August 16th, was the eight anniversary of Fr. Wasson’s eternal life. He passed away in Cottonwood, Arizona surrounded by loved ones and members of the extended family that he created.
All of our NPH homes have honored his memory by hosting activities and memorial masses throughout the week and over the weekend.

Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

Dear Friends,

The rainy season has always brought troubles for the Haitian people: flooding, mudslides, malaria, and in recent years, deadly cholera. Now there’s a new outbreak spreading across the country: Chikungunya fever.

Our programs have been flooded with patients, with both St. Luke’s and St. Mary’s in Cite Soleil stretching as usual to meet overwhelming need. Our ability to serve the many seeking treatment depends on the funds to buy fluids and medications, and our ability to maintain these overflowing structures.

We wanted you, our friends, to be aware of this great new need.

The name Chikungunya means “to become contorted” or “to bend up” because the pain caused by the virus is so intense that all you can do is hold your aching joints and wait for it to be over. Haitians have adopted the name kraze le zo or “breaking bone” in Creole.

There is no anti-viral treatment for Chikungunya fever, and no vaccine, but one can treat the symptoms. While rarely fatal with proper treatment, many Haitians don’t have access to or can’t afford reliable healthcare, putting them at risk for severe dehydration and chronic pain that lasts for days or even months. It can be particularly dangerous for the very young and the elderly.

Thank you as always for your friendship and support. It is a great comfort to know that we can count on you.
With gratitude,

Father Rick Frechette
and Dr. Augustin, Co-Director of Medical Programs, St. Luke Haiti


To know more:


Little Engracia, 7 years old, affected by congenital glaucoma, which prevented her sight and caused her eye pain that forced her to constantly bow her head, was visited in Angola by volunteer optometrists and ophthalmologists from the Fondazione Francesca Rava – NPH Italia Onlus during a recent humanitarian mission, carried out in partnership with Federottica and AIMO, in 8 African countries on “Etna”, the Italian Marina Militare’s Ship that circumnavigated Africa.

The mission resulted in free eye screenings for 2,513 children, the donation of 605 pairs of eyeglasses, created ad hoc, and special attention provided to extreme cases that couldn’t be cured in their own country, such as Engracia.

On May 11th, Engracia and her father were brought from Angola by the Fondazione Francesca Rava to the Gaslini Hospital in Genova. The Fondazione had already been collaborating with Gaslini to help children from the NPH Orphanage in Honduras.

Gaslini Hospital provided Engracia with medical care that was not available in Angolia including an extensive diagnosis of her illness, pain relief, cure of the infections, and improved sight.

Engratia was discharged from Gasilini Hospital on Monday and will return today to her home, which is a village 30 km from the capital, Luanda, where she lives with 5 little sisters. Thanks to special glasses she’s able to see shadows and shapes, she is regaining the ability to walk and move in space, her pain is mitigated, and she is finally able to raise her head and start a new life.

The Fondazione Francesca Rava will continue to follow her to guarantee she receives the medicine that she will need for the rest of her life to keep her illness in check.

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The departure from the angolan airport


The little Engracia the day of her arrival in Italy, with her dad Oliveira and Maria Chiara Roti

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The arrival of the little girl in the Fondazione Francesca Rava’s Headquarters


Engracia at Gasilini Hospital with Chiara


Engracia with her dad Oliveira, Mariavittoria Rava, the professor Capris and the general manager of Gaslini institute, Paolo Petralia

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We’ve recieved from Haiti these beautiful and exciting pictures of the first tilapia fish “harvest”: more than 2200 fish ready to be eaten by our little patients from Saint Damien’s Hospital and by the children of the Orphanage!

A big thank you to everyone that has contributed to realising this project against malnutrition and towards self-sustainability for haitian children.






1-   Nutrition for thousands of kids (50.000 meals/year)

2-   Controlled chain

3-   Small profit contribution for self-sustainability

4-   The creation of work for a group of boys to help them learn a trade

5-   Microcredit for women who will sell the fish in local markets

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Your vote – and that of your friends, family and colleagues – will help us win €150,000 from Mediolanum Bank.
The funds from this important crowd sharing initiative will be sent to Father Rick and his team in Haiti for the Tilapia Fish Farm Project – expected to nourish and provide essential proteins to children at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital, NPH homes, orphanages and schools in Port au Prince, Haiti.

The voting process is very easy. Please follow these simple instructions:
-enter into the initiative by clicking here;
-click on the Vote button;
-register (in the section on the right);
-you will receive an email confirming activation and providing a link to vote;
-Pick our project “Haiti: pesci per nutrire, lavoro per crescere” in the section “Nutriamo il futuro
-pick the number of votes you want to assign to this project (from 1 to 5) and click “Vota”. You have finished!

Please share this message with as many people as possible.
We have until April 30 and your simple, fast gesture can make a huge difference in the lives of Haitian children.
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As the Easter celebrations draw near, I am more keenly aware of how many parallels of the crucifixion and the resurrection we find in the lives of the children and adults whom we serve.

Hunger without hope for sufficient food, weariness without hope for a place to rest in peace, sickness without hope for healing are the nails

of the cross of poverty. Unfulfilled dreams because of lack of educational opportunities, fear and pain because of crime and violence, and loss of hope and trust in adults, who are abusive and neglectful, are the nails of the cross children carry, who have been deprived of loving parental care. Suffering, enduring physical and emotional pain is a universal human condition we all experience at one moment or another in our lives. For those of us who are rooted in our faith, seeing Christ on the cross can help us to endure our own sufferings, hearing about Mary watching

her son dying on the cross can help us in accepting better Fortunately, the story does not end here. Christ resurrects on the third day ecoming the light of the world. Watching our children after they join our NPH family is often observing their resurrection. Within time, the burden of the children’s crosses give way to hope in life, a life where basic needs are met, opportunities to develop abound and where children can regain trust in themselves and in others.

Most importantly, they can grow in their faith and become a light to others. Of course, it is easy for me to just say this but the proof is in the words of young adult Pequeños/as who recently answered the question: “What does NPH mean to you?”

Here are a few examples representative of many answers:

“For me, NPH means family, security, a new beginning, opportunities and spiritual, professional and emotional development.”

“NPH is my family, and it has been my family since I was four years old. And it will be to the end (of my life). NPH is an example of God’s love for us, his children, put into practice by Father Wasson, an instrument of God’s love.”

“NPH is a second chance in life that no one else can give you the way NPH does, because here (at NPH) you know that you can achieve your dreams and goals, it is only up to you to fulfill them.”

“NPH means to me love, and the opportunity to change the way of life I used to have.”

I wish you a blessed Easter Celebration and thank you for being a light in the world of our children.”


Reinhart Koehler




Dear NPH Family,

Growing food was the first activity that gave us enough prosperity to stay in one place, form complex social groups, tell our stories, and build our cities.” from the book  “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”.

 Thanks to a donor from Italy, during this month of January, we began growing Tilapia for our programs: St. Helene, Fr. Wasson Angels of Light and St. Damien Hospital. A portion of our production will be sold to benefit St. Damien.

We are expecting a harvest or 1400kg every 100 days or 4,200 kg per year

This is part of an initiative for sustainable food production that includes recycling the fish water for agriculture.

We have also experimented with a plant called moringa, rich in vitamins to be added to sauces and salads.

We are enthusiastic about our effort to have local production of food high in nutritional value.”

Thank you,

Fr Rick

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