Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) is a non-profit organization that was founded to educate Haitians who want to become Physical and Occupational Therapists. HRF provides the first and only school in Haiti with four-year degree programs in both PT and OT. With over 1 million disabled Haitians, the need for therapy services is enormous.
The program takes place at the Léogâne campus of the Episcopal University of Haiti. The programs are offered through the Department of Rehabiliation and is called UNEPH/FSRL (Université Episcopale d’Haïti / Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne).
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)!
For the next several years we will need volunteer academic faculty members to teach courses at UNEPH/FSRL. Learn more about volunteering below.
HRF Annual Report for 2017
Welcome to our Annual Report for 2017! We’ll showcase the most recent year of life at Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne (FSRL), the undergraduate Rehabilitation Therapy program within the Episcopal University of Haiti.
2017 Fall Newsletter
In this issue...
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.
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 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:
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:
Janis Handte, Treasurer
P.O. box 183
Hamilton, NY, 13346
Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.