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Kids Alive International - 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Organization: Orphanage
Facility Type: Shelter
Status: Open

U.S. MAIL ADDR: P.O. Box 2117, Valparaiso, IN 46384-2117

Cap Haitian, HT 46383


Main/General Business Number: 219-464-9035

Mission: Kids Alive reflects the love of Christ by rescuing orphans and vulnerable children, nurturing them with quality holistic care and sharing with them the transforming power of Jesus Christ so they are enabled to give hope to others.
We are:

* Faith Based - God alone transforms lives. As we rescue children-in-crisis, we submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, depend on the power of the Holy Spirit, accept the authority of the scriptures, and make prayer central to our ministry.
* Action Oriented - We follow the example of Jesus Christ. We work to build just societies as we respond with sacrificial love to the world’s suffering children.
* Child Focused - We believe children should have opportunity to mature and develop their full potential. We care for the whole child by providing quality programs that meet their spiritual, educational, social, physical, and emotional needs.
* An International Team - We cooperate closely with national Christians to develop culturally relevant, caring communities for children, and to encourage the growth of godly leadership. The children of Kids Alive International homes and ministries will be prepared to lead in church and home with integrity.
* Committed to Excellence - We intend to be known for our determined pursuit of quality, the integrity of our relationships, the clarity of our communication, and our accountability with human and financial resources entrusted to us.
* Family Centered - We believe in the nurturing power of the family. We strengthen existing families and place unprotected children in safe, family-style homes. We prepare these children to one day lead healthy families of their own.

This organization provides Temporary or Permanent Service? Temporary


VOLUNTEERING (From the site):


JamesFbigKids Alive Service Teams are designed for people who are looking for a life-changing experience, have a desire to help children, and want to experience their faith in Jesus Christ on a whole new level!

Service Teams usually number between five and twenty participants, are formed out of a church, civic organization or family, and serve on one of our fields for one or two weeks. As a Service Team Volunteer, you'll travel with your Team to one or more of Kids Alive ministry locations – Residential Children's Home, Care Center, School or Clinic. A Team usually works together to accomplish a specific goal, such as leading a children's program or doing construction improvements on a home – depending on the Team's skills. Kids Alive sends seventy to eighty teams to our fields annually.

Whether sharing the Good News of God's love with kids in a Summer Program, painting a new classroom, helping build a new Children’s Home, or using your medical training in a clinic – you can be sure a Kids Alive Service Team will provide you with the experience of a lifetime!

What skills are needed?

* Minor Home Repair
* Tutoring Children
* Construction
* Activity Leaders
* Childcare
* Music, Art, Drama
* Medical
* Other (just ask us!)

Total cost for each member of a Service Team depends on the location the Team serves, the length of stay, and the type of project, but generally range between $770 and $1040 per person (plus airfare). This amount includes all project costs, food, lodging, local travel and a ministry donation. Add-on trips for sightseeing can be arranged for an additional cost.





August 27, 2010 - God is doing great things in Haiti! We received 33 Haitian children from Port au Prince. Each of these children have lost either one or both parents in the earthquake. We have 4 new sets of house parents and a total of 7 homes currently. Kids Alive has acquired 5 acres of land to build 8 homes with an open area in the back for a soccer field. With school starting soon, we are adding a kindergarten and 5th grade class to the school this year. The size of our school will be more than double of what it was last year.

June 28, 2010 - Orphans from the earthquake have started arriving to our Residential Homes in Cap Haitian. The children have come from an orphanage which suffered damage in the earthquake. They had been sleeping outside under tarps as more newly orphaned children found their way there. Kids Alive will be bringing about 50 of these kids into our Homes.

April 20, 2010 - We received four more Haitian children in Jarabacoa. They were found walking by the side of the highway just north of Santo Domingo. They were taken into custody by the Dominican government who promptly asked us to care for them. The plan is for them to recuperate with us while UN officials search for their parents and family in Port au Prince.

April 8, 2010 - Update on the 3 boys from Haiti that made there way to the DR - relatives in Haiti have been found for them and they have returned to family. One mother was overwhelmed with joy when she was reunited with her child she thought had died in the earthquake. Praise God for reuniting these families, and giving Kids Alive an opportunity to share His love while they were with us.

February 22, 2010 - The first of the Haiti orphans arrived today in the Dominican Republic! The three boys all lost their single parents in the earthquake and were found living under a bridge at the border. They were brought to the Kids Alive home in Jarabacoa by social services.

February 1, 2010 - Al Lackey, President of Kids Alive, called from Port au Prince today. He is encouraged by the cooperation of the different aid organizations and US military. Refugee camps seem well supplied and the children without adults are being processed, identified, fed, and medically treated. He met with several officials to move the process along of receiving children into our care. Child Trafficking is now a major concern so the Haiti government is being very cautious.

