Mission Statement: The healthcare programs of NPH Haiti are motivated by the gospel command to care for the sick and strive to offset the injustices of poverty and unemployment which make healthcare inaccessible for many poor people. Poverty imposes a tremendous burden of sickness and suffering on many children. In an effort to help precisely these children, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital offers both children of poverty, and children of any social level in emergent distress, quality and dignified healthcare. St. Damien always seeks to include the parent participation in this care through ongoing dialogue, on-site opportunities for education, and encouraging any level of material support they can offer for the care of their children.

Exterior of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital

Exterior of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital

Background: The island nation of Haiti is located in the Caribbean and is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Poor sanitation and widespread poverty have led to young children being 15 times as likely to die from diarrhea or pneumonia than HIV/AIDS. Nearly 10% of children die before their 5th birthday, largely of  treatable illnesses. 1 out of 4 children are moderately to severely malnourished, and 138,000 children die of preventable diseases each year. In a population where 1/3 of the population is under 14 years old, improvements in pediatric health are a vital and necessary requirement towards Haiti’s economic, social, and political development.

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos founded by American priest Father William Wasson in 1954, opened their Haiti program (as Nos Petits Frères et Sœurs (NPFS) or Our Little Brothers and Sisters) in 1988.  While the initial goal of NPH/NPFS was to build a permanent home for orphaned and abandoned children, the large amount of children dying from treatable illnesses showed a desperate need for a hospital that could treat chronic and other debilitating pediatric illnesses.

Funded through private contributions to NPH worldwide, St. Damien provides high quality medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children in Haiti. More than half of all patients are admitted for an infectious disease such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV while twenty-five percent are admitted for non-infectious diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney infection. Most patients admitted are also malnourished.  The outpatient clinic treats 100 children daily, for acute, parasitic, and bacterial infections. In specialized clinics, chronic conditions such as sickle cell anemia, congenital heart diseases (CHD), tuberculosis and cancer are treated for months or years if needed. St. Damien Pediatric Hospital and associated public health and community programs provide over 80,000 services to children and adults annually.


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  1. Sister Karen Cavanagh says:

    We are praying constantly and gathering our forces and finances to assist the relief fund … our love and prayers go out to Fr Rick … our brothers and sisters in service to everyone and the hundreds of children who live each day in need and pain

  2. Lori says:

    I would like to know if I would be able to send some items to your hospital to help benefit the earthquake victims? I do not have tons of money but I have clothing items, toys etc that I could ship to you.

  3. Susan Gannon says:

    To: Fr. Rick and staff:

    I was unaware of your remarkable work until seeing the horror of the earthquake devasation on ABC this morning. Between my husband and I we have four children and our hearts go out to those you take care of every single day of every single year.

    Although we regularly support various organizations, including World Neighbors, I want to make a donation to your hospital directly and to continue doing so on a regular basis.

    We are not wealthy people, but I hope that we can make some small difference in what you do, especially during these horrific times.

    Please let me know how I may get a check directly to you, or a credit card donation. I understand you have a parent organization, but my intend is direct donations to your efforts.

    God Bless,

    Susan Gannon
    North Andover, MA., U.S.A.

  4. Christopher J. Case says:

    Fr. Rick,

    You and all you care for are in our prayers. Although we have not spoke in many years, you are never far from our thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if there is anything I can do from Saratoga NY, I am the assistant medical director of the emergency department Saratoga Springs NY and would like to help in some way. I know communication is difficult for you now. Reminder, We attended NYCOM together.

    Please let me know what I can do to help.

    Peace, Love and Prayers in Christ,
    Your friend

    Chris Case D.O.

  5. LeslieLA says:

    A group of us from a children’s hospital in the US want to explore partnering with you. I can be reached at Lrabbitt@CHOC.org. Blessings. Leslie Rabbitt MPH, CHOC Children’s Hospital, Orange, California

  6. David Medeiros says:

    Our company (Questcor Pharmaceuticals) would like to make a donation to your hospital. I have tried to click on the “Donation” button on your website but I cannot get it to work.

    Please let me know how we can make a donation.

    You can contact me via e-mail for cell phone in the USA (415-269-6413).

    Thank you.

    Dave Medeiros
    SVP Pharmaceutical Operations
    Questcor Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    3260 Whipple Road
    Union City, CA 94587
    Phone: 510-400-0772
    Fax: 510-400-0715
    e-mail: dmedeiros@questcor.com

  7. Autumn Erwin says:

    Hi. I am one of the ER physicians that worked at St.Damien’s Hospital last week with No Time for Poverty and am originally from Regions Hospital in St.Paul, Minnesota.

