Our mission is to offer a comprehensive and inclusive program where each child entrusted to our care is given the opportunity and support necessary to reach his or her full potential in a safe, stable and loving environment.
We are proud of our beautiful and safe campus and the many opportunities it provides for the ZB family, and are continually adding and upgrading our facilities to further enhance our programs.
Grateful thanks to our many friends and donors who have helped to build our campus.
The Arts Center
The Arts Center is used for by the children for a variety of activities including painting, arts and crafts, music, storytelling, and special programs such as visiting artists and musicians. It is also used as a gathering place for visitors and meetings and has two guest bedrooms, each with a private bath.
Located in the center of the campus, this all-purpose space houses the nurse’s station, ZB offices, and a large library. Our children receive physical and occupational therapies and tutoring in this building, and we also use this space for meals when welcoming groups to our campus.
The St. Rose of Lima Dominican Chapel
Our chapel is the spiritual center of our campus and is a peaceful and quiet spot for rest and renewal. Church services for the Zanmi Beni community are held on a regular basis and it is a delight to hear the children singing in the choir. The beautiful windows, depicting images of Haiti’s patron, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Blessed Pierre Toussaint, and five Dominican saints including St. Dominic and St. Rose of Lima were designed by Fr. Cristóbal Torres, OP and executed by Deborah Griffin.
The Children’s Playground
We are fortunate to have large outdoor space on our campus with plenty of room for exercise and play. All of the children enjoy the colorful playground located in the center of the campus. We hope to add a soccer field and a basketball court in the near future.
Kitchen and Dining Hall
The children and staff are provided with nutritious meals that are prepared in our well-equipped kitchen. The children enjoy and share mealtimes together in our dining hall.
The Kay Luella Rose Dormitory
Centered around a spacious and bright courtyard and common space for recreation and conversation, this lovely new building houses the bedrooms, closet space and baths for our children who share either double or triple cheerfully decorated rooms.
An array of services including physical and occupational therapy are offered in our Therapy Room.
Our state-of-the art bakery has been a wonderful addition to life at Zanmi Beni. It provides fresh and delicious bread to our children and staff each and every day. Our products are sold in the community and our bakery provides jobs for the people in the local community and job training to staff and some of our older residents. We also bake great cakes for birthdays and other festive occasions!
“Eggs Beni” Chicken Coop
Our egg farm, home to 500 chickens, provides a good source of protein for our children. We are currently selling about 1,000 eggs a day to the local community with plans to increase production and sales.
Among the largest fish farms in all of Haiti, our fish farms grow both tilapia, a high protein food source, and a variety of ornamental fish that are sold throughout the United States. Our home-grown tilapia is a staple in the diets of children and is sold throughout Haiti.