History of the Foundation for the Children of Haiti
Chapter 4 – 1993: Hope Home
In 1993 Gladys became aware of another "Abandoned Children's Room" at the Port au Prince General Hospital… this one for children with disabilities.
Twenty-three children with complex disabilities – such as cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus, autism, severe vision impairment, developmental delays – were living on the concrete floor or in broken cribs in extremely filthy conditions. The distress caused by their special needs was severely intensified by a lack of care, attention and treatment.
Gladys and the Foundation responded in the same way as they had when establishing the Nursery, by renting a house near the Rainbow of Love building, acquiring basic furniture and equipment necessary to care for children with disabilities, hiring House Mom's to care for the children, and moving the 23 children to their new home – Hope Home.
Hope Home – Special care for special people
Caring for children with disabilities was new to the Foundation staff. With the help of professionals with expertise in special needs care – particularly teams organized by the Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti – Hope Home staff began to develop the skills necessary to provide quality care for these special children. Enhancing the care provided to the residents of Hope Home – physical, emotional and intellectual – is an ongoing commitment that continues today.
Hope Home … a place of love and dignity
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