Foundation for Haitian Rehabilitation
Additional Info about Us
FONHARE is a grassroots organization that operates to serve and promote all people with disabilities, especially the most disadvantaged. We work to enable our patients to function at their fullest capacity in their own environment and in their schools, churches, and communities as well. Patients seen at FONHARE include children and adolescents born with developmental disabilities; stroke victims; and people with orthopedic injuries and deformities, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, pain and dysfunction, and neurological conditions. FONHARE has many outreach programs including the Rehabilitation Program, School Integration Program, Independent Living Program, Community Access Program, and Gender Violence Program.
The Rehabilitation Program is set up for the provision of physical therapy and occupational therapy services in a clinic setting. FONHARE also arranges home visits to treat patients who are not able to leave their home in order to come to the clinic, provides transportation to the clinic if needed, and provides home assessments for accessibility concerns.
SCHOOL INTEGRATION PROGRAM
The need for children with disabilities to be represented in the educational setting is tremendous. We believe that the way to break down barriers is to start with the young and establish a sense of equality at the beginning of one’s life. The School Integration Program serves to do just that by integrating students into the educational system and working for equality by advocating for them and helping to create an environment of mutual respect and acceptance.
The focus of the School Integration Program is two-fold. First, we must work with educators and families to accept students with disabilities into their environment and curriculum. We must advocate for their rights in order to prove their value, potential, and need for an education so they may become contributing citizens. Secondly, we must work to make their educational setting accessible by modifying the school as necessary. We build wheelchair ramps where needed, provide accessible and adaptable equipment, and teach those involved in how to make the educational environment accessible for all.
INDEPENDENT LIVING PROGRAM
This program enables people who are wheelchair-bound to become independent and successful in their home and community. Within the scope of this program, homes (as well as other buildings in the community that the recipient may need access to) are assessed by the physical therapist for accessibility. FONHARE staff then organizes with community groups to assist with the modification and construction, such as building ramps, widening doorways, installing floors, and reconstructing bathrooms and cooking areas. This program benefits all as it serves to bond a community, increase awareness of the struggles of living with a disability, and educate people on the potential contributions of those who have to deal with barriers on a regular basis.
COMMUNITY ACCESS PROGRAM
The Community Access Program addresses exclusion, discrimination, and inequality of opportunities for all citizens. We work with local businesses, the local government, and religious leaders to eliminate barriers by building ramps and making public areas accessible. As a result of FONHARE’s initiatives, there are ramps to the city park, church, hospital, and courthouse in Ouanaminthe. The Community Access Program and the Independent Living Program work hand in hand to improve the quality of life for the thousands of people affected by paralysis and other conditions requiring them to rely on wheelchairs. These programs also increase the trust and visibility of FONHARE in the community, raise awareness regarding disability, and demonstrate our achievements in fighting for the rights of disabled people in Haitian society.
The Community Access Program has plans to build several more concrete ramps in the city of Ouanaminthe for public use with a goal of making Ouanamithe the first publicly accessible city in Haiti.
GENDER VIOLENCE PROGRAM
We advocate against violence to women, children, and people with disabilities in general. To do so, we conduct seminars with this targeted population discussing their rights and where they can find help if they are victims. We provide legal orientation and psycho-social assistance.