"Bondye di, fe pa'w, m'ap fe pa'm."
Haitian proverb: God says, do your part; I'll do mine.
In 1982, a group of volunteers from the San Francisco area, including Peter Cunningham and Patty Westerbeke, came to Haiti to work at Mother Teresa's hospice for AIDS victims in the La Saline slum of Port-au-Prince. Later they helped rebuild a hurricane-destroyed mission and clinic and established the Siloé Project, a U.S. nonprofit, to raise funds for assistance in Haiti. Doris Clark, a Peace Corps volunteer who worked as a nurse in the Cité Soleil slum, joined the team in 1985.
In 1987 Jane MacRae, a Canadian citizen living in Jacmel, established PAZAPA with support from the Siloé Project. PAZAPA's efforts focused on helping children with disabilities and their families. After Jane died in 2008, her daughter Marika MacRae, then PAZAPA's program director, became Executive Director. Over the years, PAZAPA has grown and diversified its programs with support from individuals and organizations in Haiti, the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe.