholic church. Anti-retroviral medicine is provided by the Dominican government.
Ray and Trisha Comfort took in their first child orphaned by AIDS in 2004, and they now care for nine children in a rented three-bedroom home in Verrettes, Haiti. The home can hold 10 children comfortably, but the couple say they could take at least six more than that if necessary. They say they will not turn away a child. They have just started building a new orphanage for 80 on land outside La Chapelle, Haiti.. The couple works closely with UNICEF and the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti. They also receive funding from the Episcopal church they attended in South Carolina. They spend roughly $2,500 each month taking care of the children and estimate it will cost $50,000 to build the new orphanage. So far, they have spent $60,000 of their personal savings.
Cyril Ross Nursery
The lone orphanage for HIV-positive children in Trinidad and Tobago is the Cyril Ross Nursery. Founded by the Society of St. Vincent De Paul, it began as a hospice for dying AIDS babies in the 1980s but now has 40 children living on its premises and administers out-patient care to 42 others who have families to care for them, according to Hyacinthe Cross, manager of the home.
Dare to Care
Dare to Care is the HIV/AIDS program of Mustard Seed Communities, a Catholic charity that houses 45 HIV-positive children in two homes in St. Catherine and Kingston, Jamaica. Two more are planned. The children come from all over the island, and most were abandoned by parents sick with AIDS or were orphaned after their mother or father died from AIDS. Many of the children were transferred from other orphanages, where children still face discrimination if their HIV status is revealed. It is the only recognized orphanage specializing in HIV orphans in Jamaica.
Family Health International is one of the larger medical organizations in the Caribbean, supporting projects to help AIDS orphans, support HIV prevention, and provide medical care for women in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Guyana. It is funded by private donors and U.S. government agencies such as USAID, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Friends of the Orphans
International non-profit operates St. Helene, an orphanage for orphaned, abandoned and disadvantaged children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Through funding provided by the Catholic Medical Mission Bureau and PEPFAR, the home treats 18 of its children for HIV/AIDS and 15 others as outpatients. The group has announced plans to open a free hospital in Port-au-Prince this month Dec. 2006 and offer HIV/AIDS treatment .
GHESKIO is the center of AIDS treatment and research in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The Haitian Study Group on Kaposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections (GHESKIO is the acronym for the title in French) was created in 1982 by Haitian physicians. It was the first research group on HIV formed after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recognized AIDS. Cornell University Medical College is one of the center's chief sponsors, and GHESKIO works closely with agencies such as UNAIDS and the Pan American Health Organization.
Partners in Health
Founded in Haiti's rugged Central Plateau region soon after the first cases of AIDS emerged, PIH is one of the leading medical charities in the world. Led by Paul Farmer, a Harvard physician and author, the organization pioneered the techniques that are now used to get AIDS drugs to the poor in rural areas. It trains Haitians to be health care workers and serves at least 500,000 residents from its hospital complex in the village of Cange.
http://www.maisonlarcenciel.orgv in French
http://www.haitianministries.org/ la_maison_larc-en-ciel.php in English
Rainbow House, La Maison l'Arc en Ciel in French, runs a 36-bed home for children orphaned by AIDS. It also runs a community outreach program that offers in-home care to more than 100 families affected by HIV, and it trains teachers, social workers and other community leaders how to help families affected by AIDS. Its total budget is roughly $500,000 a year, paid by groups like UNICEF, Oxfam, and religious and humans rights organizations in the United States and Canada. Rainbow House was founded by Danielle Reid Penette, a Canadian living in Haiti, and Robert Penette, her Haitian husband, in 1996.