The acronym RENMEN stands for Recuperation des Enfants Necessiteux et Mal Encadres (Recuperation of the Needy and Underprivileged Children). Its meaning in Haitian Creole is love.
RENMEN Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization registered in the state of Florida that provides housing, food, healthcare and education to the children placed in the care of its orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti. There are currently 45 children residing ar RENMEN.
The Foundation also houses an elementary school, Institution Flaunapiou, grades K-6, for the orphanage children, as well as the neighborhood children who are enrolled there.
Additionally, RENMEN Foundation provides support services to the disadvantaged community of 564 families in the immediate surrounding neighborhood of Bon Repos. One of the first community projects undertaken by the Foundation was the installment and maintenance of a water pump that supplies the area with potable water. Access to clean, fresh water is one of the biggest needs facing Haiti, where waterborne illnesses, such as typhoid, cholera and chronic diarrhea, are the cause of more than half of the deaths in the country every year.
RENMEN works with and assists families providing them with the necessary resources such as financial support, emotional and psychological counseling, after school and weekend programs, food, clothing and education.
The 2010 Earthquake deeply affected the orphanage’s housing and infrastructure. While the facility’s security wall has been rebuilt ensuring the safety of the children and youth housed there, there are many ongoing rebuilding projects that require additional funding to complete.