Because of the prevalence of voodoo in the Haitian culture, children with handicaps or medical problems are often thought to be cursed. Some of these children are starved to death or abandoned. Others are brought to Notre Maison by family members who simply can't take care of their child with special needs.
Notre Maison is managed by a wonderful Haitian woman, Gertrude Bien-Aime Azor. Gertrude's goal is to provide a loving, safe, Christian home for these children to be able to reach their potential. The American missionary who had been raising funds for Notre Maison, died of cancer last year, and Gertrude is trying to run the home on the profits she makes from a guesthouse she runs. Unfortunately, this is not enough to meet these children's many needs.