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 3 May 23)
YVROSE VISIT. Yvrose is due to visit the UK from 20 June 2023 for 2 weeks. We have started to draw up plans for her stay, and will provide updates here as the dates of events and opportunities to meet her are agreed.
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 impeding access to health care, forcing schools to close, and preventing many from accessing basic necessities such as food and clean water. Port au Prince feels 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.
HOPE HOUSE. At the start of 2023 mobile coverage in the area of Fonds Parisien failed, making regular communication with Hope House difficult. However we know that despite the many challenges, the school remains open and life continues as normally as possible.
The farm is being utilised as much as possible for food, and they make trips to the Dominican Republic for floor and rice, although restrictions at the border is now making this more difficult.
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 year which they all successfully completed. However, only 4 so far have made it to the University for their second year. One student was involved in an ambush whilst travelling to the University, and seriously hurt when a wall fell onto his car. We know he ended up in hospital, but do not now know his current condition. The other 3 have been unable to get to University due to the civil unrest, and we can only pray that they are able to access their courses and progress their studies as soon as possible.
In autumn 2022 another 6 students passed University entrance examinations and are ready to start University once funds are available. You can learn more about the Students here.