Founded in 1997 as Providence Ministries, Kòt a Kòt began as a way to care for six little girls in Haiti. Our goal was to provide resources so these girls could be raised in a loving, Haitian family while maintaining ties to their families of origin and surrounding communities. We have been able to do this because of the wisdom and love of their Haitian foster family to whom we are so grateful.
Through the years we have raised money for community education and medical initiatives including earthquake relief, but our primary focus has always been on the girls. They have maintained close contacts with their families and have taken seriously the responsibility of their studies.
Kòt a Kòt is a Haitian Creole phrase that means "Side by Side". The girls are now young women and becoming more like partners...we are walking side by side with them rather than leading them. It is our desire to empower them, as they become independent and contributing members of their communities.
Our oldest young woman graduated from secondary school in 2013 and is hoping to enroll in nursing school in 2014. The other five young women are in secondary school and forming their own hopes and dreams for their future vocations.
We invite you to walk side by side with us on this exciting journey. You won't see a lot of specific details about these young women or where they live on public forums because we take seriously their privacy as well as their safety. If you're interested in keeping up with our work in a more intimate way or if you have any questions, you can contact Marcia Erickson (President and Co-Founder) at: firstname.lastname@example.org.