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 centre 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's well-being.

The adventure began in 2001 with a class of 24 children open on the edge of the 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 with 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 becoming 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 by continuing to support 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 three 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 to be 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 INDMM 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, and companies as well as governmental and educational institutions to contribute to the overall development of Haiti and fight against poverty.

Our Work/Action


  • 3 Headteacher for the Kindergarten, 1st cycle and 2nd cycle for the primary school
  • 25 Haitian teachers
  • 1 cultural activity and school disciplinary manager
  • 1 supervisor

The overall structure is supported by the school administrators:

  • 1 administrator
  • 1 assistant and nurse
  • 1 secretary

The school has been aided by European volunteers until 2018 to help to develop teaching methods and organization.

Currently, due to unsafe country conditions, we can’t welcome volunteers for the time being.

The educational staff accompany children in their daily life, for tutoring, and for social activities :

  • 3 Educators
  • 2 monitors
  • 3 house supervisors
  • 1 cooker
  • 1 household keeper

A real team is there to support the orphanage administration

  • 1 administrative and finance manager, which is a foreign volunteer. Due to the safety context, the last volunteer has been repatriated end of 2019. We hope the situation recovers soon to welcome new volunteers. 
  • 1 administrative assistant
  • 1 commodity manager
  • 2 Technicians

We welcome regularly interns as a way to promote youth education and professional development in a larger way. In 2019, we accompanied 11 psychologist interns for about 6 months. They brought us a psychologist analysis and support psychologically a number of children.
International volunteers also come regularly to support children's education and for other various missions.


We can rely only on private funds and resources, thus the support from our donors is crucial to conduct our actions and changing the lives of the children in Cap-Haitien. Our partners are the individuals, corporations and institutions who provide the financial and human capital that allow us to take on the world’s toughest challenges. Our partners are changemakers and they put their money where it is most needed, to support improving living conditions, education and projects to promote self-sustainability at the organization and within the community. 

To find out more about how to support INDMM and the various initiatives that we are running click here to contact us. (link to contact form page)

Action Five e.V.

Action Five is a German charity founded over 40 years ago with the mission to support educational projects in developing countries.
Action Five has supported INDMM since the beginning by providing financial aid to cover wages for teachers, administrative personnel and long-term volunteers.  The organisation has also supported INDMM with the execution of bespoken projects by providing funds and resources. Thanks to Action Five, we were able to install a water distribution system to provide drinkable water, a rainwater harvesting system, vegetal wastewater systems and electricity with solar panels. They also supported during severe food supply shortages. Action Five e.V are also our partner for our children's sponsorship in Germany.
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Food for the Poor
Food for the Poor is a partner of the INDMM and has been a regular donor for Haiti supporting the organisation by providing supplies. The organisation also played a major role in financing the first building construction for the institution back in 2007.

Haiti Kinder Hilfe e.V.
Haiti Kinder Hilfe is a german charity founded in 1982 initially by a group of friend to help children in Haiti under the chairmanship of Ms. Marie Josée Laguerre, Haitian. The Charity has 2 children center andinsertion center/professional integration centerfor young men. It helps also other schools, orphanages and children with sponsorship. HKH follow the vision of educating children to be autonomous, proactive and to take confidence with themselves and their country. They provided a specific help after the seism in 2010 to rebuild the schools and center and to provide medical units. HKH help the INDMM sincexxx.

OIKOS is a german charity that promote pedagogy and psychology whille respecting a holistic view of people: need for meaning, freedom, responsibility, desire for justice, for competence, for the right measure, for a clear life direction
They currently support the wage of the cultural activities and disciplinary manager at school.

Phaidros is a german foundation that grants scholarships for young people´s education and vocational training mainly in Haiti.They support the INDMM regularly each years.
Website link :https://www.phaidros-jugendstiftung.de/

Timothée, marguerite et A pas de Louvat
Since 2018, after his visit with her daughter Marguerite, Timothée decided to help the INDMM with sponsorship. He help with the fund A pas de Louvat to support secondary and graduate student in their studies.
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EHFA is a french charity created in 2005 by haitian children adopting families to helps development projects in Haiti. They offer administrative and logistic help to conduct our projects.

Les Enfants d’Haïti
Following their stay as volunteers, Pauline and Lucile created in 2018 a charity to help the children and the institution. They organize events, collect, and communication to help us.
The organized a loto and a Christmas collect in December 2019.

French Embassy
Since 2008, The INDMM is part of the food aid program of the French Embassy in Haiti. It provides food to the orphanage.

DIANO is a German charity of dentist who help the Caribbean countries by offering dental cares.
They provide the INDMM dental cares for children and employees. They also offer various donations in kind.

After the 2010 seism, some students decided to help Haiti. Since then, the school organize collect to help the INDMM. We also welcome regurlarly freshly graduated student for several months to accompany children with tutoring, activities and support for daily life in the orphenage.

We can also rely on ponctual donators. They are companies, charities, schools, churches, etc.

They supported us on our projects these pasts years:
AARPI STAS ET ASSOCIES, Lions Club Malmedy, APLM, Paroisse Notre Dame de Lorette, Ecole Pierre Termier, Ecole des Sacrés-Cœurs, Ecole des Sacrés-Cœurs, Ecole de la Trinité, Rotary Club Bonn, Ingenieure ohne Grenzen e.V.

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What we have accomplished since our founding in 2001

14 children graduated

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56 orphans housed

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