West Tennessee Haiti Partnership

Madame Marc Leon – In Memoriam

Last week we received the very sad news of the death of Madame Marc Leon, one of the long-term staff of St Vincent’s School. I first met Madame Marc in 2008 when I brought my first medical team to St … Read More

Brittany’s New Skirt

A story shared by seasoned St. Vincent’s volunteer pharmacist Brittany Jonap, who is currently living and working in Haiti. Our dear friend and St. Vincent’s graduate Clauricienne is an extremely talented seamstress who just graduated from fashion design school, despite having … Read More

We’re Moving!

UPDATE ON ST VINCENT’S GOVERNING BOARD With the approval of Bishop Duracin, St Vincent’s has a newly formed Governing Board, officially entitled Board of St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The purpose of this Board shall be to assist … Read More

10 Things I’ve Learned Since Working in Haiti

Life for women in developing countries is incredibly hard. From finding water, making a fire, finding food and washing laundry, women who have no “time-saving devices” work hard all day just to keep their families fed and clean. They and … Read More

Eye team last day in Haiti May 12, 2016

Posted on by Susan Nelson

Blogger’s note:  I apologize that this is being posted as a late entry.  The story of what this incredible team did for the children and staff of St Vincent’s is amazing to believe.  The photo of the team is especially … Read More

JoJo’s Wake

Posted on by Susan Nelson

In Haiti, as in the US sometimes, folks have a wake to remember their loved one, tell stories, celebrate their life with us.  Friday night we gathered in the courtyard of St Vincent’s with all of the residents, many of … Read More

Joy and Sadness

Posted on by Susan Nelson

Sherye and I are in the Hotel Montana, having just enjoyed breakfast and tea on the patio and now in the airconditioned room taking a rest before going to St Vincent’s to see the kids.  It doesn’t feel like I’m … Read More

Joseph Jean Paul – memorial fund

Posted on by Susan Nelson

Several of you have expressed a desire to help cover medical costs and funeral arrangement for JoJo  I have asked Hope Lennartz to receive any donations and to forward them to Pere Fan Fan, via the Diocese of Haiti. I … Read More


Posted on by Susan Nelson

I am stunned by the news that my friend, Jo Jo has died. Truly he was one of the most unforgettable characters I will ever meet. This kindly man took me into his heart and taught me what it means … Read More


Posted on by Susan Nelson

“To say I’m devastated is an understatement. I just found out that my friend,  JoJo, passed yesterday. He was an amazing man who loved his family at  Ecole St Vincent Haiti unconditionally. He welcomed me into his community  and made … Read More