The Atrelle Orphanage in Haiti
Haiti is one of the most densely populated countries in the world and one of the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
Imagine being born into extreme poverty, with little or no opportunity to support yourself or a family. The region of Atrelle, Haiti is a desolate mountainous area with no infrastructure. Access to water and sanitation facilities are extremely inadequate, which contribute to profoundly poor living conditions.
Born in the village of Ravine-Generale, Atrelle in the northwest part of Haiti, with 4 brothers and 4 sisters, Prosper Genestantís desire to survive was self motivated and driven. Self taught, he became the founder and Pastor of the Christian Assembly of Ravine- Generale Chruch in 1972. The demand for a congregation and school was compounded for the need to help one another survive.
Pastor Genestant was passionate about his ministries and education of the local children and opened a school and Atrelle Orphanage in 1976 with 100 children. Sadly in 2010 he passed away and left the responsibility to continue his mission to his son Diquince (Quincy) Genestant and the school director Iveles Dominique. The sense of duty, passion and courage has helped Quincy follow in his footsteps.
Currently totaling 280 children ranging in ages from 3 to 18 years, the children are educated in grass huts with no electricity and running water. The need to assume the responsibility for so many children was a result of the catastrophe in the Port au Prince region in January of 2010. Eating one meal a day is the norm for these children. And walking 10 miles per day to get to the school is the norm for some others who attend.