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.

Programs: Our programs reflect a holistic approach to child development. Since the inauguration of the Pazapa Center, Siloe has supported a broad range of services and projects there. The orthopedic program provides treatment and rehabilitation for the physically disabled; visually impaired children attend boarding school in Port-au-Prince; the Pazapa School provides special education, education of the hearing impaired, stimulation activities, and recreation to special-needs children and education to family members to encourage ongoing, effective home care. All children enrolled at the Pazapa Center receive health care, nutritional supplements, hot meals, and family education on hygiene, first aid, and nutrition. Adult programs include family planning, sewing, and cooking courses. Pazapa has also facilitated independent, small commercial ventures to provide job opportunities for Pazapa client families, such as a fruit-drying project. Pazapa has initiated an outreach program partnering with rural communities to help them assess and support their special-needs children.
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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.

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

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.

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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

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expand the network of its contacts throughout the hemisphere

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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.

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