The Yahve-Jire Childrens's Foundation(US) was formed in 2013 to support the work of our sister foundation located in Port-au-Prince Haiti. The foundation in Haiti (YJCF) is also named Yahve-Jire which means "God Provides" in Creole. YJCF currently operates a school and an orphanage serving some of the poorest and most at-risk children in the world.
Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere. The Haitian people face hardships that most of the world would find unthinkable. According to the World Bank (2010) the average yearly salary in Haiti is $700, 77% of the poplulation lives in poverty, only 51% of the poplulation has access to safe water, corruption and lack of employment opportunities have created a sense of hopelessness that seems impossible to combat. But..
Into this darkness YJCF boldly marched 5 years ago. Our mission is to provide hope to the children of Haiti. We accomplish this by focusing on 3 key factors:
Safe Housing - Education - and above all, Jesus Christ
Construction Continues for the New Orphanage Facility!
The Cause: Patrons gathered to raise hope for the children of Haiti on Thursday night at Stage AE with a benefit cocktail party and musical entertainment by Ferdinand the Bull to help build and sustain a school and orphanage founded by Haitian architect Chedlin Justinvil.
Education is Key: Mr. Justinvil, one of seven children, grew up in a poverty-stricken community in Haiti. He credits a mission to “saving his life” by paying for his education. “After becoming an architect, I paid for my brothers and sisters to go to school.” Five (including him) have graduated, while two are still in college. “We are our parents’ retirement plan,” he said proudly. “I knew I wanted to give back to the children of Haiti, provide an opportunity like I had.” After coming to Pittsburgh and giving a presentation, he met friends who wanted to help him. “I needed to build something in Haiti. My friends paid for me to go to Texas to learn to build domes. We will have three strong structures at the new complex. One will be a dorm, another a cafeteria, and a third for the caregivers. We also hope to create a school community center and hospital, as well,” he said.
Life-Changing Moment: Speaker Erika Ford, 20, decided to visit Haiti on her spring break, instead of heading to Cancun like her other friends. She said the experience changed her life for the better and she wants to go back to help Mr. Justinvil realize his vision. “These kids have nothing, and yet they are so happy,” she remarked. Her friend Olivia Shaffer, inspired by Ms. Ford, also wants to go to help out. “I want to make a difference,” she added.
#SEEN: Barry and Denise Ford, Dan Raeder, Libby Johnston, Frank Coonelly, Bryan and Sarah Stroh, Frank Murgia and Jill Maher, Heather Costello, Valerie Keibler and Meg Hondru.