Holiday Celebrations: NPH Haiti
There are nine days of processions leading up to Christmas. On Christmas Eve at St. Helene (the main home), the children dress up for Mass with Fr. Rick Frechette followed by a special dinner of chicken, rice, beans, and more. During the night, Tonton Nwèl (Santa Claus) brings toys for the younger children. Christmas Day features piñatas, feasting, and a song and dance competition.
Traditionally, Haitians exchange gifts with one another on Christmas Day. The children at NPH Haiti receive gifts on January 6 in order to be in solidarity with the other NPH homes that give presents on Three Kings’ Day.
|Sample gift bag contains clothes, shoes, a book, a toy and candy.
Gift Bag: $145*
*The high cost of a gift bag in Haiti is due to the devaluation of the national money (gourdes) to the U.S. dollar. Also, most items need to be imported and each time the value of the U.S. dollar increases, the costs rise as well.
• Our Homes: 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)
May I send a gift bag to my sponsored child?
Unfortunately, no. It is not cost effective for us to designate items to individual sponsored children. Your donation will be used where most needed in the country you select. But you can send your sponsored child the best gift of all, a heartfelt message full of holiday cheer! Click here to learn more.