St. Kay Germaine and Elaine Rehabilitation Outpatient Centers
In 2004, Gena Heraty, the Director of Kay Christine (home for special needs children at the St. Helene orphanage), started with a team offering outpatient services to disabled children in the slum of Wharf Jeremy. The concept was not only to provide physical therapy, but to support and educate the mothers with tools to care for their children. This outreach grew and was then relocated to the Father Wasson facility in Pétionville, which was destroyed in the January 12, 2010 earthquake. The program, named Kay Eliane, was re-established in a facility in Pétionville with 140 children receiving weekly therapy and pre-school stimulation.
Adjacent to the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Tabarre, is Kay St. Germaine, a 2,300 sq. ft., rehabilitation, physiotherapy and educational center which opened in September, 2008. Kay Germaine offers children with neurological disabilities physical, occupational and speech therapy, a school program for higher functioning patients including a free lunch and support and micro credit loan services to families in need. Volunteer therapists work alongside the local staff to support and train them in providing services.