The Vassar Haiti Project thrives on the energy and diversity of our partners in Chermaitre and Haiti, as well as our members, who come from all corners of the Vassar community. From Haitians to students and faculty to administrators, alumni, and our members in the Poughkeepsie area and beyond, the Vassar Haiti Project brings together individuals from a multitude of backgrounds.
Our strong local partnership with the people of Chermaitre and leaders of their local community ensure that our projects and relationships thrive.
Pere Andre Wildaine, Episcopal Priest and District Director
Pere Andre Wildaine is the priest in charge representative of the Partnership Program to Chermaitre and several neighboring villages. The Partnership Program is an extension of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti, which is based in Port au Prince. We chose to work through the Episcopal Diocese on the recommendation of many that they were an organization with a high degree of financial integrity, and also one that placed good people in charge of village projects.Pere Wildaine was Deacon under Pere Soner for a number of years, and was in March promoted for his hard work and was assigned to several villages. His role in Chermaitre and the other villages in which he works is work with our organization toward making positive impact in the areas of education, health, reforestation, water access and purification, and a women’s cooperative. Our mutual goal is to foster sustainable development in Chermaitre.
Clairvoix, School Director
For Clairvoix, founder and director of Ecole St. Paul in Chermaitre, education is a lifelong passion and commitment. He oversees the operations of the school, which follows a government-recommended curriculum from kindergarten through 6th grade.
Anisee, Femmes de Chermaitre President
Anisee is the president of the newly-formed Femmes de Chermaitre women’s cooperative. The cooperative provides an empowering environment for the women of Chermaitre to take on projects to supplement their incomes. Recent initiatives that are still in the works include napkin-sewing, coffee, and making peanut butter for school lunches.
Dr. Gueslin, Clinic Doctor
Hailing from Port-au-Prince, Dr. Gueslin is the primary doctor at the Chermaitre-Fiervil Health Center. He became our partner in October 2013 and has been the medical director of the Health Center since. At our current capacity, he opens the clinic for two days twice a month. With the help of the nurse, Dr. Gueslin sees more than 50 patients each day, providing consults as well as prescription medication when necessary. He speaks English, French, and Creole.
NURSE ROSENERLINE, CLINIC NURSE
From Gonaives, Nurse Rosenerline at the Chermaitre assists Dr. Gueslin, she does patient intake and helps distribute medication from our on-site pharmacy.
She manages the clinic five days a week, visits the school and is enthusiastic about increasing her responsibilities to include education on family planning, personal hygiene and preventative care.
Marie Viege, Matron
Marie Viege is the village matron. Trained as a midwife at Alma Mater hospital in Gros-Morne, the nearest city, she used to be supported by the staff there. However, after the earthquake, their support ceased. She perseveres on in her work because she believes in the importance of helping other mothers.
Peter Lylord, Medical Student
Peter Lylord is an academically gifted medical student studying to become a neurosurgeon (there are currently only four in Haiti). He shines in his many roles as invaluable partner, friend, guide, and translator to VHP, and has led our team in carrying out clinic services in Chermaitre.
He is passionate about bettering the health of all Haitians regardless of class or background. He says, "VHP is the greatest opportunity that I have given in order to help the needy ones more and more in Haiti."