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 9 Aug 22)
CIVIL UNREST. The situation in Haiti continues to be immensely challenging. Since July 21 2021 when President Jovenel Moise was assassinated, a political power vacuum has existed in Haiti and rival gangs are in control of the country. Human Rights Groups now estimate that 60% of Port au Prince is 'lawless', and the city is paralyzed by a battle for power and territory between dozens of gangs. Killings and kidnappings occur daily as gangs clash with police and kidnap for money, including in the locality of Hope House Haiti. The city centre now feels like a ghost town, with shops shut and homes abandoned, whilst on the outskirts of the city huge swathes of the community are living hand to mouth without electricity or access to clean water.
For months now travel has been difficult and dangerous with even missionaries and relief workers targeted, but in the last 3 month it has been too unsafe to travel even to the bank. We have therefore been discussing with Yvrose the best way to continue getting funding to them, and since July have sent UK funds to the HHH USA account which she can access when in the USA. She is also able to pick up cash sent from the HHH USA account when in Dominican Republic. We will continue to monitor the situation, and work with Yvrose to ensure all funds are transferred to them as quickly and as safely as possible.
STUDENTS. We are truly delighted to report that 6 young men and 2 women who recently graduated from Hope Christian Academy have all completed their first term at University Espoir, a ministry of Calvary Chapel based in Port-au-Prince, and are progressing well. 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 which now has sufficient to cover the cost of their University board and lodging for the first year, and has equipped them with laptops. You can learn more about our students here.
UPDATE FROM HOPE HOUSE.
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.
They have been able to run Vocational Training again this summer which started 25th July. They are also utilising the Farm as much as possible for food. We ask for your prayers, that Haiti will find a way forward that restores peace and calm across the nation.