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The Children's Villages in Santo, near Port-au-Prince and Cap Haitien are home to children from Haiti who face some of the poorest conditions in the world. SOS Children's Villages has been working here since 1982 and has also provided aid during natural disasters occurring in Haiti … more about our charity work in Haiti

Sad day for Haiti: Little Marevie passes away

Sad day for Haiti: Little Marevie passes away

Marevie, 2, who survived against all the odds in the aftermath of the devastating Haiti earthquake, has sadly passed away.

After overcoming severe malnutrition, and finding a new home and family in the SOS Children's Village in Santo, Marevie succumbed to Scimitar Syndrome, a condition which causes congenital heart defects. This was most likely caused by her neglect and the subsequent undernourishment she suffered as a baby.

Everyone at SOS Children, but especially the community of SOS Children’s Village Santo and her SOS mother and family are deeply saddened by the news. As the Village Director of Santo says, 'She was the sunshine and sweetheart of Santo.'

A battle to survive

Following the earthquake in Haiti on 12 January 2010, Marevie came to live at SOS Children’s Village Santo after being found weighing only four kilograms. She had been in the care of her father’s girlfriend, who had used Marevie to gain access to more food and medicine, but who had then only been feeding her biological children, leaving Marevie to starve.

When an SOS staff member first came across Marevie, he took her straight to hospital. It took months of treatment for her to recover. Marevie was finally welcomed into the SOS Children‘s Village in Santo on 10 February 2010 where she joined her SOS family. 

Two years on, SOS Children continue to support hundreds of children in Haiti. You can find out more information about our work in the country here.