Œuvre Saint-François-d’Assise

Categories: Éducation, Santé, TSF en Haïti


History


In 1981, Sister Flora Blanchette, of the Centre missionnaire des Auxiliaires Franciscaines, arrived in Île-à-Vache. A nurse by training, she opened a dispensary to serve the community. She provided care to sick people of limited means, organized mobile health clinics throughout the island, and took in orphans and people with disabilities of all ages. A daycare, Petits Poussins, opened. The centre grew quickly, and the need to open a primary school became clear.

Today, the organization consists of three sections: a care centre for children, including around 30 with disabilities, a school and a pharmacy. TSF supports the care centre, while the school and pharmacy receive assistance from other stakeholders.

TSF began supporting the organization in 2015, contributing to a specific project, then provided financial assistance for the care centre’s operations in 2016.

TSF also helped Sister Flora with the transition to new leadership; the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi now run the organization.


Activities


Childcare program
70 beneficiaries

The centre provides shelter, three meals a day, guidance, medical care and schooling to the 70 children housed there.
32 children with disabilities (15 girls and 17 boys)
38 children without disabilities (17 girls and 21 boys)

The centre provides shelter, three meals a day, guidance, medical care and schooling to the 70 children housed there.
32 children with disabilities (15 girls and 17 boys)
38 children without disabilities (17 girls and 21 boys)

Restructuring and administrative organization
Implementation of a computerized accounting system, an administrative procedure and monthly budget monitoring
Review of employee contracts, duties and schedules
Establishment of new leadership to ensure the organization’s future

Improved sanitation
Treatment and control of scabies among all the children and staff onsite when the project was resumed
Rehabilitation and addition of toilets and showers
Rehabilitation of the laundry room
Rehabilitation and adaptation of the bathroom for children with disabilities

Improved conditions for children with disabilities
Rehabilitation of the therapy and medical care building, including a specialized classroom for 12 children able to go to school
Implementation of daily medical follow-ups


Schooling program
358  beneficiaries

189 girls and 169 boys attend the organization’s school.
Œuvre Saint-François-d’Assise has housed and schooled children who are now accountants, managers, plumbers, laboratory technicians, nurses, auxiliaries and doctors. Others are studying agronomy, administrative sciences and nursing science.


Social inclusion program
50 bénéficiaires

Introduction of social inclusion activities through a capoeira summer camp


Social assistance program
1250 bénéficiaires

Stations that distribute drinking water and charge mobile phones and other small devices
Sanitation of the school’s comfort stations


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