Center for Special Needs Children, Jacmel, Haiti
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Helping Haitian Children with Special Needs since 1987

“Tout moun se moun, tout moun pa meme.”
Haitian proverb: Everyone is someone, but not everyone is the same.

PAZAPA’s mission is to support the treatment, education, and development of children with special needs, and to integrate them into the community-at-large. PAZAPA means "step by step" in Haitian Creole, and step by step PAZAPA has been making a difference in the lives of Haiti’s special needs children since 1987.

PAZAPA is based in Jacmel and serves the entire Southeast Department of Haiti. All staff members are Haitian with the exception of the executive director, who was raised in Haiti. PAZAPA depends on a large network of volunteers to provide services to children without charge. PAZAPA is supported by the Siloé Project, a U.S. registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and by Canadian Step by Step, a Canadian nonprofit and other organizations and individuals.

2010 Earthquake

PAZAPA's facility was destroyed by the devastating earthquake on January 12, 2010. Miraculously, all the children and staff were safe. However, many lost homes, family, and friends. We were tremendously grateful for the outpouring of support for earthquake relief.

Funds were used to help send an emergency medical/surgical team to the Jacmel area, deliver immediate financial assistance, and provide emergency food and water to the PAZAPA families. Funds were also used to help repair and rebuild homes that were damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.

The process of recovery and rebuilding will be a long one, and we hope you will continue to stand with PAZAPA and support during the months and years ahead.

Building the new Pazapa Center for Special Needs Children

Building the new Pazapa Center

PAZAPA purchased a plot of land on the road to the Jacmel airport as the new site for the center. Plan Haiti generously assisted PAZAPA in setting up temporary facilities so school could reopen in May 2010, and CBM funded a wall around the property. 

Construction is proceeding on Phases one and two of the new building with an expected completion in late 2013 or early 2014. Phase 3 is presently in the funding phase.