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

Many thanks go to Alison Sims, OTD student from Belmont U. in Nashville Tennessee, who made this video (one of many good projects she did for FSRL!) as part of her capstone. Enjoy the interviews with the students!

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

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.

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HRF Annual Report for 2016

HRF 2016 Annual Report

Welcome to our first ever Annual Report! We’ll showcase the second year of life at Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne (FSRL), the undergraduate Rehabilitation Therapy program within the Episcopal University of Haiti.

Dean's Blog: An Important Milestone for Our Freshmen, and an Honored Guest

First-year students all in green; second-year students in white and green; M. Gerald Oriol Jr, Secretary of State!, and Dean O’Flynn – PRISE D’HABIT, 6 May, 2017

Yesterday FSRL came to another milestone. All the freshmen in the nursing school and the rehab school were honored for successful completion of the first year of general studies.... Read More


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.


FSRL Promotional Video 2017

Many thanks go to Alison Sims, OTD student from Belmont U. in Nashville Tennessee, who made this video (one of many good projects she did for FSRL!) as part of her capstone. Enjoy the interviews with the students!

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

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?

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.

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:


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


Monthly Gift

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.