A Family [Re]United »

A tear slips down Gervens’ face. Lauren Neal, Jesus in Haiti staff member and respected partner of Back2Back, looks out among the children who have lived and grown alongside Gervens for the last seven years. The children at the Lighthouse Children’s Home register surprise, sadness, and wonder. The room quiets as they process the news. […]

Exploring their Big World »

The children from Lighthouse Children’s Home climbed aboard the bus and chose seats carefully as they settled in for an eight-hour drive to The Citadelle Laferriere. The Citadelle Laferriere sits atop Bonnet a L’Eveque mountain in Northern Haiti. It was built between 1805 and 1820, immediately following the The Haitian Revolution that gained the country […]

Building Strength »

Juan lowers himself into the water, keeping his eyes on Citlali, his physical therapist. She encourages him, pushing him to walk towards her in the pool. Juan, an 18-year old who has lived at Rancho de los Niños for the last ten years, is receiving hydrotherapy as an additional part of his physical therapy. Juan […]

Preparing for Her Future »

Zuri took a steadying breath. This is it. This is the next step necessary to her dreams coming to fruition. On March 16th, Zuri signed up to take the high school entrance exam. This step is both exciting and hard-worked for. Zuri struggled with maintaining high grades in elementary school. With the help of Fabiola, a […]

Celebrating Growth »

Ricky, a 23-year old who has lived at Rancho since June of 2006, is unable to speak or see. He can understand when others are talking to him, and responds with motions and small noises. Ricky, along with others at Rancho, receives regular time with both physical and speech therapists and as a result, the […]

Creating Healthy Outlets »

Perla runs up the field and kicks the soccer ball out in front of her. Racing towards the goal, she feels the sun on her back and punts the ball towards the net at the end of the field. It swings in gracefully and her arms shoot up into the air. GOAL! Perla and her […]

Small Steps Toward Confidence »

Erick pushes the correct button in front of him as he watches the pastor lead the congregation. It’s becoming like second nature to him, being a part of the visual team at his church, helping serve his local community. This very practice – of showing up and learning a new skill as part of a […]

Drawing Closer »

The room was quiet. Pairs of girls were spread all around the common area in the home. One teen girl for every younger one. Their heads were bent low over notebooks, as pens, pencils, colored markers and crayons scratched across the surface. Occasionally, soft talking broke the silence as the teams of girls worked together […]

A New Sense of Joy »

Rancho de los Niños staff hears laughter outside. They peek through a window and see Jesus Manuel laughing in the heat of the sun. This moment is new for the young boy; it wasn’t always possible for Jesus Manuel to be outside without someone right beside him. Twelve-year old Jesus Manuel’s days have been riddled […]

Naming Her Dreams »

She opens the door and walks to her seat. As she walks by, people take in her pink and white dress, smiling and complimenting her work. As she takes her seat, Wideline grins confidently. Not only is she wearing a new dress, she’s wearing a new dress she made herself. It’s Sunday in Haiti. “About a year ago, […]

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