    We stayed in your orphanage with our friend Mona. I talked with Mona and I know that there is quite a shortage of formula there. I have a lot of donors who want to help. I understand that donating formula is hard as we are having great difficulty in figuring out how to get this to Mona. Is there a way I can have people write checks and donate money through St.Damien’s to buy formula for the orphanage?

    Also, I am in my second year of residency and will have a month of time to donate to Haiti on an away rotation and would like to donate that month to the services of your hospital if you are interested. I would not be able to do this until July/August of this summer at the earliest. I will work in whatever job you need me.

    Thank you for your help.

    Autumn Erwin

  8. Ken Laughren says:

    I can provide you with the shelters you need to expand your facility. Our Super Igloos will weather any tropical storm. These buildings are inexpensive and will last for decades. I can have them there in one week. Call Ken Laughren back at 250-215-0256 or investigate our system at http://www.csidomes.com I can solve your problem for shelter if you let me.

  9. Nancy Horton says:

    Dear Father Rick, The womens group at St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Jackson, Mississippi is planning a fundraiser event for the hospital and orphanage. We would like to donate the proceeds. Please advise how we might go ahead with that. God Bless, Nancy

  10. Fr. Henry Mulindwa says:

    Fr. Dr Rick and all volunteers and people of Haiti,
    We can only imagine what you have gone through and still going through. We thank you for your steadfast love and care and for our strength of heart. We the community of St Gabriel’s Church, Port Orchard, Washington, USA, feel with you. Small though we are, we have tried to collect some money to assist the Children’s Hospital. However little our contribution may be, we give it from the very bottom of our hearts. We will send it through the Mission Office of the Archdiocese of seattle.
    God bless you and thank you for giving us aliving example of living a truly christian life.

  11. Robin Hancock says:

    Hello Fr. Rick,

    How would one volunteer at St. Damien? I am a student in the United States and have spent years working with infants and toddlers. I’ve been watching the progress in Haiti from here and praying for how I might help with this massive process. I’ve been so moved by what St. Damien is doing for these children and their families but don’t see information on how to get involved. Please let me know what that process looks like and if there is a need.

    thank you and God Bless.

    • Home Correspondant Haiti says:

      Here you go!

      International Volunteer Program

      United States: The Friends International Volunteer Program sends qualified individuals, couples and families to support the staff and children living in the homes of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru. For more information, click http://www.friendsoftheorphans.org/s/769/inner.aspx?pgid=269

      Outside the US: Go to NPH.org and select volunteer opportunities on the left-hand side.

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  14. Cristi says:

    This is really a excellent web site. About NPH Saint Damien Hospital Haiti, is really well put together and I learned a great deal from it. I thought this website was worthwhile to book mark; and so I submitted your website to Reddit, and StumbleUpon. I am hoping you receive some well-deserved traffic from it. I Hope other people reading this will do exactly the same, as their means of saying thanks!

  15. John Hines MD says:

    I am a retired familly doctor interested in serving at St. Damien, probably in the out-pt. clinic. I have been to Haiti a few times ususally serving at cholera treatment centers, but have brief experiences in tropical medicine. I have a good record, and pay my own way! Presently Samaritan’s Purse that I have served with actually has enough volunteer doctors for Haiti . In HIS Service, John Hines MD

    • Robin Forestal says:

      Hi John,
      Thanks for contacting us about volunteering at St. Damien in the out-patient clinic. I have forwarded your information on to the volunteer coordinator who will be contacting you shortly about our needs.
      Thanks again and God’s Blessings,
      Robin Forestal

  16. Judive josma says:

    I’m relocating to Haiti, and I would like to become the first respiratory therapist at nph. I would like to ask permission to sent my resume for a job opportunity. My email is
    jjosma@sbcglobal.net, please let me know
    Judive Josma

    • Robin Forestal says:

      Hello Judive,
      Thank you for your contact. Please feel free to send your resume to ad.ht@nph.org and I will forward it to the appropriate personnel for review.
      Thanks again,
      Robin Forestal

  17. judive josma says:

    Hello Mrs. Florestal
    I have email my resume, please let me know if you receive it. I’m coming to haiti around july 19th thru 24th, may I come visit the hospital and the staff. if the answer is yes please let me know where and when.
    thanks Judive

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