NPH has been in Haiti for more than 30 years, addressing the social needs of the poorest of the poor, raising children in a loving environment and creating future leaders. The NPH programs are vast and include multiple homes for children, healthcare campuses and various educational facilities in Port-au-Prince and Kenscoff, Haiti.
Haiti’s economy suffered a severe setback in January 2010, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of its capital city, Port-au-Prince. Already the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with 80% of the population living under the poverty line, the earthquake inflicted $7.8 billion in damages. Over 200,000 people lost their lives in this disaster.
In 1987, Father William Wasson and Fr. Rick Frechette founded NPH Haiti – Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs (NPFS), French for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters,” a home for orphaned and abandoned children in Kenscoff, Haiti. Our home (St Helene) is found in a lush and cool location about 40km up the mountain from the capital of Port-au-Prince. St. Helene is home to over 400 children and has an elementary and secondary school on the property, chapel, and other amenities. An additional 350 children from the Kenscoff community attend the onsite school. We educate children right up to university level.
Our special needs home, Kay Christine, is located inside the St. Helene complex and is home to over 30 children and adults with special needs.
NPH also operates a range of community outreach programs:
- St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre treating children up to 14 years of age.
- We have three rehabilitation outpatient centres providing therapy and educating children and adults with neurological disabilities.
- Father Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL) is a school which was created for vulnerable children after the devastating 2010 earthquake.
NPH Haiti is led by Fr. Rick Frechette, Kenson Kaas, Dr. Jacqueline Gautier alongside 800 dedicated staff.
1987: Children’s home opened in Kenscoff.
1989: Fr. Wasson started first medical centre in Petionville.
1999: Our home for special needs children opened.
2004: Outpatient services started for disabled children in Wharf Jeremy.
2006: St Damien Paediatric Hospital opened in Tabarre.
2008: Rehabilitation centre (Kay Germaine) and school opened.
2010: 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit and the FWAL program began. Maternity, neonatal and cholera wards opened at our hospital.
2012: Fr. Wasson won the prestigious Opus Prize.
2012: Construction completed for FWAL program – a school and children’s home.
2017: Hurricane Irma hit Haiti, leading to a community outreach project to help devastated areas.
2020: NPH Haiti is affected by Covid19. Find out more here: www.nph.org/news/coronavirus
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