Health—General & Rehabilitative

LOVE A CHILD INC

Love is something you do...

Fort Myers, FL

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

1986

Executive Director

Sandra Hazelip

Founders

Bobby and Sherry Burnette

Main Address

12411 Commerce Lake Drive

Fort Myers, FL 33913 USA

Keywords

Relief, Haiti, Medical, Poverty, Love, Child

EIN

59-2672303

 Number

8203020149

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Health Program (E70)

Minority Rights (R22)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Love A Child addresses the chronic cyclical poverty in rural Haiti.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Mobile Medical Clinics

Child Sponsorship

Development and Sustainability

Food Distribution

Disaster Relief

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of program graduates

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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 11,300 people through: our 92 direct food and goods distribution partners, LAC school kids, LAC churches, LAC employees, etc.

Number of health outcomes improved

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

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 8,500 children each day at all our 18 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 40,000 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 18 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 90+ 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.

We maintain close relations with many communities and villages and monitor the general conditions of health and welfare. We see tangible results through decreased illness, improved birth rates, and higher employment and commerce. Love A Child is deeply committed to transparency and tracking our progress against goals. The Love A Child donor database maintains a growing list of over 200,000 active donors, affiliates, and strategic partnerships. For each of our programs, our progress is measured by different types of measurement methods, including: - Annual enrollment rates in the Love A Child schools - Quarterly reports for the patients cared for at our Regional Medical Clinic - The measurements of patient success are tracked through an electronic medical records system - Mobile medical clinic reporting - Employment rate reporting at the Grand Miracle Marketplace - Sustainability training session sign-ups and participation We report on and share much of our progress through the Love A Child website (https://loveachild.com/), as well as on our social media platforms, such as Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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 2019, we completed the construction of a new Birthing Center in Fond Parisien, Haiti, which provides Haiti’s poor with family planning, prenatal, and postnatal care access to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates. In addition, Love A Child is constructing our new Jesus Healing Center to broaden access to healthcare for Haiti’s poorest families.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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