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.