The Siloe Project dba Pazapa
October 31, 2010
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.
Ways to make it better...
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.
Donor & Fundraising.