Cedric and Widza Bryant are the founders of the Vladimir Bryant Foundation (VBF). Their vision came after moving to Haiti from the U.S. and finding no medical support, rehabilitation and schooling system in place for their son with Cerebral Palsy. Consequently, they met many other children with disabilities, some discarded facing similar circumstances as their son.
Out of these challenges, Cedric and Widza were compelled to create this foundation to provide safe housing, rehabilitation and schooling for these precious children. The first center, Little Hearts Home, opened in 2012, provided a safe and nurturing environment in the beginning. Today, the center has evolved to include schooling, physical, occupational & speech therapy with volunteer therapists working alongside the local staff to support and rehabilitate the children. In addition to Haiti’s lack of facilities to espouse and accommodate these children, disabled children have no access to education, nationwide. They are not welcome in schools as virtually all schools are not equipped to accommodate them. Our goal is to provide ongoing education by means of establishing integrated schools, that are equipped to accommodate children with disabilities throughout Haiti, as we continue to provide physical, occupational & speech therapy, early intervention and family support.
Our Mission and Vision
Vladimir Bryant Foundation (VBF) is a non-profit organization created to promote awareness mobility, independence, inclusion, and education in children with disabilities who are marginalized. VBF accomplishes this by providing support through an array of multidisciplinary programs including early intervention services, physical, speech & occupational therapy, schooling, as well as through community coordinated partnership, serving as a voice and advocate for the rights of all children who have special needs.
Early Intervention • Physical therapy • Occupational therapy • Speech therapy • Schooling • Adaptive equipment fittings • Parent Support Group Counseling • Housing
Cerebral Palsy, What Is It?
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. There are several different types of cerebral palsy, including spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic, and mixed.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Cerebral Palsy is caused by injuries or abnormalities of the brain. Most of these problems occur as the baby grows in the womb, but they can happen at any time during the first 2 years of life, while the baby’s brain is still developing.
To read more about Cerebral Palsy, please visit the Mayo Clinic website.