The Siloe Project dba Pazapa

Rating: 5 stars   14 reviews

Issues: Disabilities, Human Services, International

Location: 217 Los Angeles Blvd San Anselmo CA 94960 USA

Mission: Pazapa/the Siloe Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports the Pazapa Center for handicapped children in the city of Jacmel, Haiti. The Pazapa Center''s mission is to provide support to disbled children and their families and to help these children integrate into the community at large.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known of Pazapa for many years but have been privileged for the past 3 years to be a PT volunteer at their program. Living in Haiti is hard enough without the challenges that children and families with special needs experience--Pazapa is the saving grace for many families who face these added challenges. I have been so impressed with the dedication and compassion that the Pazapa staff members show to the many children and families they serve. The happy faces that I have seen at Pazapa are a testament to the amazing good works that this organization offers to its clients. Not only does this program serve the children center-based but they go out to the wider community and visit families with severely impaired family members to try and support them and their needs---these are kids that can't travel to the center but still have many needs. It is overwhelming to imagine the planning and funding that is needed to keep this program going on a daily basis for years but I am thankful that the staff is so dedicated to make this happen! Pazapa is a blessing to Jacmel!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

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Very Well

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

To see the smiling faces of the children at the Pazapa center, even under their exsisting situation, made me realized that "why sweating about the small stuff in life". As a Volunteer with Team Canada Healing Hands, i had the honour and privilege to work as a Translator with Dr McGlynn and his wife Tina from November 12 to 15, 2012. I have witnessed their gentle, genuine and humble caring for many of the children at Pazapa who are in such a great need of medical care. The Siloe Projet dba Pazapa, what a great humanitarian endevours!

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

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Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I have been supporting Pazapa in many ways since the late 1990s. Fred is an orthopedist and I am a teacher and a mom and a granny who loves all kinds of babies! We just returned from a trip there and I continue to be in awe of the work that is done there! I had the privilege of holding one small boy with hypotonia. He could hardly swallow his food but when I sang to him (and I can't sing) he smiled. A beautiful experience. His mom loves him so much and comes to the "baby class"every day to learn ways that she can help him. All the children are special needs and very poor....but most of them smile a lot anyway! Amazing people!

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Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteered with Pazapa as an occupational therapist back in the late 90's and then served on its board for many years. It's a wonderful organization, filling an absolutely critical void in Haiti. As a result of Pazapa, Jacmel is one of the few places in Haiti where children with disabilities can get the services they need. The staff is extraordinarily dedicated, as is the board. The most amazing part - seeing kids that I worked with 10 years ago who are now high school graduates, valued by their family and community. This is truly a special and unique program, in a country where it is very difficult to operate and run a successful program.

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comparing this community, where Pazapa is actively serving children with disabilities in the Jacmel area, with other areas in Haiti that are not as fortunate to have a local program such as Pazapa. In Jacmel, Pazapa has enabled children with disabilities to succeed, and has educated the community that these children are not to be feared and are to be valued. In other places in Haiti, children with disabilities are kept hidden away and have very few opportunities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open a Pazapa in every major city in Haiti.

Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with Pazapa as a Peace Corps volunteer, and was impressed with how much they could accomplish with such limited resources. I am now on the board of directors and very proud to be part of this organization.

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While in Haiti, I saw how children started to finally thrive.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Bring more resources and expand to other areas.

Rating: 5 stars  

I first visited Haiti and Pazapa when my son worked there in the Peace Corps in 1997. I have been back many times to visit and will be returning again to visit Pazapa this December. This remarkable school for children with disabilities operates on a bare bones budget and supports a staff of 21, a Special Education program for 75 students from infancy to late teens with developmental/mental challenges; orthopedic clinics, surgery , and physical therapy are provided by visiting volunteers. The school also provides Outreach services to 6 rural districts, and small business loans to mothers of the students. A school for the deaf for 30 students is held each afternoon. Breakfast and lunch are served each day to all the students. All programs and services are provided free of charge. The school building was destroyed in the Jan. 12, 2010 earthquake. All the children and staff survived. The hard working and dedicated USA Board has purchased land and are raising the funds to rebuild. The school is presently operating under temporary structures.

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By many visits to the school and to the homes and families of the students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase inservice programs, increase Outreach services, and increase fundraising in order to establish an endowment to support annual operating expenses.

Rating: 5 stars  

My wife Nancy and I first went to PAZAPA in Jacmel, Haiti, in 1997 when our son Jonathan E. Scholes worked there as a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years. The PAZAPA founders wisely recognized that the health and development of a child with disabilities is closely related to the family's economic status. Therefore Jonathan helped set up a mango-drying business for the mothers of children with disabilities. To this day PAZAPA continues to work with the families of its students by providing them small business loans which have had nearly a 100 % repayment success rate.

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I have witnessed, up-close and personal, the resurrection of PAZAPA following the Jan. 2010 Haitian earthquake.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would find resources for more special-education teacher training in the Haitian setting and for more rural community outreach to the disabled and their families.

Rating: 5 stars  

The work of Pazapa is critical for providing opportunity for the Haitian children that are faced with the multiple obstacles of physical and mental challenges, an econom in distress and a country that is needy for all of its citzens to contribute to its rising from the devasting natural disasters. The money I donated is very well used as the administrative costs are proven low. A great return from my small contribution that will be multiplicative in its use.

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its effect on its US supporters

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand the network of its contacts throughout the hemisphere

Rating: 5 stars  

The Siloé Project, through its Haitian NGO PAZAPA, provides for the treatment, education and rehabilitation of over 100 Haitian children each year. All live with a disability and all live in the greater area of Jacmel, Haiti. For the most part, Haitian schools do not accept children with disabilities. Coupling a disability with lack of schooling severely limits a child’s potential to earn a living once s/he reaches adulthood.

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speaking with board members and the executive director.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire more staff, they work on a shoe string budget.

Rating: 5 stars  

Pazapa is a wonderful charity that helps people in severe need. Without this organization, disabled people in Haiti would suffer unthinkable privation. Every one of the volunteers, board members and staff members I have met are hard working, practical people that are focused on making a difference.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've visited Jacmel and seen all the great work that Pazapa does.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

slowly grow to accomodate a larger geographical area

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