FWAL was recently informed about the situation of two baby boys living in very difficult circumstances in Cité Soleil, which has been labeled as the worst slum in the western hemisphere. The background stories of these boys touched us and we decided to look into their situation more deeply.
Jouvens was born on August 28, 2012. He is the youngest of nine children with the oldest being 16-years-old. They all live together in one small room. Except for one sister, age seven, they are all boys. The mother of Jouvens died three months after he was born. The father hardly has work, though he tries to find it, and it is extremely difficult for him to find enough food to give to all the children. Often he has no other choice but to leave the youngest children, who are three and two years old and Jouvens the baby, home alone while he looks for work or food. The oldest son also tries to help support the family. Four siblings are able to go to school for free where they receive a meal during the school days.
When the social office of FWAL did their investigation, it was very clear that especially the youngest children are malnourished, and Jouvens situation worried them. The father had tried to find help for his family and asked FWAL if we could take Jouvens into our program.
Since the family situation is so difficult, FWAL is also looking to accept the two youngest boys. This way the father has more possibilities to support his other children but able to keep a close contact with his three children who will live at FWAL.
Jeffter was born on March 5, 2013. His mother died a few days after she gave birth. Jeffer has two siblings, a two-year old sister who is living with a grandfather in the countryside and a six-year-old brother who has been living with an aunt. They all live in a very small room made out of tin and wood with no place to cook inside, just room for a bed and a table. The grandmother was been earning some money for the family and also the aunt works when possible, but now with the baby the grandmother cannot go out searching for work. They are very worried and they see no way how they are able to support the children. The grandmother asked FWAL to help her with caring for the baby. Looking into the situation and seeing the circumstances, FWAL decided to accept Jeffter into the program.