A New Path Forward for Haiti's Vulnerable Children: Partners Unite in Effort to Help Haiti's Children in Need

Port-au-Prince, Haiti — Representatives from Haitian Ministries and national and international partner organizations convened to sign a significant memorandum of understanding (MOU) recently to foster cooperation in their efforts to improve the conditions of children's lives in Haiti. At the signing ceremony, led by General Director Arielle Villedrouin, Institut du Bien-Être Social et de la Recherche (IBESR), the MOU formalized the relationship between IBESR and partner organizations as they seek to elevate the lives of vulnerable children.

The stakeholders, including USAID, UNICEF, the French Embassy, local organizations and international NGOs, presented highlights during the event of their interventions and achievements on behalf of children in Haiti. URC's Daniel Joseph called upon those assembled to participate in this open, IBESR led initiative. "This understanding will strengthen our ability to serve Haiti's most vulnerable children. By working collaboratively with each other under the umbrella of the National Guidelines, we can improve outcomes and save lives."

In Haiti in 2011, draft national service guidelines for vulnerable children were developed by IBESR/Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and vulnerable children's service providers, with technical assistance provided by URC's nonprofit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS). The guidelines, revised in 2012, were tested and refined in 2013 by select implementing partners in Haiti's North, Artibonite and West departments. The piloting phase demonstrated that these guidelines can have a measurable, positive effect on the health and well-being of Haitian children. During debriefing at the pilot's end, the implementing partners stressed that the guidelines could be effective only if put into action. Haiti officially adopted the National Quality Service Guidelines for Improving Vulnerable Children Programs on November 20, 2013.

Moving forward, the MOU will facilitate of partners' involvement in all IBESR efforts, such as the national guidelines, and will aid in the efficient coordination of their ongoing work to strengthen the quality of services for Haiti's vulnerable children. As General Director Villedrouin stressed in the forward to the guidelines, "The National Guidelines for quality services improvement for vulnerable children in Haiti require the contributions of all IBESR partners and Ministries concerned with this issue."

Mrs. Arielle Villedrouin, General Director of IBESR and Daniel Joseph, QI Advisor/ASISST, URC-Haiti. Photo courtesy of IBESR
Mrs. Arielle Villedrouin, General Director of IBESR and Daniel Joseph, QI Advisor/ASISST, URC-Haiti. Photo courtesy of IBESR
Date 
March 14, 2014
Authors 
By Daniel Joseph, Orphans and Vulnerable Children Quality Improvement Advisor, and Christina Zola, Communications Specialist
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