January 28, 2010 - The IRS has made a provision that contributions made for Haiti relief after 1/11/2010 and before 3/1/2010 can be deducted your year 2009 return even though the gift was made in 2010 (or you can choose to wait until you file your 2010 return next year). You should keep the tax-deductible receipt as proof of the contribution.

January 27, 2010 - Sent a truckload of materials for construction of temporary housing to our facility in Cap Haitian. We have delivered fuel, food and medicine from Santiago to Port au Prince for other missions including hospitals. Overall, we have probably delivered over 10,000 gallons of generator fuel. We are optimistic that we will have some kids to care for in the DR shortly.

January 24, 2010 - Al Lackey, president of Kids Alive, shares his vision that the relief efforts in Haiti are not complete "Until Every orphan has a Home"™.

January 23, 2010 - There has been a delay in receiving the children. They will remain in the hospital for a few more days. In Haiti, good contacts are being made and we are prepared to receive children there.

January 20, 2010 - Kids Alive has been in contact with officials from the US and DR government to facilitate receiving the displaced children. After shocks rattled nerves at our home in Cap Haitien but caused no damage. The first construction team will be heading down next week to build temporary houses and bathrooms.

January 18, 2010 - In cooperation with other ministries, Kids Alive DR is transporting a bus load of fuel to keep a hospital, just outside of Port au Prince, back up generators working. This hospital has been swamped with earthquake victims and would have had no power tomorrow without this fuel. Our site in Cap Haitien is being supplied with tents, cots, and sleeping bags to prepare for the arrival of evacuated children. Our homes in the DR are buying supplies and more beds for the arrivals. Staff and kids are excited to be part of the rescue efforts.

January 15, 2010 - Field Director, Vic Trautwein, has met with government officials in the DR. Lost children and orphans are being identified now and may start arriving in the DR Kids Alive facilities! We are making plans for their arrival. Please pray!

January 14, 2010 - Missionaries in Haiti express concern for increased cost of basic supplies like food and fuel. Plans are being made to take in as many orphans as we can as soon as they have been identified by officials into our unharmed housing in the north of Haiti and possibly in the DR.



Address in Haiti: Ruelle Cimitere Apres World Vision, Balan, Haiti
Acronym: KAI
Contact Name in Haiti: Robinson Gedeus
Contact Name at Headquarters: Beth Murvine
Phone: 219-464-9035
Email: beth
Web Site:

Areas of Activity :

Children & Youth, Education, Food Security, Health, Housing, Humanitarian Assistance, Microfinance, Other, Water & Sanitation, Women's Programs

Year founded : 1st January 1916
Budget Range : Over 500,000
Number of Staff : 21-100
Funded By : Kids Alive is funded by individual partners, organizations, foundations, businesses, and churches.

Organization Details :

Kids Alive International serves orphaned and abandoned children worldwide, providing them with food, shelter, education, and medical care. We have been working in Haiti since 2002 and have provided assistance during the earthquake relief efforts. Currently, Kids Alive is making preparations to care for approximately 300 children left orphaned/homeless after the devastating earthquake.




Relief efforts are underway for the thousands of children left homeless or orphaned by the Haiti earthquake.

The country of Haiti is plagued by a startling number of problems, particularly when it relates to their children.

* There are more than 380,000 orphans in Haiti today—the majority of which are severely malnourished.
* Sixty-five percent of Haitian children will never finish elementary school and 80% won’t ever attend high school.
* Almost 8% of children born in Haiti will die before they celebrate their fifth birthday.
* More than 21% of all children in Haiti are involved in child labor before the age of 14.
* Thirty percent of Haitian children will be forced to marry before they are ready—many before they reach puberty.

These conditions leave hundreds of thousands of children desperately in need of care and destined to repeat the cycle of poverty.

As the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, Haiti is home to more than 9.5 million people in an area no bigger than the state of Maryland. The poverty in Haiti is so horrific that it is nearly unimaginable--and the most heartbreaking of its victims are the children. Kids Alive serves these unwanted children by giving them an education, nourishment, and a place to call home.

Kids Alive International began ministry in Haiti in 2002, and opened their first children’s home in Cap Haitien two years later, rescuing children who would otherwise have no future. Presently, Kids Alive ministers children in three homes. Given the recent disaster in Haiti, our future plans now include additional homes for 50 to 100 children orphaned by the earthquake.

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Created At: Tue Jul 06 06:39:53 -0700 2010
Updated At: Mon Oct 18 17:13:00 -0700 2010
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