"Piti piti zwazo fe niche li."
Little by little, a bird builds its nest.
The PAZAPA model is one of accompaniment, based upon the guiding principles of solidarity, mutual respect, equity and inclusion. While these core values remain constant, the model is continually adapting to the changing needs and goals of participating families, improving through reciprocal learning with others, and increasing its impact in the community through ongoing evaluation. PAZAPA means "step by step" in Haitian Kreyol, and in this way, PAZAPA has empowered over 2,000 of Haiti’s most marginalized families in the past 30 years through comprehensive programs providing specialized medical care, inclusive education, outreach, advocacy, economic opportunity, and access to the arts.
Specialized Medical Care
Clinical evaluations, surgeries, medication management and rehabilitative therapy provided to children with medically treatable disabilities such as clubfoot and epilepsy.
Specialized early intervention, preschool and primary instruction for children who would otherwise not have access to an education. Students are provided quality instruction to the national certification level while building language, social and coping skills.
Community-based workers support the social, educational, medical and economic welfare of over 100 homebound children in 5 rural villages through home visits, medical clinics, school mainstreaming, microloans, community meetings and parent groups.
Awareness events, radio broadcasts, symposia, mainstreaming assistance, community meetings and inclusive education trainings change norms and combat harmful misconceptions about disability, build community cohesion and promote equal rights.
Vocational training and scholarships to build skills and livelihoods in art, construction, cooking, law and sewing. Ti Commerce microloans for mothers to start businesses, and post-hurricane disbursements of food, crops and livestock to help families rebuild.
Training in creative vocations for Haitian teens with disabilities. Art therapy and performing arts opportunities for all the children and families served by PAZAPA.