About the INDMM

Our story

In 2001, the adventure began with 24 classes and more with the citizens of Cap-Haïtien before becoming the school and the home center that we know today.

The INDMM has been working for almost 20 years, with constant success, improving the quality of life of many children.
It all started in March 1997 with the creation of the "Community of Catholic Laity of Haiti" (CLCH) by Mrs. Claudette N. Leconte whose mission is supporting the poorest communities and especially the children.

Thus, the INDMM was founded under the inspiration of the founder to provide education to the poorest children whose families cannot afford school fees. Community members are committed to living the gospel on a daily basis and working within the Institute for the children well-being.

The adventure began in 2001 with a class of 24 children open on the edge of Shada slum in Cap-Haitien.

In 2007, a benefactor recognized the positive potential of such a program and decided to strengthen its support for the organization by providing the institution a large lot in Vaudreuil, in the suburbs of Cap-Haitien, the current residence of the INDMM. The American foundation "Food for the poor" was responsible for financing the construction of our school and the living quarters for the orphans and their teachers. The foundation still supports the INDMM mainly with food and hygiene for children.

In 2007, in view of the dramatic situation of some children, Mrs. N. Leconte decided to build an orphanage for the poorest. The school offers not only free education to orphans and poor children, but also a home, daily food, health care and quality human supervision.

At the end of the 9th year of primary school or become adults, however some children from the school or the orphanage are still in great vulnerability.
As the country has a very high unemployment rate and the population is very young (+ 53% of the population under 25 [1]), education and professional integration are major challenges.
The institution has chosen to support the transition of these young people towards autonomy and employment throught continuing supporting them in their schooling or vocational training.
With this in mind, the INDMM enables young people who have the capacity to pursue secondary and higher education. Currently, the institution supports a dozen of young people among children reintegrated into their families, those carrying out higher education outside of Cap Haitien, or alumni of the school.

Today, the INDMM gives a perspective to more than 400 children between 5 and 30 years old.

[1] The World Factbook 2019. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2019.

Our Mission

Our vocation is to provide orphans or children whose parents live on the margins of society support and qualitative education without faith distinction.

The vision of the INDMM is to provide quality education to the poorest children of the Haitian Cape to enable them to find a worthy place in Haitian society. Our vocation is to provide children whose parents live on the margins of society with support and an education of quality without regarding faith distinction.

Our mission is based on 3 main objectives (make a diagram, find an infographic)
• Education
The INDMM provides a learning environment that encourages the creative, intellectual and personal development of students.
• Living conditions
The INDMM strives to improve standards in health, education and infrastructure to enable children to develop and learn in good conditions.
• Accountability
The INDMM trains young people open to the world, autonomous and responsible. It helps them to find their way, and helps them enter the workforce and become committed citizens for the development of their country.

Our values and our commitments:
We display strong convictions to reach our goals
We strive to be true to our values in the very management of the institution as well.

In concrete terms, we strive to respect the following rules of good management:
• Qualified management
The INDMM regularly trains teachers and supervisors to help them develop their skills, especially educational skills for better learning and support for children. The INDMM seeks to hire qualified personnel under the constraints of the means at its disposal.
• Transparency
The INDMM has a structured organization where each person finds his place and has a defined role.
The INDHM ensures that donations are managed carefully and intelligently and is accountable to its partners.
• Autonomous management
The INDMM encourages micro-programs whose enduring effects contribute to self-sufficiency.
• Social and sustainable development
The INDMM draws on local and international resources in the health, pedagogy and technology sectors that promote social integration and sustainable development.
• Global and local cooperation
The INDMM is actively engaged in the local and global sphere by building partnerships with fellow charities, foundations, companies as well as governmental and educational institutions to contribute to the overall development of Haiti and fight against poverty.



What we have accomplished since our founding in 2001

14 children graduated

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56 orphans housed

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