Respire Ministries

Educate, empower and encourage orphans, restaveks and vulnerable children

aka Respire Haiti   |   Lafayette, LA   |  http://respirehaiti.org

Mission

To educate, encourage and empower restaveks, orphans and vulnerable children.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Megan Boudreaux

Program Director

Josh Anderson

Main address

PO Box 52845

Lafayette, LA 70505-2845 USA

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EIN

27-4059300

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Public Health Program (E70)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There are over 500,000 restaveks in Haiti (the term restavek comes from French, reste avec – “to stay with.) A restavek is an indentured servant; a child slave. Most of the children in our area are vulnerable and are restaveks suffering from malnutrition. Additionally, they also often do not attend school and are often verbally, physically and sexually abused. Many of these restaveks work under conditions that the United Nations defines as among the worst forms of child labor. Many of these restaveks are orphans with no voice to be heard and no one to protect them.

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?

Respire Haiti Christian School

Respire Haiti Christian School currently has over 500 students enrolled in grades K-9 as well as 2 special needs classrooms. The school consists largely of restaveks and former restaveks. Through educating community leaders, young adults and children about respect, abuse, violence, discipline and more, our desire is to help this generation put an end to the mistreatment of children in restavek situations.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The Respire Haiti Love +1 Medical Clinic is located atop Bellevue Mountain. This clinic was started to serve the 500+ students in Respire Haiti Christian school as well as the 100+ Respire Haiti staff and workers. At the beginning of 2019, the Clinic opened its doors to the community, providing affordable medical care to our surrounding community. Our clinic provides primary care services, as well as Prenatal, Family Planning, Malnutrition, and Community Education programs. The clinic is also home to our Mental Health and Therapy/Rehab Programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Respire Haiti believes that sports are an incredible way to not only engage with children but also to create leaders within the community. We currently have soccer and tennis. We have seen children become leaders in the classroom, the community and within their friend groups. In soccer, we currently have 5 girls playing for the Haitian National team that train and go to school full time at the Haitian Federation of Football Academy.. In tennis, we currently have the Number 1 ranked U12 boy in his age division.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

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 meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Respire Haiti Christian School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Respire Haiti Christian School serves two meals a day to all of our students and staff. Additionally, we are able to provide meals for Emergency Family Situations.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Respire Haiti Christian School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Respire Haiti Christian School has children from pre-Kindergarten to 9th grade, two special needs classes as well as two afternoon programs for children who have never been to school before.

Number of teachers trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Respire Haiti Christian School

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Respire Haiti Christian School desires to train our teachers to make sure they are knowledgable and successful in the classroom.

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.

The vision of Respire Haiti is to give a voice to the vulnerable children in Gressier. We want to use education to encourage and empower restaveks and orphans in a dire situation leading to a break in the cycle of child slavery in Haiti. Respire Haiti wants to provide restaveks with access to a quality education where they can develop mentally and learn about their identities in Christ. Education will create more opportunities for children who would have no other options but to continue in the cycle of oppression and abuse. Giving them an identity in Christ will equip them with an unshakable foundation for hope in the midst of despair. Respire Haiti will help to influence and change the entire culture of indentured servanthood and child slavery in Gressier, Haiti. Respire Haiti will empower the people of Haiti to end child slavery forever.

Respire Haiti's desire is to continue to encourage, empower and educate orphans, restaveks and vulnerable children. One of the most important ways for this to happen is to continue reaching out to children in the Gressier Community who are the most unlikely to go to school. Expanding education services for students, families and our staff is crucial to reaching this goal.

Respire Haiti has an incredible group of talented, educated and well-trained Haitian Staff members. We work with local community leaders and employ them as directors of programs as well as teachers, nurses, construction workers, coaches and more. Our desire is to empower our local community by employing Haitian members of our community in our programs.
Additionally, Respire Haiti's Board of Directors consists of 9 individuals who are extremely knowledgeable in financial and non-profit management as well as other essential departments such as medical and organizational management.

Respire Haiti has made incredible strides since it's founding in 2011. We have grown Respire Haiti Christian School from 75 children to over 500 children now. Our Love+1 Medical Clinic now sees thousands of individuals per month. Our physical and occupational therapy program sees over 100 children per week and also includes therapy support groups for stroke victims and parents of special needs children. Our soccer program has grown to 120 children and our tennis program has grown to 35 children.

We are beginning building on our Therapy Center in 2019. This facility will be over 6,000 square feet for both our Physical/Occupational Therapy Program as well as our Mental Health Counseling Program.

Additionally, our desire is to one day have a Community Center that is open to the community of Gressier, Haiti so that more children and young adults can be reached. This community center will include a Library, classes for music, art and business as well as a covered pavilion for community meetings and gatherings.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Respire Ministries

Board of directors
as of 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

David Cole

Raymond James

Term: 2019 -


Board co-chair

Ron Cadieux

The Raines Group

Term: 2019 -

David Cole

Raymond James

Stephanie Cole

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Caleb Bonham

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Matthew Downen

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Wesley Hill

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Ron Cadieux

The Raines Group

Newman Bankston

Egerton McAfee Armistead & Davis, P.C.

Megan Boudreaux

Respire Haiti

Justin Leblanc

First Baptist Zachary Church

Board leadership practices

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