Our Homes: NPH Haiti

HaitiHaiti Facts

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

Population:
10,788,440 (July 2018 est.)
Note: estimates take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS

Languages:
French, Creole

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

Discover NPH Haiti

Also known as Nos Petits Frères et Soeurs (NPFS, French for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), NPH Haiti was founded by Father William B. Wasson on October 14, 1987. 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:
981

Total services provided:
99,155 (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.)

Facilities/Programs:

  • St. Hélène Foyer, the main children’s home, is located 5,000 feet above sea level in Kenscoff, about 25 miles from the capital of Port-au-Prince. It is home to more than 400 children.
  • St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre, a suburb of the capital, is the nation’s premier children’s facility.
  • Kay St. Germaine, Kay Gabriel and Kay Elaine are rehabilitation outpatient centers providing therapy and educating children and adults with neurological disabilities.
  • Father Wasson Angels of Light in Tabarre provides a home and school for vulnerable and displaced children.
  • Don Bosco in Tabarre is a higher education program for youths who graduated from St. Hélène and are attending high school, university or technical schools.

Did You Know?

  • 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.
  • St. Damien Pediatric Hospital 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 150 children receiving life-saving operations
    since then.
  • Following an earthquake near Port-de-Paix in 2018, NPH and its sister program, the St. Luke Foundation for Haiti, distributed 600 sacks of rice, 200 sacks of beans, 600 liters of cooking oil, and 250 sacks of pasta, providing more than 1,000 children with three meals a day.
  • In 2018, a multipurpose space was constructed at the outpatient school and rehab facility Kay St. Germaine. It has areas for sports and dance for special needs students, and training workshops for staff, parents and patients.

More Information:

• VIDEO: NPH Haiti: A Glimpse at Family Life, December 2013
Holiday Celebrations at NPH Haiti
• 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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