Entries by Tracy Keogh

New School Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cassendre Pierre as the new School Director at Kay Ste. Germaine Special Needs School. Cassendre worked as a primary teacher in a mainstream school before joining Kay Ste. Germaine in 2013. She was employed as a speech and language therapist until her recent promotion to School Director. […]

Graduation Day

Graduation day at Kay Ste. Germaine Special Needs School last Friday 16th June 2017.   Eleven exceptional young people assembled to mark the end of their time at our school. Staff, students and family members gathered to support them.   In a country like Haiti, where individuals with disabilities are often ignored, dismissed and kept […]

Therapist Training

Last Friday saw the completion of a two-week therapy training course here at Kay Ste. Germaine. The course was given by a team of international experts from the University of Genoa and was attended by 25 therapeutic and medical staff.   The attendees included NPH Haiti therapists and staff from our partner organisation Akyson Gasmy, […]

Happy National Flag Day!

Happy National Flag Day to all our friends and supporters in Haiti and beyond! Haiti is the only nation in the world to be established after a successful slave revolt so the Haitian flag has a very proud history. The staff and students of Kay Ste. Germaine Special Needs School take great pride in this […]

Easter Visit from Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA (Hope)

Sincere thanks from the bottom of our hearts to Joe Clancy, Helen Connolly and Kieran Tansey of Haiti Orphanage Project ESPWA (Hope) for the wonderful work they did during their recent visit to Kenscoff. In just a few days, the ESPWA Haiti team and their local crew managed to repair and paint the 2,500 square […]

Happy Birthday Madame Finesse!

Today, our wonderful director here at Kay Ste. Germaine celebrates her birthday. Jean François Finesse has worked with NPH Haiti for 24 years. When asked what her busy job involves she says ‘tout bagay’ (everything) and we have to agree. Madame Finesse’s favourite part of the day is overseeing the preparation and delivery of the […]

Kanaval 2017

It’s Kanaval season in Haiti! Kanaval is a Mardi Gras festival that coincides with others around the world. Traditionally, Mardi Gras allowed people to celebrate and enjoy themselves before the fasting and penance of Lent. The first Haitian Kanaval took place in Port-au-Prince in 1804. Since then, the festival has evolved into one of the […]

NPH Haiti 30th Anniversary Celebrations

NPH has been in Haiti for 30 years, addressing the needs of the poor, raising children in a loving environment and developing future leaders. This work began in 1987 when Fr. William Wasson founded a home for orphaned and abandoned children at Kenscoff. We returned to Kenscoff to celebrate three decades of good work since.  […]

Human Dignity Award for Gena Heraty, Special Needs Programme Director

Congratulations to our Special Needs Programme Director Gena Heraty who received a humanitarian award at the Irish Oireachtas today, Thursday 8th December 2016. The Human Dignity Award honours people whose commitment to the promotion of human dignity has been exemplary. Her award was presented by Ceann Comhairle, Sean O Fearghail, TD and Senator Ronan Mullen of the Oireachtas […]

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

By Jacinta McGuane, Teacher Trainer Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Yesterday, at Kay Ste. Germaine we celebrated the occasion with the children, team and families of the NPFS (NPH) Special Needs Programs in Haiti. It was a wonderful day, the highlight of the year for all. Everyone was dressed beautifully and participated […]