LOVE Takes Root was founded with a mission of cultivating the future of children worldwide. The foundation’s goals are to improve the lives of children through the provision of shelter, education, and health, with the final goal being a self-sustainable organization.

La Concorde Orphanage

Our current project is La Concorde Orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. La Concorde was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It has 50 children living without appropriate shelter, water, food and health care. LOVE Takes Root defined needs:

  • Connect the orphanage with sources for its basic needs (eg clean water, food, clothing and shelter).
  • Deliver tools and lessons for basic education.
  • Arrange for the children to be medically assessed and help address as many of its medical needs as possible.
  • Assist them financially, and explore a means of income to eventually become an independent, self-sustaining organization.

Goals and ObJectives of La Concorde ProJect

10409158_10152053884896106_5538870169355992379_nIt is essential that the children of Haiti are exposed to educational opportunities in an effort to break the cycle of poverty experienced by so many other countries following a natural disaster. The establishment of schools, accessibility of literature, and the building of an infrastructure that provides for a sustainable schooling system are important.

Additionally, children in Haiti are in desperate need of improved nutrition and access to adequate health care. Many children in Haiti suffer from HIV/AIDS, diarrheal diseases, measles, malaria, and pneumonia. Similarly, they have high rates of fatalities due to injuries. It is essential that these children be provided with the opportunity to live a healthy life.

All children deserve adequate shelter. The streets of Haiti are not a suitable place for children to live and it is essential that buildings destroyed in the earthquake of 2010 be rebuilt in an effort to provide children with a safe place to be.

Sustainability is essential in a country such as Haiti. For many working in international relief and development, there is the knowledge that individuals and services will greatly change over a chronologically short period of time. It is important that partnerships with on-ground organizations are formed and that education is disseminated through these partnerships. Similarly, it is important that Haitians are trained in effective and sustainable ways that can lead to economic independence

The project planning was done in partnership with La Concorde staff and it was decided to rebuild La Concorde in Jacmel Haiti. This will be done in three phases. Phase One will be separate cottages for boys and girls a dining hall with kitchen, and a staff house. The plan for Phase Two will be a primary school, administration building with computer lab and Medical/Dental Clinic. The plan for Phase Three will be two additional cottages and a secondary school.

The business plan for economic sustainability will be the La Concorde Private School with the opportunity of learning English and computer skills to support La Concorde orphanage. The children of La Concorde Orphanage moved into their new orphanage on Sept 23, 2013. La Concorde primary school is to open September 2014 and the Medical/Dental Clinic is to open October 2014.