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 student members hail from countries across the globe: Nigeria to Vietnam to Haiti itself.
FUNDRAISING & DEVELOPMENT
DANIEL ELENDU, HANDCRAFTS MANAGER, CLASS OF 2019
Learn, share, engage, do, learn again (and then cycle continues). This has the VHP experience for me. I am an international student from Nigeria and I joined VHP in the first semester of my freshman year after its introduction to international students by Andrew. I was drawn to it because it had a cause, a cause that students could commit to and be a part of.
I got involved in the Merchandise Initiative and being a lover of art myself, I got to explore and appreciate the different artworks and the handcrafts materials which were used to raise funds to support the people of Chermaitre, Haiti. It is a gift to be part of a family that is motivated, humble, innovative and dedicated to making life better in a region that is unfamiliar to a lot of people. VHP has provided a space for students like myself to learn and gain new perspectives on a lot of things, to interact and socialize, to tackle challenges and grow as an individual.
I have enjoyed the Art Sales, I have enjoyed the Stretching parties, I have enjoyed the discussions and planning and projects, and I have enjoyed the love and warmth in this community. I look forward to a better year where I can learn more, do more and make meaningful impact personally, and as a part of this family because right now, I am a part of this project and this project is a part of me.
MAYNIE YANG, SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR, CLASS OF 2019
This is my first time participating in an non-profit organisation. VHP attracted me with vibrant colours. The paintings of Haitian artists, animals, tropical forests, fields, hardworking people...they constitute a homy atmosphere, culture that is welcoming and pleasant. I feel affected by the warm vibe. As social media director, I hope to share that feeling among the general public.
RUOYU LI, CO-VICE PRESIDENT OF EVENTS, CLASS OF 2019
I joined the Vassar Haiti Project two years ago during freshmen orientation. Since then, VHP has been a significant part of my Vassar life. Freshman year, I was a member of the Education and Merchandise Committees, and then I joined VHP’s executive board as the web sale manager for Merch. Sophomore year, I contribute to VHP as the co-vice president of Events Committee. We mainly work on organizing on and off campus art sales, reaching out to potential partners and giving presentations to introduce VHP to more people.
March of my freshman year, I went to Haiti with a group of VHP members. The trip was an incredible experience that connected me with our friends in Haiti, and linked my previous experience in VHP with real changes that happened and were happening in Chermaitre.
VHP is a space for learning, thinking, doing and connecting. It gives me new and critical perspectives to think about the meaning of nonprofit organization and global connections. I also see how small deeds could lead to big changes. I am fortunate and grateful to have the chance to be a part of this loving and energetic community/family.
ANNA MAN, VICE PRESIDENT OF MERCHANDISE, CLASS OF 2018
When I was still a freshman looking for activities to join, I was immediately drawn to the friendly, enthusiastic atmosphere VHP creates. Over the past, I had been involved in the merchandise and health committees through various research projects and events. I am so glad that it is a part of my college experience.
VHP is such a distinguished organization made up of the warmest people you will ever find. It truly embodies the core values of passion, openness, and genuineness I seek in my work. It aspires me to push my limits and be more than who I seem to be. I am looking forward to an exciting new year with VHP!