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Pazapa

PAZAPA Center for Handicapped Children in Jacmel was established by Jane MacRae in 1987. The mission of PAZAPA (in Creole, “Step by Step”) is to support the treatment, education, and development of over 500 mentally and physically handicapped children in Jacmel and throughout southern Haiti, and to integrate them into the community at large. Children live at home with their families and come to PAZAPA one or more days a week. In 2007n PAZAPA opened a school for the deaf, the only one in the area.  Jane died in April 2008 after a long struggle with cancer, but her leadership role and her vision continue through her daughter, Marika, who serves as Executive Director.