Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation provides financial support for the training of Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists at the Léogâne campus of the Episcopal University of Haiti
Welcome to HRF!
This is your opportunity to provide support to a wonderful program. Join us as supporters of the new academic programs for professional education in rehabilitation. We provide one of only two four-year degree programs in Physical Therapy (physiotherapie) in Haiti, and the only program in Occupational Therapy (ergotherapie)!
Two little girls waiting for their appointment at St. Vincent’s Center, Port-au-Prince
They are offered by the Department of Rehabilitation in Léogâne, on the same campus as the Nursing School of the Episcopal University of Haiti. The name of the Dept. is UNEPH/FSRL: Université Episcopale d’Haïti / Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne. Our five sophomore students have all chosen the profession of Physical Therapy. Our eight freshmen are enrolled in general health studies with the nursing students. At least two of those are planning to study Occupational Therapy next year when they declare a major.
haitiotptdegrees.wordpress.com is the web address for the new blog of personal reflections and photos by Donnel and Janet O'Flynn. It gives a window into the adventures we are having this year!
Therapy Stories from Haiti
Three stories in this talk presented at Quinnipiac University illustrate the importance of this new program.
Article in Advance magazine
Advance Health Care Network has published this article on the new Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy degree programs.
Meet our students
Meet our students in this inspiring video from our campus in Léogâne. 40 professors are volunteering in Haiti in the new academic year, but we need your help to send these aspiring therapists back to school!
IndieGoGo pitch video
This video introduction to HRF was produced for our fundraising drive in March 2015. We are deeply grateful for a substantial donation from the Shiller Foundation, and a celebrity endorsement from Nobel Prize winner Dr. Robert J. Shiller himself.
Endorsement from Nobel Prize winner Dr. Robert J Shiller
In the video below, Dr. Sabrina Salvant of Columbia University and Dr. Yves Roseus of Long Island University introduce the program to prospective students. (in French)
Interested in volunteering as a faculty member?
For the next several years we will need volunteer academic faculty members to teach courses at UNEPH/FSRL. The OT and PT and Fieldwork Program Developers are working now on planning and implementing the new curricula. Faculty from the U.S., Canada, or other countries will be needed to teach in person in Haiti for intensive courses of one to three weeks, probably with online assignments to follow at the end of the semester. Volunteers who have the time to stay longer, to teach for a full semester, would also be very welcome. The course syllabi will be available in advance to allow planning.
You will receive a short set of questions to address in a letter, and a request for your CV.
The first two years of the O.T. and P.T. curricula are now complete, and we are working on years three and four.
Please allow time for the curriculum process to be completed. It may be a few weeks or more before you will find out if your background and current availability will be an appropriate match for a specific course, or a specific clinical education assignment. We look forward to hearing from you!
If you have volunteered in Haiti as an OT or PT, you know well the need for rehabilitation. If you have worked as a rehabilitation technician in Haiti, you know the need for professional supervision.
Members of this group may want to plan to travel to Haiti to volunteer as short-term faculty. Members may want to contribute; and may want to organize fund-raisers. Members may also want to consider offering individual sponsorship to these students, for one year or for four years.
Donate Now by Credit or Debit Card
$100 — support a class for one student
$250 — pay tuition for a student for one month
$1000 — cover the costs of a visiting faculty member
$4000 — pay all expenses (tuition, room and board, uniforms, books and fees) for one student for one year
Mail a Check
Donations can be made by check to "Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation" and mailed to: