Our Homes: NPH Haiti

HaitiIn 1987, Father William B. Wasson founded Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs (NPFS, French for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), a home in Kenscoff, Haiti. Two years later, he and Father Rick Frechette established a medical program which would later become St. Damien Pediatric Hospital.

NPH Haiti Facts

Opened:
October 14, 1987

Children/youth fully supported:
909

Total services provided:
90,903 (includes St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, and youth fully supported, community children, youths and adults who receive support by either attending our onsite schools, receive scholarships, receive in-kind donations and or medical/social services.)

Location:
St. Hélène Foyer (the main children’s home) is in the mountains of Kenscoff, 5,000 feet above sea level, about 25 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital is in Tabarre, a suburb of the capital.

Features:
The main home site is on 15 acres and has residential cottages, a chapel, farm, and primary school (grades K-8).

  • In the aftermath of 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, NPH and its sister program, the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, assisted an estimated 6,100 people by distributing water, food, seeds, construction materials and medical supplies.
  • As a result of the 2010 earthquake, NPH/NPFS Haiti suffered the tragic loss of staff, volunteers and family members, as well as extensive facility damage. Despite these losses, by year’s end, they assisted over one million people.
  • Father Wasson Angels of Light in Tabarre provides a home and school for children displaced by the earthquake.
  • St. Damien Pediatric Hospital is the premier children’s facility in Haiti. It focuses on providing long-term care for critically ill children. It also offers outpatient care and public health programs that provide more than 80,000 services per year. Heart surgery was performed on site for the first time in 2015 with over 100 children receiving life-saving operations since then.
  • Kay St. Germaine and Elaine Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers provide therapy and education for children and adults with neurological disabilities.

Haiti Facts

Area:
10,714 square miles – slightly smaller than the state of Maryland

Population:
10,485,800 (July 2016 est.)
Note: estimates take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS

Languages:
French, Creole

Issues:
Poorest country in the Western Hemisphere; frequent natural disasters


More Information: 

Holiday Celebrations at NPH Haiti
• VIDEO: NPH Haiti: A Glimpse at Family Life, December 2013
• VIDEO: NPH Haiti St. Damien Pediatric Hospital: Not One Be Lost, October 2013
St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund
• Fact Sheet (PDF)
Home Map (PDF)
• Visitor’s Guide (PDF)


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