West Tennessee Haiti Partnership

You’re just like me

Ramon is a team member from NYC whose family is from the Dominican Republic. Haiti has had a complicated relationship with the DR for many reasons.  Generally Haitians are not regarded with respect by Dominicans.   Sherye introduced him to Gammaline, … Read More

Ella Sophie and Simon

Tomorrow will be our last day in clinic.  The day we live into the meaning of “things done and left undone”. We’ve seen a little over half the children and many teachers. Mercifully we haven’t seen any very sick children; … Read More

I am fish

Language is always a challenge when we work at St Vincents. Half of the 200 students are deaf, so all the team members try to learn a few signs like “What is your name?”, “My name is”, “sit down” and … Read More

First night in Haiti

We have folks from all corners of the US on our team this March.  Kellar joins us from Olympia Washington, is a family doctor, and has been to St Vincents three times before.  He was one of the early team … Read More

Response to President Trump

  I am very saddened to hear the ridiculous remarks by our president about certain countries he chooses to malign in his discussion about immigration, including Haiti, a country I have worked in for 10 years.  I cant let that … Read More

Who is your Boss Man?

Every time I get to the Haiti airport, at baggage claim area there is the one question I get asked over and over. For some reason they come up to me and ask me directly, “Who is your boss man?” … Read More

Thoughts during Ride to the Airport

Never sit in the front seat of a vehicle in Haiti if you can help it Sit with your elbow on the suitcase next to you. It might cushion the blows from driving through potholes. Observe activities outside your car … Read More

Is That Your Suitcase (driving away)?

Guest house living has its ups and downs.  Meeting other teams who come to work in Haiti can provide unexpected benefits, like learning about other resources in Haiti, other organizations which grapple with similar problems.  It can also be annoying, … Read More

Will You Take this Painting?

With plans changing suddenly last Friday, as they often do in Haiti, several of us found ourselves with 4 extra days in Haiti.  I decided to contact Voyages Lumière (VL) and see if we could arrange an overnight trip to … Read More

Fried Everything

Dinner at the guest house last night, we had Fried sweet potatoes. Fried plantains. Fried chicken. Small bits of fried something which tasted like fried bread.  Rice.   For the brave souls among us we could top it all with … Read More