NPH Haiti and St. Luke Foundation Programs
An overview of our extensive Haiti programs.
December 14, 2011 - Haiti
Our Haiti programs have a strong focus on the NPH pillars of childcare, healthcare and education.
Included in our “Programs of Life” are:
Fr. Rick Frechette with FWAL students
Fr. Wasson Angels of Light (FWAL): Located in Tabarre, the FWAL homes of St. Louis and St. Anne began in response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake. These homes are a safe haven to over 180 children ages 14 and under. FWAL also operates a primary school which serves the children of St. Louis and St Anne, as well as 600 additional children from the surrounding areas of Port-au-Prince, including the tent cities. Each student receives free tuition, materials, uniform and lunch. FWAL also hosts outreach programs including a social service program that provides supervised case management support to one family at a time.
In 2011, the program served 1,750 children from January to June, 500 children from June to July, and 800 children from October to December.
St. Helene: Located in the mountains of Kenscoff, (elevation 6,000 feet) is a permanent home to over 400 children. An additional 400 students from the community attend the on-site school. Kay “House” Christine is located inside St. Helene and is home to over 30 children with special needs.
In 2011, the home and school served over 800 children.
Don Bosco: Roughly 250 children and youths, still supported by NPH Haiti, are enrolled in the Don Bosco program. Students live with extended family or in student housing and attend secondary school, professional, vocational or university. The new site of the Don Bosco program is located in Tabarre, just down the road from the St. Damien hospital.
In 2011, the program served 250 youths.
St. Francois d'Assise Professional School: The new professional school, built adjacent to the Fr. Wasson Angels of Light campus in Tabarre, started construction and will include a convention center for trainings and formations, as well as classrooms. Once completed, it will serve 120 students in the first year, 30 from each of the following careers: telecommunications, nurse’s aide, plumbing, and construction/engineering techniques.
Construction in progress.
St. Damien Pediatric Hospital: The St. Damien Pediatric Hospital served 70,000 patients in 2011, with a staff of 450 employees. The hospital offers services in outpatient care as well as a 24-hour emergency room; critical care unit, infectious and non-infectious disease wards, pediatric hematology/oncology, surgery, neonatology and maternity. Specialty clinics and services are available for chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, sickle cell, and cardiology.
Additionally, the St. Damien Public Health center provided outreach in 15 of the surrounding tent cities in Tabarre. At the camps, the public health center provides both education and preventive care—teaching the populations about both infectious and non-infectious illnesses. They visit the “homes” of patients, and meet with community leaders. There is extensive community involvement from everything from cleanup campaigns and immunizations to outreach to pregnant women from 15 to 49 years old. Serious cases are referred to St .Damien Pediatric Hospital or the St. Luke Medical Center.
Kay St. Germaine and Kay Eliane: The St. Germaine center in Tabarre, averages 40 children a day for therapy and 20 stroke patients. In addition, 85 children attended special education classes. Kay Eliane opened in March with an average of 20 patients daily receiving therapy and pre-school stimulation. Two physical therapists and one teacher staff this center in Petionville.
Outreach programs such as micro credit loans to families and a card-making program for mothers, helps reinforce the commitment to helping families with neurologically challenged children.
St. Luke Health Programs: The St. Luke Medical Center is comprised of the St Luke Family Hospital, St. Philomena Trauma and Disaster Wing, Outpatient Clinic and Orthopedic Surgery Center. The hospital has a 250-bed capacity and served over 60,000 patients in 2011, including 20,000 victims of cholera. The hospital employs over 300 staff, all Haitian.
The hospital offers services in outpatient care as well as a 24-hour emergency room; critical care unit, and infectious and non-infectious disease wards. Long-term housing and care is available for those suffering from chronic conditions such as neurological injuries and tuberculosis. A surgery center, which includes private facilities from those suffering from sexual and violent assault, provides top-line orthopedic surgical care and follow-up. Short-term medical personnel from Mayo Clinic, Brown University and Akron Children’s Hospital provide training and development with local staff. Digital, internet diagnostics allow for continued follow up on this training and development.
St. Luke’s surgery is composed of two surgical suites, a recovery room, prep room, and a sterile changing area. Approximately 1,000 orthopedic surgeries will be performed per year. The staff includes 20 full-time Haitian, as well as visiting teams from the US and Europe that will rotate in throughout the year.
For 2012, the St Luke Medical Center plans to be our secondary health care center, accepting both adults and children from our first line medical clinics (St. Mary Hospital in Cite Soleil, Manitane Prenatal Clinic, Wharf Jeremy Family Clinic, FWAL Clinic, St. Helene Clinic, and the Abricots Clinic).
St. Mary, Star of the Sea: The new St. Mary hospital in Cite Soleil will provide critical first line care for patients from one of the poorest areas of Haiti. Planning to serve an estimated 35,000 patients a year, the hospital will have an outpatient clinic, 80 inpatient beds, and an emergency surgery center. The hospital will be a critical health intervention providing comprehensive health services in an area where nothing exists.
St. Luke Clinics: St. The St. Luke Clinics of Manitane (Prenatal Care), Wharf Jeremie, and Abricots (Cholera) served over 30,000 patients in 2011.
St. Luke Education System: The St. Luke Education System grew to include 29 schools this year, including 7 in the province (rural Haiti) and 21 in Port-au-Prince. The St Luke Education System serves over 8,000 students in Haiti.
The Education System now has 27 primary schools, including the newly renovated/constructed St. Joseph, St. Francois d’Assise, and St. Luke Petit Compagne schools in Port-au-Prince.
Additionally, St. Luke’s flagship secondary school, the Academy of Peace and Justice, constructed an additional 24 classes, and added two new grade levels, 8th, and 9th. The school now serves 954 children from grades 7th-9th.
Francisville: In 2012, we hope to continue making the Francisville medical supplies depot a complete resource for all of our medical programs in Haiti. We currently receive all medical donations, both supplies and pharmaceuticals in the warehouse. We also stock all medications, purchased and donated for St. Philomene.
In the coming 2012 year, our goal is to do the same for the whole St. Luke Family Hospital, as well as St. Mary's Hospital in Cite Soleil when it opens. We hope to further develop relationships with NGO's in Haiti and internationally, in order to subsidize the enormous cost of medicines to our programs. This will also allow us to receive more medications from the U.S. and Europe which is our ultimate goal, as medicines in Haiti cannot be guaranteed for quality or safety. We hope that this progress will enable the most efficient distribution of resources and keep our medical facilities completely stocked with medicine and materials in order to provide the best possible care to our patients.
History of the St. Luke Foundation.
Ivy Kuperberg, Dieuveck Rosembert