Yvrose and Pierre Richard Telfort, a Haitian couple, set up Hope House as a home to look after children orphaned after the Earthquake of 2010. They are now Mammy and Pappy to 38 children ranging from a few months to young adults in their twenties, all living as a genuine family rooted in love.
Yvrose and Pierre Richard live by faith, and have no regular financial support of their own. In 2013 the UK charity Hope House Haiti (UK) was set up with the aim of providing them some regular support through fundraising and donations, as well as sourcing professional advice where needed. You can learn more about the family or History of Hope House, or if you would be interested in making a donation please click here.
Hope Christian Academy
In addition to Hope House, Yvrose and Pierre Richard established a school in their remote region of Haiti aimed at the poorest children in the community. With the addition of a Secondary School in 2014, it offers around 950 children a free education, health checks, and a hot meal – often the only meal the children get that day.
During 2019 a further 4 Secondary School classrooms were added, and Vocational training is now also being provided for the older children to help equip them for a job.
Click to find out more about the school and how you can help support it, such as through sponsoring a teacher’s salary. Prior to the Covid pandemic we also sent an annual medical mission out to Haiti, and in the future will likely send out further missions once travel restrictions are lifted. If you would be interested in joining a mission you can find out more here, or to register an interest please email Yvonne@hopehousehaiti.com.
Our aim in the long term is sustainability. A small farm has been established close to the compound at Hope House on previously barren rocky ground. Papaya, mangoes, sugar cane, chillies, and tomatoes have all been grown to help provide food for the home, and a bed has been created on the school site next to the new classrooms to teach the children how to grow vegetables. Various animals have also been kept on the farm, including Chickens, Hens (for eggs), Goats, Bees and Cows. You can read more about the farm here, and about other projects being undertaken at Hope House here.
Yvrose was interviewed on the Ireland's Pat Kenny Show and you can Listen to the interview . You can also watch an Introduction to Hope House video, or visit Hope House Haiti on Facebook or Twitter. If you are interested in supporting Yvrose, please visit our How can I help page.
Latest News (Updated 19 Dec 23)
2023 HIGHLIGHTS. Our latest newsletter giving 2023 highlights has been emailed out to all our subscribers. If you have not received the newsletter but would like a copy, do scroll down and subscribe to our mailing list. From us all at Hope House Haiti, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
CIVIL UNREST. For years now the situation in Haiti has been in a steady decline. The assassination of President Jovenel Moise on 21 July 2021 left a political power vacuum, and since then gangs have been fighting each other for power and territory. Haiti is no longer functioning as a country as its institutions lack legitimacy, and widespread violence is preventing many from accessing basic necessities such as food, clean water and health care. Port au Prince is like a ghost town with shops shut and homes abandoned, prices have sky rocketed, and severe food shortages mean over half the population of 11 million are now classed as starving. Those at Hope House have not travelled into Port au Prince since Jun 22 and instead go to the Dominical Republic for supplies, although some teachers still have to go as their families live in the capital.
HOPE HOUSE. At the start of 2023 mobile coverage in the area of Fonds Parisien failed, making contact with Hope House difficult. Following Yvrose's visit to the UK, funding was provided to enable Starlink (satellite WiFi) to be purchased and installed at Hope House. This has made a massive difference, and Yvrose is now able to communicate with us and join zoom meetings.
Despite all the challenges in Haiti the school has remained open, and 625 students attended the school last year. Given the cost increases, teachers have been asking for salary increases - to date Yvrose has only provided them a one off bonus payment, but is under increasing pressure to pay them more.
The farm is being utilised as much as possible for food, and they make trips to the Dominican Republic for supplies such as flour for the bread oven, although restrictions at the border does limit what they can bring into Haiti.
The church remains very active, with services full to overflowing most Sundays. We ask for your prayers, that Haiti will find a way forward that restores peace and calm across the nation.
STUDENTS. 6 young men and 2 women started study at University Espoir in Feb 22. All did well in their first and second year, and despite difficulties getting to the University due to the unrest they are now well into their third year.
In autumn 2022 another 6 students passed University entrance examinations. However due to the difficulties in getting to the University in Port au Prince, they are instead attending the Redeemed Technical College which is local to Fonds Parisien.