FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
We receive many questions each month from prospective donors, volunteers, the press, and people with a general interest in the children of Haiti. These frequently asked questions are a starting point for learning more about Maison Fortuné Orphanage and the Foundation. If you don’t see your question answered here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What are you looking for in a volunteer worker or visitor?
- Self-starters who do not need a lot of supervision
- Someone with specific skills who would not be taking the job of a Haitian
- Someone who has taken or is willing to participate in a recognized child-protection training (the one we use is VIRTUS, which you can check out on-line).
- Someone good at interacting with the children.
- Someone who passes a background check.
- Someone who speaks French or Creole along with English. They can help children by tutoring in math, science, biology, or English.
Why do you only accept donated goods that are on your Immediate Needs List?
How do I make a donation by credit card?
Click here to make your secure online donation – you can choose from a one-time payment or an automatic monthly sponsorship.
How long do students stay at the orphanage once they are admitted?
Students can live in the residence until they are 18. Once they are older we provide assistance for them to live in the community and continue to fund their educational expenses. Our University students also live off-campus but continue to be financially supported.
What is the age range for children at the orphanage?
School-age. Typically between 4 and 18 years old.
What are the criteria for taking in the children?
The children should be orphans and they are in many cases. However, in some cases, the child may have one or both parents still living but those parents cannot care for the child. In some cases, children are referred to us that have been found with no food, left to beg in the streets.
How do the children come to the orphanage?
Some of the children come on their own. They tell their story and it is verified as much as can be done. This might include a site visit to the last place the child called home.
Sometimes the child is brought by a grandparent or other relative. Usually, this is because the grandparent or relative has been left in charge of the child but the adult is too old or too poor to care for the child. Sometimes the child is brought by the police or the mayor who believes this is a good child that will die if left to try to live alone in the streets.
What are the educational expectations for residents?
Each resident is expected to attend school. The school day starts at 8:30 AM for primary school and 7 AM for High School. Children attended the primary school on campus or attended the local High Schools in Hinche. We also have 5 MFO Scholars attending college or Vo-Tech learning centers. At the end of each semester, grades are collected and monitored to help each student stay on track to reach their goals.
What are typical travel costs for a trip to the orphanage?
Many of the travelers from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia travel to and from Haiti by American or Delta Airlines. Airfare costs per round trip have been averaging from $600 to $900. There is also a surcharge per checked bag depending on the airline.
Once in Haiti, MFO will gladly arrange for your transport to Hinche – the roundtrip cost is $300 including the vehicle, fuel and driver. This can be split between your group. Once at the orphanage, meals and lodging are $50/night and wireless internet is included.
What shots and medicines are necessary to visit Haiti?
Before you go to Haiti, please consult your primary care physician about your international travel. You can also find more information at www.cdc.gov.
What insurance is available for medical emergencies while out of country?
Several companies provide low-cost insurance for overseas medical care and even med-evac coverage in case of emergencies requiring immediate medical evacuation to the U.S.
Maison Fortuné Orphanage Foundation raises funds and awareness so the children in our care are empowered to become the future leaders of Haiti.