History of the Foundation for the Children of Haiti


Perhaps you have heard these words from the writings of St. Francis of Assisi:

"Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible,
and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

These words capture the history of the Foundation for the Children of Haiti: first doing what was necessary, then what was possible, with the result being something we would have considered impossible at the outset.

In 1981 Gladys Thomas assumed management of a small, destitute orphanage in Port au Prince.  At that time no one would have dreamed that over the ensuing 3 decades – through God’s grace, the dedication of the Haitian staff, and the generosity of our supporters – the Foundation for the Children of Haiti would become the complex and sophisticated social services and healthcare organization that it is today. 

Check out the following links and we’ll take you through the wonderful journey of faith and hope that has led us from very humble beginnings in 1981 to today…

1981: First Steps
Mid-1980’s:  Haiti Home for Children and the First School
1987:  Rainbow of Love Nursery
1993:  Hope Home 
1994:  Hope Hospital 
2001:  The Children’s Village
2004:  Expansion of the Village 
2007:  Complications with the Adoption Program… A New Focus for Rainbow of Love 
2009:  Mussotte School  
2010 & 2011:  Earthquake and the Guest House  
2014:  Further development of the Village

Transform a small, rundown orphanage into a sophisticated organization offering high quality child care, education, special needs care ad complex medical services. Sounds like an impossible dream, doesn’t it?  But it happened. And FCH has more dreams that we are sure will one day come true. 

The Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti ("CFCH") is an all-volunteer fundraising organization that has supported the work of FCH since 1993.

Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti

6093 – 145A Street.

Surrey, B.C. V3S 4R6

CFCH is a Canadian Registered Charity

Canada Revenue Agency Business Number 89000 4591 RR0001