Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation

Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy degree programs in Haiti at UNEPH

FSRL (Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne)

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

August IndieGoGo campaign

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!

$10,000 matching grant

Our summer fundraising campaign is underway. Pledges up to $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar, thanks to a generous grant from the Shiller foundation! Donate now to double the power of your gift, and help send our students back to school.

Welcome to HRF!

This is your opportunity to provide support to a wonderful program. Join us as supporters of the first four-year academic programs for professional education in Occupational Therapy (ergotherapie) and Physical Therapy (physiotherapie) in Haiti!

They are offered by a newly formed 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. In October 2015, seven students entered for a year of General Health Studies. In July 2016, the students will choose a major of OT or PT.

(There is other good news in rehabilitation in Haiti: a five-year master's degree program in physical therapy opened in September, 2014, at UNIFA, the University of the Aristide Foundation.)

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Two little girls waiting for their appointment at St. Vincent's Center

Two little girls waiting for their appointment at St. Vincent’s Center, Port-au-Prince


BLOG by Dean Janet O'Flynn

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.


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.

Recruiting Video

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?

Beginning in March 2016 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 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.

Read more about volunteer faculty opportunities here.

You can get an idea of what is involved in traveling to Haiti to teach in Léogâne by going to the Haiti Nursing Foundation website: http://haitinursing.org/visitingfaculty.html

OT and PT Volunteer Faculty Registry

If you are interested in adding your name to our volunteer faculty registry, please contact Dean O’Flynn at her email address:

janetoflynn@hotmail.com or joflynn@stkate.edu

You will receive a short set of questions to address in a letter, and a request for your CV.

We are working on the curriculum, beginning with Year One and completing that first. 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:

Judith Straub, Treasurer
P.O. box 183
Hamilton, NY, 13346

Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.