“Enfants Soleils d’Avenir” fundation
Enfants Soleils d’Avenir (ESA) is a Martinican and Caribbean endowment, which was created in 2010 to collect funds to support and finance a variety of projects benefitting children throughout the Caribbean. The “ESA-Caraïbes” Association was created in 2013 to carry out and support these projects. Its partner organization in Thiotte-Haiti is partnering for the third year in 2020 with the Global Balance Foundation (GBF) to introduce and grow Acupuncture medical missions to address some of the medical needs in the local community.
Founded by Doctor Serge CHALONS, pediatrician, and specialist in community health and disaster medicine, ESA brings together around twenty members across the Caribbean, mainly in Martinique, Haiti, Saint Lucia, and Dominica – all volunteers.
The funds collected are mainly small individual donations, and ESA’s accounts are regularly checked by a chartered accountant and an auditor.
In Haiti, ESA has chosen to focus its efforts around the City of Thiotte, in the Sud-Est department, a rural and difficult-to-access region where basic water, health, education and environmental services are very poorly developed.
In Thiotte, ESA has built relationships of trust and has been working for several years with community organizations and local authorities, directly involved in improving the living conditions of their population, within the framework of a participative democracy and a sustainable agroecological development. ESA collaborates with the local community for the repair and extension of the water distribution system, the establishment of a natural park for the protection of the forest, the organization of medical missions and the schooling of children within community schools. ESA is also looking in Martinique, in the Caribbean and beyond, for technical and institutional partners and funding to support these various projects, and to set up the proper cooperation and solidarity agreements.
In the Caribbean, ESA has also been developing a pediatric medical cooperation program since 2013, for specialized medical consultations and training, and medical or surgical treatment of children at the University Hospital Center of Martinique. Hundreds of children in Haiti, but also in Saint Lucia and Dominica, have already benefited from this program for specialized consultations in neurology or cardiology, and a dozen children have already been supported by ESA for cardiac interventions in Martinique.
In addition, in a Caribbean region subject to the risk of major natural disasters, ESA members coordinate citizen solidarity actions and humanitarian aid for the victims, as in Haiti after cyclone Matthew or in Dominica after cyclone Maria.