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History of the Foundation for the Children of Haiti


Chapter 2 – Mid-1980's: Haiti Home for Children and the First School



To signal that a new day had dawned, the name of the orphanage was changed to Haiti Home for Children ("HHC"), and a new Haitian charitable organization was established to run the orphanage – The Foundation for the Children of Haiti.


Early days… Gladys in her office at HHC

Recognizing that providing appropriate physical, spiritual and emotional care for the children was only the start, a school was established at HHC in early 1983.

Over time, the HHC building was expanded to accommodate 75 children. Additional classrooms were added to the school to allow around 200 children living in the neighbourhood to attend.



One of the classes at the HHC school in the mid-1980's


Recognizing that the Foundation's facilities and financial resources limited the capacity to directly care for children, in 1985 Gladys began an adoption program in order to allow the Foundation to help more children. The first two children were placed with an adoptive family in the U.S. and in 1986 the first adoption to a Canadian family was completed.



Haiti Home for Children building today


Next Chapter: 1987:    Rainbow of Love Nursery

Previous Chapter:    1981: First Steps


The Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti ("CFCH") is an all-volunteer fundraising organization that has supported the work of FCH since 1993.

Canadian Foundation for the Children of Haiti

6093 – 145A Street.

Surrey, B.C. V3S 4R6

CFCH is a Canadian Registered Charity

Canada Revenue Agency Business Number 89000 4591 RR0001