LOVE A CHILD INC

Love is something you do...

Fort Myers, FL   |  https://loveachild.com/

Mission

Love A Child provides humanitarian assistance for children and needy families in Haiti, and encourages the public to assist those who are in great physical or spiritual need.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Sandra Hazelip

Founders

Bobby and Sherry Burnette

Main address

12411 Commerce Lake Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33913 USA

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EIN

59-2672303

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Minority Rights (R22)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Love A Child aims to address the chronic cyclical poverty in rural Haiti.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Mobile Medical Clinics

Love A Child provides remote medical clinics, feeding programs, churches, schools, missionary training and an orphanage in the country of Haiti.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Children and youth

Child Sponsors provide tuition to a Love A Child accredited school, uniforms, books, nutrient-rich meals, and access to medical care, vitamins and deworming.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our development and sustainability program focuses on teaching best sustainable agricultural practices, job creation, reforestation, soil improvement, fruit tree propagation, etc. all to empower the Haitians to break their cycle of poverty and develop self-sustainability, increasing food security, health, and safety.

Population(s) Served
Adults
People of African descent

Love A Child (LAC) works to ease suffering, providing millions of meals to hungry people every year. We travel deep inside Haiti (to what we refer to as the “regions beyond”) taking food and water to some of the most remote villages on the island.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Children and youth

In response to disasters, Love A Child provides immediate aid in the form of medical care, supplies, and housing solutions.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of program graduates

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Development and Sustainability

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2018: 11 graduates for the 3-week comprehensive Agricultural Training Center course for remote villagers all throughout Hait. 2018: 14 graduates for the 1-week Poul Mirak Chicken School Training Class

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Sponsorship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

8,000+ children annually through Child Sponsorship plus, another 11,900 people through: our 93 direct food and goods distribution partners, LAC school kids, LAC churches, LAC employees, etc.

Number of health outcomes improved

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Approximately 50,000 patients treated at the Jesus Healing Center (JHC) and LAC’s Malnutrition Center.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Child Sponsorship

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Education can be life-changing, not only for children in third world countries like Haiti, but also for their families. At all LAC schools, the focus is on providing a sound Christian education.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

More than 25,800,000 FMSC meals distributed last year = 2.15 million per month average.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We address the chronic poverty in rural Haiti by meeting physical and spiritual needs of the poor in Haiti and beyond, while seeking to empower those families to help themselves through sustainable development.

Love A Child envisions a Haiti where children and families facing extreme poverty can reliably access nutritious meals, education, and healthcare to improve their living conditions and work towards self-sustainability.

Love A Child provides humanitarian assistance in times of crisis for Haitians living in extreme poverty. Sourcing supplies received (of nutritious food, medicine, health, and building supplies) from all segments of the supply chain, our team then delivers the items to an established network of 90+ community agencies serving vulnerable populations in Haiti.

Our aim:

Education Programs: Serve approximately 8,000 children each day at all our 22 Love A Child Schools with education and nutrition services.

Feeding Programs: Deliver approximately 25 million meals through our Food Distribution Program, a program that stabilizes and benefits thousands of families.

Medical Programs: Through our Regional Medical Clinic and Mobile Medical Clinics in the mountains of Haiti, serve approximately 50,000 of the country’s most disadvantaged people.

Sustainability: Implement approximately six programs providing employment for no less than 2,400 Haitians through sustainability programs.

Love A Child provides gainful employment to 240+ school teachers throughout its network of 22 schools that are also maintained by the organization. Students receive school-uniforms, school supplies, and nutritious meals thanks to the strong global support received through donors.

Love A Child collaborates with a network of 93+ partner groups across the country of Haiti, consisting of orphanages and other ministry organizations that provide services to the most vulnerable populations. Through consistent donations and a centralized distribution process, we can distribute millions of meals with efficiency.

With the assistance of volunteer doctors and nurses, Love A Child regularly conducts remote mobile clinics in isolated areas of Haiti where there is no doctor, nurse, or local clinic. These "mobile medical clinics" have been established to treat such things as typhoid, malaria, worms, respiratory illnesses, charcoal burns, and many other life-threatening illnesses. Children with severe malnutrition or children in need of surgery are brought to our LAC Jesus Healing Center Clinic in Fond Parisien, Haiti for additional care.

To increase capacity, Love A Child is constructing a new, larger Regional Medical Clinic, that will be two and a half times the size of our current clinic and operate 24/7 to meet the increasing need for compassionate health care for the poor.

