Saint Vincent's School for Handicapped Children
Until it was tragically destroyed by the earthquake that struck Haiti in January, 2010, St. Vincent’s School in Port au Prince was the only institution in Haiti that provided health care and education for handicapped children. The school served over 300 youngsters suffering from physical handicaps, blindness, deafness and speech impairments. Most of the children lived at the school, where they received care and participated in a full academic program plus classes in signing for the deaf and in music.
Nine students lost their lives in the earthquake. Much of the residential facilities are still standing, but the school and brace shop were destroyed. Other facilities were badly damaged.
Care for hundreds of children was provided at a medical clinic and a physical therapy unit and a prosthesis shop. St. Vincent’s was known as the place where families could find assistance for children with many medical conditions including polio, scoliosis, cerebral palsy and brain damage. The brace shop, staffed by deaf adults who were former St. Vincent’s students, provided custom-made braces and shoes.
Steps are being taken to restore this vital institution. The Medical Benevolence Foundation and International Health & Development are working with PC(USA)’s partner in Haiti, the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, on a plan to reconstruct the facilities You can help bring St. Vincent’s back to Port au Prince with your gifts to PC(USA) account #862627.