NO CHILD SHOULD EVER GO HUNGRY.
Chronic hunger is an enormous problem plaguing Haitian families. More than one in ten children in Haiti are severely malnourished, and one in five is underweight. One in 14 will die before they even reach five years of age. Many families in Haiti eat just once a day. We at Middle Ground believe that every human being has the right to a proper, well-balanced diet, and the good health that comes along with it!
Not being able to provide enough food for their children is one of the main reasons parents turn to alternative care. Unfortunately, most readily available solutions involve removing children from their immediate families. These “solutions” range from institutions and orphanages, to situations where children are often vulnerable to abuse and human slavery. The reality of the lives of children in Haiti who are not in the care of their parents is sobering.
Here at Middle Ground we strive to not only offer intervention through emergency treatment of severe malnutrition, but also offer opportunities for families to provide for their children once they return home, through sustainability and education groups.
We believe that children have the right to grow up in their families, and that families have the right to provide their children’s basic needs through their own resources.
"She learned what caused Ynelson, and many other kids in her neighborhood, to be so small and sick. She then began to share that knowledge with everyone around her..."
WE'RE HERE TO FIGHT AGAINST MALNUTRITION - AND FOR FAMILIES
Middle Ground fights for families because we know that each family has been created by God, and it is when they are together that all of their unique pieces and talents work the best. Poverty is not a reason to separate a child from their parent, so we work hard to keep families intact and give them the tools that they need to be the very best that they can be - together!
In order to best support the families that we work with, we focus on three specific programs - malnutrition treatment, caregiver education, and ongoing sustainability - providing a holistic approach to treating and preventing malnutrition.
"Now Cilien is not only able to provide for Nonley, but for her entire family..."