Why Women’s Programs

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

The other day I read the article below and I was especially disturbed by the last paragraph,

According to one of Alusma’s trainees, “in Haiti, most women don’t have jobs and depend on men for clothes and food & help; to keep that relationship they have to have sex with them. I’ve learnt a lot here and when I get out, I’m going to be passing on the information to my son and daughter.”

After reading this paragraph, something in me cried out,

This is one of the reasons we have women’s programs, so the ladies will not have to have sex with a man or be abused by a man  for clothes and food  or for any other reason.

Heartline’s Women’s Programs

Maternity Center

  • Prenatal care
  • Clean, well equipped place to give birth
  • Education
  • Postpartum program for six months after giving birth
  • Counseling, prayer, encouragement, love, support
  • Bible study
  • Feeding of ladies in the program
  • Women supporting women
  • Family planning
Women’s Center
  • Literacy classes
  • Sewing school
  • Jewelry making classes
  • Craft making classes
  • Cooking school
  • An opportunity for ladies to make money  through the sale of the purses, jewelry, and crafts that they make and that we sell in our shops and through Haitian Creations.  The ladies are making money, caring for their children and families and no longer find themselves in a position of having sex for food and clothing.
  • Teaching women a trade such as cooking and sewing so that they can, themselves, get jobs and not be dependent on handouts.
Harbor House: The Teen Mom House
  • A place where 8 teen moms live with their children.  A two year program  where we are speaking into their lives as we endeavor to see them become godly women  and moms.   A place where we can help these young moms learn life skills.  It is a safe, loving and caring place.  It is a harbor in the midst of stormy seas.
Read the article below and especially the last paragraph.  Think about it, let it sink in, and help Heartline to make a difference in the lives of women in Haiti.
Men
As Heartline moves into the year 2012 we have plans to begin a discipleship/vocational program for men.  It will be a place where we first teach about biblical principles of being a godly man and then a vocation where the men can work, provide for their families, and help others.
You can help us help others.  Click here to see more of what Heartline is doing.  Men, men’s groups, churches, contact us to see how you can get involved in our Discipleship Program for men.
Please read the article below, think about it and as Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision said,
Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.
And let’s shout,
NO MORE!
John McHoul
PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE BELOW

Heroes of HIV: The prison educator

December 1, 2011 at 6:45 AM by AHN ·

Port-au-Prince, Haiti (IRIN) – The latest chapter in our Heroes of HIV film series follows former prisoner Jean Julux Alusma as he works to increase awareness and understanding of HIV/AIDS among inmates of Haiti’s jails.

“In Haiti, 120,000 people are living with AIDS, of which 67,000 are women, who are always more at risk,” says Alusma. Today, Haiti has the highest HIV/AIDS rate in the Caribbean, with 2.2 percent of adults estimated to be HIV positive. Young women are more than twice as likely to be infected as young men.

In Haiti’s only women’s prison, Alusma trains a select group of peer educators, who in turn pass on the information to other prisoners.

“When prisoners are exposed to other prisoners teaching them about HIV, they are much more willing to accept an HIV test, more willing to access medical care and more eager to take their medications and enter into treatment,” says John May of Health Through Walls, an NGO.

In Haiti, stigma, discrimination, a weak health care system and extreme poverty greatly increase the impact of HIV/AIDS.

According to one of Alusma’s trainees, “in Haiti, most women don’t have jobs and depend on men for clothes and food & help; to keep that relationship they have to have sex with them. I’ve learnt a lot here and when I get out, I’m going to be passing on the information to my son and daughter.”

– Provided by Integrated Regional Information Networks.

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Comments
  1. kathy says:

    It is very sad. Education is one of the answers, but Jesus is the most important one.

    • johnmchoul says:

      Yeah, it is exciting when the ladies begin to see and understand. It is especially glorious when they begin to look to Jesus as more than some historical person but as Savior

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