Ministries of Aides International, Incorporated (MAII) fights poverty by delivering aid and relevant education to children and families in need while protecting their dignity. We seek to share our love of humanity in all our work, and we serve anyone regardless of his or her history, appearance, faith, gender, ability, or lifestyle.
LOCAL EMPOWERMENT: We focus our programs in underserved communities from Haiti to Greater Boston, MA in the United States.
We also partner with other organizations to serve additional areas where we can have the greatest impact. Because we have been working with underserved populations for decades, we know each community’s needs intimately. We take seriously the power of grassroots, local initiatives and always strive to empower from within. This way, we prioritize local knowledge rather than simply importing ideas and expertise from elsewhere.
HOLISTIC APPROACH: MAII offers a continuum of services for people at every stage in the life cycle. Knowing that poverty is complex and multifaceted, we use a comprehensive approach that seeks to address the systemic causes of the problem. In order to bring lasting change, we lift up not only a child but also a family and a community, providing all people with education, healthcare, basic needs and caring support through all life’s joys and challenges.
DRIVEN BY VALUES:
Rev. Lucien sees MAII as an extension of Jesus’ call to love our neighbors as ourselves, and he has worked hard to keep that call at the center of everything he and the organization does. Every member of the MAII team strives towards this goal, which focuses our work in a moral duty to act with honesty, respect, social equity, and other Christian values.
Ensuring child protection is a core component of our international work and a guiding principle in all programs. We believe that a safe and nurturing environment is crucial for promoting the welfare and healthy development of children and youths.
As a result, we work to protect children’s from hunger, neglect, abuse, and exploitation while extending their rights to education, healthcare, and social services, in accordance to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Whether through our orphanage, our school system or other programs, we communicate to children that they are valuable individuals with great potential. We strive to empower them to advocate for themselves by providing a supportive environment that encourages them to participate in community activities and freely express their opinions, without fear of harm or rejection.
We promote and protect children’s rights through community-based support systems that seek to address the various forms of vulnerability children face in our communities.
In Haiti, MAII engages key players in local government, civil society, and the private sector to increase awareness of basic human rights and enforce child protection policies. Within the communities we serve, we partner with youths and adults to improve access to employment, career training, and other resources that help strengthen families and prevent neglect and abuse. We further work to build strong connections between MAII children and other youths by sponsoring recreational and educational activities that emphasize participation, teamwork, and cooperation.