Port-au-Prince, HAITI — April 29 marked the 30-year anniversary of Kindernothilfe (KNH) in Haiti and 30 years of partnership with The Salvation Army.
This milestone was marked with a celebration at the Plaza Hotel in downtown Port-au-Prince. KNH partners were present to share their thanks and well-wishes, along with special performances from the children involved in KNH-sponsored programs.
The Salvation Army was among the honored guests of KNH, acknowledging the integral role the Army played in bringing KNH to Haiti in 1981, in support of its children. Major Sylvaine Maegli, College Verena administrator, gave the opening special remarks and thanked KNH for their “solid partnership that has allowed The Salvation Army to bring education to children and a hope for a new life.”
For 30 years, KNH has sponsored Salvation Army programs in and outside of the Port-au-Prince area. College Verena was the first and longest-standing sponsorship program that has paid school fees for children, teachers’ salaries, books and uniforms at various points throughout the partnership. Recently, KNH agreed to finance the College Verena campus construction in Delmas 2 after the buildings were damaged beyond repair in the earthquake. KNH has also sponsored both of the Army’s children’s homes, an AIDS orphan program and a nutrition center in Fond des Nègres at various times.
KNH sponsorships and support have undoubtedly affected the lives of thousands of children in Salvation Army schools and programs alone.
“KNH has meant a lot to the Army through the years,” said Major Anne Kristine Herje, former administrator of La Maison du Bonheur children’s home and current Norway sponsorship coordinator for Haiti. “No organization gave so much money and demanded so little in return, and it has been a great pleasure for me to work with them for 16 years.”
KNH Haiti has made, “Rebâtissons Haïti avec les enfants” (Rebuilding Haiti with the children), its focus after the 2010 earthquake. Moving forward, KNH is expanding its scope to have greater impact on the development and wellbeing of Haiti’s children, making it an ideal partner for the Army.
Congratulations to KNH. Here’s to the next 30 years of partnership in support of Haiti’s children and its future.
Communication Officer/Officier de communication
The Salvation Army/Armée du salut
Haiti Recovery & Development Office/Haiti, bureau de restauration et de développement
Tel: (509) 34.62.26.03