School for Handicapped: Hope Home
Cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, profound autism, severe vision impairment, and other complex disabilities were burden enough for twenty-three children found in 1993 living in "The Room for Abandoned Children" at Port-au-Prince General Hospital.
Children were lying on the floor in very unsanitary conditions. There were no resources available for rehabilitation programs to deal with the symptoms suffered by the children or to slow the progression of their disabilities, and no emotional support or intellectual stimulation for the children.
Moved by a profound sense that these children deserved to be treated with love and dignity, FEH established "Hope Institute for Handicapped Children," now known as "Hope Home." Local women were hired as "house mothers" to care for the children.
Today, Hope Home is now home to 28 children and young adults with a wide range of disabilities. The residents range in age from birth to late twenties. The "house moms" at Hope Home care for the physical and emotional needs of their children, making every effort to ensure that Hope Home is as much like a family home as possible.