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 23 Apr 22)
LATEST FROM HOPE HOUSE. Yvrose has informed us that they are running out of food. Basic food prices have risen by 20% in just the last 2 weeks, and to buy just the rice they need for a month now costs them $900. They also face a drought, and are short of water for the farm as the well is drying up. Please pray that they receive steady rain for the farm, and that they are able to continue feeding the children they support.
STUDENTS. We are truly delighted to report that 6 young men and 2 women who recently graduated from Hope Christian Academy have all passed entrance exams and started their studies at University Espoir, a ministry of Calvary Chapel based in Port-au-Prince. Hope House Haiti was set up to inspire kids to be world-changers, and these 8 students are now well on their way to making this dream a reality, praise God. They are all on full scholarships to cover their tuition fees, and we have created a Student Fund to cover the cost of their University board and lodging. You can learn more about our students and the student fund here.
CIVIL UNREST. Since July 21 when President Jovenel Moise was assassinated, a political power vacuum has existed in Haiti and around 10 gangs now control the country including the port at Port au Prince. Killings and kidnappings occur daily as gangs clash with police and kidnap for money, including in the locality of Hope House Haiti. For months now travel has been difficult and dangerous, and no-one is safe, even missionaries and relief workers are being targeted. The US has closed its borders to Haitians to deter immigrants, and with no end in sight Haitians can only take each day in turn.
With spiraling food prices and limited access to banks, Yvrose and Pierre Richard are doing as much as they can to maintain life as usual within Hope House. On days when fighting is local, it has not always been possible for the school to open, but on better days it has opened as has the church. We ask for your prayers, that Haiti will find a way forward that restores peace and calm across the nation.
FARM. On the farm, they currently have 2 cows, 5 sheep, loads of pigs (which are a good source of income), goats, a few laying hens and fish. They have also been harvesting wheat, cabbage, spinach, and green peppers, and have replanted lemon trees that last year were damaged in storms.