Maison de Benediction (MdB) provides life saving care for children with physical and/or emotional special needs in North Haiti. People with disabilities in Haiti are often called ‘Cocobai’, which means ‘worthless’. In a country where almost 10% of the population have a disability, and hardly any services exist, MdB provides an urgently needed service.
Supporting over 100 families, MdB provides individualized care plans for children, offering physical therapy, play therapy, overnight accommodations, family support and outreach care.
MdB’s unique approach – respite care instead of orphan care, drew our attention. Too many children in Haiti are given up by their families, and raised by someone else. MdB supports needy families with much-needed services, resulting in healthier family systems.
Meet some of the precious children that receive loving care at Maison de Benediction
Islan has cerebral palsy. Abandoned by her mother and left in the care of a cousin, she was regularly left outside their house alone, while her caregiver sought financial support. She now comes to Maison de Benediction each week while her caregiver works, providing Islan with the long-term support she needs.
Moise has been supported through MdB for several years. With severe autism, he’s unable to access mainstream schooling in Haiti, and previously had no adequate support. MdB has provided a safe and loving environment for him to receive the appropriate development care needed.
Prisc was abandoned at the government hospital in Cap-Haitien, and is severely disabled. Supported at MdB during the week, and with a Haitian foster family on weekends, she’s developed wonderfully in the last year, but will require long term support.
Mulande’s mother sadly passed away several years ago, and her father is severely disabled. Unable to care for Mulande’s complex needs every day, her father approached MdB for some weekly support. Since then, both Mulande and her father have benefited from a close support network of care at MdB.
Empowering families to cherish their children, while challenging the harrowing stigma of disability in Haiti, this Haitien-led program is making a significant impact.