The Maison des Anges children’s home
Some 100 children live at the Maison des Anges children’s home. They attend pre-school – located within the home – from the age of three, and regular (external) school from the age of six. As far as is possible, all of the children receive appropriate medical care.
Children’s home since 2000
Maison des Anges was founded in 1998 by Mr Leslie Maximilien and Ms Susan Krabacker. It was initially an orphanage for disabled children, before becoming a general children’s home and daycare center in 2000. Gladys S. Maximilien, wife of Leslie Maximilien, took over as Manager, and the Haitian ‘Institut du Bien Etre social et Recherches (IBESR)’ (Institute of Social Welfare and Research) issued an operating license. Maison des Anges then began to place children for adoption in France, followed by adoptions in Germany and Switzerland.
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
In the past, the home funded itself primarily by means of adoptions, with around half of children at any given time being placed with a family. That changed from April of 2014, when Haiti ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and amended its laws accordingly. These changes meant that it is no longer possible to cross-subsidize the home with adoption fees.
- Share of adoption fees prior to 2014 95% 95%
- Share of adoption fees after 2014 10% 10%
Monthly costs in USD
The staff of the children’s home include nounous (who care for the children), nurses, cooks, housekeeping assistants, teachers, office staff, security guards, drivers, and all-rounders – 65 people in total. The home must function around the clock, seven days a week and 365 days a year to ensure that the children receive the care that they need, and remain safe and secure.
The Maison des Anges children’s home needs USD 32,000 per month to cover food, treated drinking water, milk powder, baby food, diapers, clothing, medication, doctor’s fees, diesel (for the generator), staff costs, school fees, building maintenance and other costs. It is currently running a monthly deficit of between USD 10,000 and USD 20,000. This is covered by the Maison des Anges Association. The state pays nothing towards the costs of keeping the home afloat. If Maison des Anges is unable to raise the funding it needs, the children will have to go back on to the streets, or they will be exploited as child slaves – a fate affecting more than 250,000 children in Haiti.