West Tennessee Haiti Partnership

EDUCATION AND SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS

The classrooms and teachers are a critical part of St Vincent’s School, as you can imagine. Education for one child for one year costs $300. We are now supporting several students at St Vincent’s. They have completed primary education at St Vincent’s and are attending local high schools or a local university. You can contribute directly to fund a child’s education for the coming year.
Contact person– Hope Lennartz- Friends of St. Vincent’s
E-mail – hopelennartz@comcast.net
Wish List – More groups to financially “adopt” these orphans and provide for their education

SURGERIES/PHYSICAL THERAPY PROGRAM FOR ST VINCENT’S

Dr. Bheki Khumalo, of Grace St Luke’s church in Memphis, TN, has worked with Dr. Jenn Holbourn, doctor of Manual Therapy, in partnership with Dr. Georges Beauvoir, orthopedic surgeon at St Vincent’s. Together they have operated on 15 children to date, correcting major limb deformities. Ongoing physical therapy for these children will enable some of them to walk for the first time in their lives, and some of them to move from wheelchair dependence to more functional status using crutches.
Contact Person – Dr. Jenn Holbourn
E-mail – jennhgb3@hotmail.com
Wish List – In-patient surgery in Port-au-Prince is quite expensive at $2000 per child, including costs for an operating room, labs, x-rays, and post-op care.

DEAF PROGRAM

Team Canada–Healing Hands for Haiti continues to work at St Vincent’s School several times per year, led by Dr. Karen McKenzie-Stepner. They work with the deaf teachers, teaching them sign language and expanding their vocabulary to work with the 80+ deaf students.

Sherye Fairbanks, from Memphis TN, is a sign language interpreter and has taken on the task of partnering with the school’s principal to expand and improve the curriculum for the deaf students, and to help the teachers with teaching methods and techniques.

Contact Person – Sherye Fairbanks
Email – spfairbanks@gmail.com

BLIND PROGRAM

Thirty manual Braillers have been donated by Perkins School for the Blind, and we continue to take reams of Braillon paper with us every time we go to Haiti. The reams of paper are specially made to handle the imprinting process of the Braille typing. Through Hope Lennartz, we have a partnership with Perkins School for the blind, and have trained a staff member from St Vincent’s to repair these braillers. This will save valuable time and money required to ship the braillers back to the US for repairs. Also the training can be passed onto the students, to learn a valuable skill.

Contact Person – Hope Lennartz- Friends of  St. Vincent’s
E-mail – hopelennartz@comcast.net
Wish List – Braille paper – 30 reams per year, approx $42 per ream

MUSIC PROGRAM

The music program is very important to the blind and physically handicapped students. Graduates of St Vincent’s have gone on to join music programs and orchestras in their own country, as well as play in the United States and Canada.
Contact Person – Hope Lennartz- Friends of St. Vincent’s
E-mail- hopelennartz@comcast.net
Wish List – Donations of musical instruments and supplies such as guitar or violin strings and clarinet reeds, are always appreciated.

ART SHOP/SEWING MATERIALS

Several of the students make jewelry and have learned to sew simple projects. They need craft materials and fabric as well as thread, scissors and other sewing items. They can sell these items to help support themselves and the school.
Contact person– Hope Lennartz- Friends of St. Vincent’s
E-mail – hopelennartz@comcast.net
Wish List – Art supplies, craft materials, fabric, thread, scissors, and other sewing items.

CAMP JACOB

Sponsored by Jacob’s Color Link Initiative, the residents and orphans of St Vincent’s are brought to a summer beach camp every year at a local beach resort, about 1 ½ hrs north of Port au Prince.

The costs associated with each camper are approximately $1600- this is the cost of the resort accommodations, meals, and the transport costs to and from the resort.

2016 Camp Jacob will be July 10-18
Contact Person – Tom Landry
Email – tom@jacobscolorlink.org
Wish List – money to support the campers- $1600 per camper

VOCATIONAL TRAINING

Both aquaponics and aeroponics gardens are being planned for the new school. It will provide food for the students, as well as teach them to grow their own vegetables and fresh food in an urban environment.

Contact person – Margaret McLaughlin – Friends of St. Vincent’s
E-mail – margaretmclaughlin50@comcast.net

WATER PURIFICATION SYSTEM

St Vincent’s has a brand-new water treatment facility which provides the school with purified water. Thanks to many donors, especially Save the Children of Sweden, but also donors from the Friends of St. Vincent’s and the West Tennessee Haiti Partnership, the children have safe drinking water.

PHYSICAL AND OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR THE DORM CHILDREN

We are working on PT/OT Program for the residential students. This a small start, but it is a beginning.

CONNECTICUT WHITE ENVELOPE GRANT

The Friends of St. Vincent’s have submitted a grant to purchase educational materials, Braille, French and Creole books, teaching materials and other needed items for the 21 classrooms.
Contact person – Hope Lennartz, – Friends of St. Vincent’s
E-mail- hopelennartz@comcast.net

BRACE SHOP

The Brace Shop has moved back to the old main campus. We have partnered with Catholic Medical Mission Board.

TOY BOXES AND PLAY AREA FOR THE RESIDENTIAL CHILDREN

Some of the residential children are very limited. We need to provide an enriched environment. We are planning to provide a mat on which the children can have play time with stimulating toys.

You can also view our Wish List for Donors for our Medical Missions here

 

The West Tennessee Haiti Partnership
5865 Ridgeway Center Parkway, Suite 300
Memphis, TN 38120
901-820-4438

West Tennessee Haiti Partnership Companion Relationship Commission
The Rt. Rev. Don E. Johnson, Bishop + The Rev. Drew Woodruff, Coordinator + Dr. Susan Nelson, Healthcare + Vance Lewis, Finance + John Mutin,Communications

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