God's Littlest Angels is located in the Kenscoff Mountains above Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The warm days and cool nights on the mountain are ideal for infants who are trying to gain weight and stay healthy. We run both a Nursery and a Toddler House.
On this page, you can see some pictures of the front of the building that houses the nursery and staff home, as well as pictures inside the nursery itself. The infant nursery is located on the second floor of the house. The paid Haitian nannies sleep in the nursery when they are on duty, and return to their homes after their shifts are complete. If there are single mothers working in the nursery as part of our Outreach ministry, they use cots in the nursery as their sleeping quarters. This allows them to stay close to their children during their stay with us.
At present, the nursery can accommodate 85 children. We use some stackable cribs, which allow us to utilize our limited space more efficiently. The nursery is comprised of 6 rooms. Two rooms are for sleeping and playing, two rooms are for children needing more individualized care, and one room is our Intensive Care Nursery. There is also 1 large room for bathing and changing the children. We also have two large, partially covered balconies. One is off the sleeping/play rooms where, during the day, the children spend a lot of time playing and eating. The other balcony is very large, and is where the volunteers work with the children.
The children develop strong muscles with the help of our devoted volunteers. The volunteers also play with the children, teaching them how to play, as well as, how to interact with other children during playtime. All of the infants and toddlers receive regular medical attention, baths, meals, clean changes of clothes, and of course, diaper changes. Our intensive care nursery provides medical care for any ill or malnourished children that God directs to us. We are able to provide monitoring and oxygen therapy, as well as IV support. We have a Pediatrician on call 24 hours a day. The nursery's washing machines are constantly in use, as there are always blankets and clothes to clean. We usually only receive about 3 hours of electricity each day from the Haitian power company. We have to supplement with our own generator and battery inverters to keep constant electricity flowing to the nursery.
In October 2002, GLA expanded and opened a new section for children over 2 years old. We call this the Toddler House. We opened with 20 children. Today, there are over 60 children in the house with 10 nannies. A pre-school teacher teaches pre-school Monday through Friday. The school age children are taught by a Haitian teacher throughout the week as well. They are taught in both French and Creole.
The home has 6 bedrooms, 2 classrooms, a large dining room, kitchen, and 4 bathrooms. There is lots of room for the children to play outside and even inside on rainy days.
Land has been purchased in Fort Jacques where a new orphanage will be built for the children. Plans are underway to build an orphanage large enough to house all of the children from newborn to 10 years old. The new facility will include the orphanage, pharmacy, classrooms, playrooms, guesthouse and volunteer quarters, office and storage complex, and a home for the Bickel family. Construction will start in the summer of 2007.
This photo shows the front section of the land. There are 4 acres of land or over 1 carreau (French measurement). An additional 2 1/2 acres of land (8600 sq. meters) has come available. We are negotiating at this time to purchase the additional land. It is located on the left side of this photo. The additional land has a large flat section that would be ideal for a play area for the children.
For those of you who have GOOGLE EARTH, the location of the property is: