The Siloe Project dba Pazapa
October 31, 2010
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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
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.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Open a Pazapa in every major city in Haiti.
Volunteer & I volunteered as an occupational therapist; was a member of the board; member of the advisory council.