Human trafficking is a global problem that affects every country in the world. Last week, the U.S. State Department released its 2009 annual report on how well partner governments are preventing and responding to human trafficking. Understanding trafficking in Haiti requires understanding the situation in the Dominican Republic. Neither country complies with minimum standards for eliminating trafficking, although both governments acknowledge the need to do more. This is an issue that clearly requires cross-border collaboration.
The Haiti Micah Project (HMP) is a non profit organization which is providing one meal per day for 150 vulnerable children in the town of Mirebalais, plus uniforms and tuition for their education and medical care. Recently, HMP rented a two-building compound to house up to 25 of the most vulnerable, most of whom are street children. The opening of this facility is scheduled for mid to late April 2009. In order to expand the program, HMP recently announced the creation of a Child Sponsorship Initiative.
When someone says 'philanthropy', I am concerned that it conjures up images of celebrities and investors. All who support social causes are philanthropists. Some prefer to support established organizations with a global reach. Others like to support smaller organizations with the potential to grow. Haiti Micah Project (HMP), serving vulnerable children in Mirebalais, is an organization poised to expand significantly in 2008.