After the 2010 earthquake, LAC established a sustainability and development outreach model to help break the cycle of poverty of most Haitians. The model relies upon eight, interdependent elements working together, such as:

1) Grand Miracle Marketplace for more than 600 new businesses, providing more than 2400 jobs.
2) A regional Agriculture Training Center (ATC) to demonstrate and teach best sustainable farming practices for that area of Haiti.
3) Introducing Appropriate Technologies, small-scale technologies appropriate for use in developing countries, to provide immediate improvements to living conditions.
4) Established a chicken Co-Op providing job training and meat for the community.
5) Established an edible plant nursery to increase food security from new plant varieties, teaching plant propagation and maximizing nutrition from edible plants.
6) A reforestation program using various trees and plants, including bamboos and vetiver grass to reclaim and improve the soil and control erosion.
7) Provide Life Skills Mentoring to teach and equip Haitians to have successful businesses, not just job skills.
8) Introduce basic financial services and training to facilitate developing a local economy.

Love A Child is structured to achieve our mission and vision with maximum impact and efficacy. The 30,000 square foot Food Distribution Center in Fond Parisien, Haiti houses and distributes food, health supplies, medicines, disaster relief supplies, and building provisions.

Through 80+ freight shipments annually from our Worldwide Missions Headquarters Office in Fort Myers, FL, Love A Child can sustain the established programs and continue to see growth in the numbers of children being reached every day.

Love A Child has staff in the United States and in Haiti to support partnership initiatives, food distribution, medical care outreach, sustainability, and development initiatives. We also collaborate with agronomists, aquaculture experts, the World Poultry Foundation, entrepreneurs, researchers, and companies across the globe to strengthen and improve our sustainability outreach initiatives.

Love A Child (LAC) was incorporated in 1985 by missionaries Bobby and Sherry Burnette. With a focus to improve living conditions, particularly for children throughout Haiti, Love A Child provides aid during humanitarian disasters, distributes food, delivers medical care, and builds schools and churches. In addition, the organization operates a 21,500-square foot orphanage (home for more than 80 children), assists in developing industry through a marketplace, and educates Haitians about sustainable life improvements.

During the aftermath of the major earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010, and in partnership with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), Love A Child provided the land and resources for the largest field hospital operation available. The care for earthquake victims included treatment of infections, amputations, skin grafts, physical therapy, meals, prayer sessions, hygiene kits, and day-to-day living supplies. More than 2,000 patients were treated. Once the patients were treated, more than 2,500 earthquake evacuees and amputees were also provided the opportunity to move into 500 newly built homes.

Most recently, when Hurricane Matthew made landfall over the southwestern area of Haiti on October 4, 2016, Love A Child responded with supplies, including medicine, food, water, and blankets, as well as medical care.

The ministry extends internationally through the televised broadcast of Love A Child featured on television networks such as Christian Television Network (CTN) and Daystar. Furthermore, the organization broadcasts a Christian radio program in both Creole and English through CTN.

Last year, Love A Child delivered more than 25 million meals through our Food Distribution Program, a program that benefits thousands of families in some of the most remote mountain villages where people regularly die from starvation.

Our work includes rebuilding villages on the way to rebuilding lives. Love A Child is undertaking new and expanded programs in the areas of housing, medical care, as well as sustainable agricultural training for nearby villagers.

In 2020, we began the construction of a new Jesus Healing Center in Fond Parisien, Haiti, which provides Haiti’s poor with access to quality medical care at no cost.

In addition, Love A Child began construction of our new Malnutrition Center to broaden access to healthcare for children with malnutrition in Haiti.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We improved our medical outreach program based on a community member that we served.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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LOVE A CHILD INC

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bobby Burnette

Love A Child, Inc.


Board co-chair

Sherry Burnette

Love A Child, Inc.

Bobby Burnette

Love A Child, Inc.

Sherry Burnette

Love A Child, Inc.

Mark Ostrander

The Mission Church

Evie Ostrander

The Mission Church

John Boldt

Professional Engineer, ret.

Gordon Douglas

Christ View Church

Dr. Lonnie Langston

Tabernacle Bible College

Joe Ronsisvalle

Rockledge Christian Center

Dr. Roy Smith

Shrewsbury Gospel Temple

Norm Trebilcock

Trebilcock Consulting Solutions

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/29/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/29/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.