“When the earthquake hit, and we watched with horror as 2 million refugees were left displaced, we knew we had to act. As educators, our natural inclination was to focus on the children, and to establish a framework that would essentially be both a safe-haven and a school in order to secure their future.” Forrest Broman, COHRP Founder and Chairman
The Children of Haiti and Refugee Projects (COHRP) is a private, non-profit corporation with the mission to bring strong and effective education and nutrition to some of the poorest children in Haiti and to the children of refugees in Africa, Jordan and Israel.
Our programs are focused on providing education, healthcare and nutrition to deprived children in a framework optimized for results. We continue to seek out new areas of refugee children who are underserved and in need of support.
On January 12, 2010, a powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti just south of the capital of Port-au-Prince and left over 2 million people displaced. In the following weeks, we watched with horror as the situation worsened in Haiti, and we felt compelled to act. Being educators our inclination was to establish a non-profit organization that would offer a K-12 educational program with nutritional and health care support. The original participants came from a sprawling tent camp of 5000 displaced persons next to which we located the initial school.
Within months, we mobilized the school in Port Au Prince using contributions from international schools, interested individuals and corporations from around the world. In May of 2010, the Children Of Haiti Project (COHP) opened its doors to 50 children ages 4,5 and 6 in dire need of an education and a safe and clean sanctuary in the midst of a devastated city.
Today, we are COHRP (formerly COHP), and we have expanded our activities to address the educational and nutritional needs of children of refugees in Africa, Jordan and Israel. COHRP is funded by a variety of international organizations, interested individuals and its own funds earned in its other programs. We welcome your interest, your contribution and your commitment.