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Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation Fall Newsletter

In this issue...

Housing for Healers: "Hold Tight, Because I'm on the Way!"

Ever-growing, FSRL has more students this year than ever before. There is no space in the dorms for our second and third year students! These students will have to move into more expensive housing near campus. In the mean time, the students have been generously offered housing for three months at the nearby Hopital Ste. Croix guest house.

Eleven students piled into a van with all their belongings for their move to the guest house, feeling all of the apprehension and upheaval that comes with moving. As they got in the bus though, the students began to sing what has become a sort of FSRL anthem and started to see the move as more of an adventure. Watch the students sing this lively FSRL hymn below:

Their singing translates to:
"Hold tight, because I'm on the way!
Friends let us answer,
Oh Jesu, our hope,
By you we will win the victory!"

These students themselves are on their way to help disabled populations in Haiti live with dignity. Won’t you help out to fund housing for FSRL students?

Your support either by check (sent to Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation at PO Box 183, Hamilton, NY 13346) or by PayPal by clicking the link below would be magnificent. Thank you!

We can’t do it without you!

Student Reflection

A note from Emerson Barthelmy, 3rd Year PT Student at FSRL:

Coming here, for me, is the realization of my dreams, because I would like to be able to provide quality care. And the answer to that is FSRL. FSRL listens to us and has a dean who understands us...that makes it a very special school.

For me, FSRL is a breath of hope for the health care field and for the future of rehabilitation in Haiti. It gives us a solid understanding that lets students know how to give the quality aid which patients need to have.

Emerson Barthelmy

Follow our Facebook page for more student reflections

The Big Check

Kate Foss of the Corning, NY Rotary Club presents an oversized check to FSRL Dean Janet O'Flynn

Dean Janet O'Flynn receives a big donation check from Kate Foss, a representative of the Rotary Club in Corning, NY. The Rotary Club has made this generous $3,000 donation to fund badly needed academic supplies for the OT/PT program at FSRL.

People of Haiti Facebook Page

From Quinnipiac University students Katie Toma, Zara Krilov, Ashley Tighe, and Michelle Wendt:

When we visited FSRL in May 2017, we fell in love with the community-based culture and hard-working, compassionate people. As part of our Capstone project for graduating from the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Quinnipiac University, we created People of Haiti, a social media campaign to raise awareness and funds for FSRL, which will continue even after we’ve graduated. Please join us in the journey by following People of Haiti:

on Facebook at facebook.com/peopleofhaitiproject and

on Instagram @peopleofhaitiproject

THANK YOU!

Quinnipiac University students Katie Toma, Zara Krilov, Ashley Tighe, and Michelle Wendt

A Holy Moment

Students created custom wheelchairs and support cushions for residents of St. Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in Port-au-Prince. In the first photo below, students and the OT, Mary, are working together to set up a set of cushion supports to provide the best night-time sleeping position for little Marguerite. One sort of holy moment occurs: it is the first time some of the second year students have held the hands, touched the back, and handled the small legs of a child who was in difficulty.

FSRL students and OT Mary Jo Wagner are working together to set up a set of cushion supports to provide the best night-time sleeping position for Marguerite, a child from St. Vincent's School for Handicapped Children. Marguerite is smiling at the students.

Our 15 second and third year students went to St. Vincent's School in October to join a group of four occupational therapists from Massachusetts who have spent a full year preparing customized wheelchairs to bring to the residents. In the picture below the FSRL students and Mary Jo Wagner (OT) discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a wheelchair modification for Maille (a resident of St. Vincent's).

FSRL students and Mary Jo Wagner (OT) discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a wheelchair modification for Maille (a resident of St. Vincent's).

FSRL Promotional Video

Watch this video to see daily activities of the students and the patients they are already helping! Special thanks to Dr. Alison Sims, who spent part of the time during her doctoral capstone project making this wonderful video.

Third-Year Students

The first class of FSRL students are now in their third year!

Nine FSRL students are standing together, wearing matching purple t-shirts featuring the FSRL seal.

Third-year FSRL students Michaud, Amendocia, Merly, Micza, Roosevelt, Emerson, Stephyole, Marthe and Nicholson

Third-year students are already making a difference in the lives of handicapped individuals in Haiti:

A student from FSRL, wearing a blue medical uniform, is smiling and holding the hand of a small child, who is sitting in a specialized chair with straps and customized foam padding. The child is smiling back at the student.

THE HAITI REHAB FOUNDATION is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. The mission of HRF is to support education for rehabilitation professions in Haiti.

Donations to Haiti Rehab Foundation are fully tax deductible.
Federal tax ID: 47-1919844.
Donate by sending a check made out to: Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation
P.O. Box 183
Hamilton, NY 13346
You may also donate using your credit card by clicking using the button below.
Five students from FSRL are jumping in the air.

Students jumping for joy!

Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation Summer Newsletter

In this issue...

Sometimes you have to step out in faith…..

FSRL student Merly working with a patient in Les Cayes

FSRL recently seized a fieldwork opportunity for two students, in the countryside near Les Cayes. They worked with Haitian rehab technicians and Chilean therapists, with patients ranging in age from pediatric to geriatric: a learning experience that confirmed their classroom knowledge and also challenged them to grow into their professional roles. Just what you’d want fieldwork to do!

This great experience came at a cost, however, and we find ourselves with short-term cash flow needs as a result of the travel, lodging, and stipend.

Can you help us get over the finish line for the current academic year?

Your support either by check (sent to Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation at PO Box 183, Hamilton, NY 13346) or by PayPal by clicking the link below would be magnificent. Thank you!

We can’t do it without you!

Faculty Reflection

Donnel O'Flynn has been sharing posts about the experience of visiting faculty at FSRL on the Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation Facebook page. Like our group to see more!

The following reflection comes from Sarah Cline, who taught in February. Sarah graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and is currently employed at Roper St. Francis Rehabilitation Hospital in Charleston.

“From the moment I landed, a little nervous and extremely excited, I was ready to take on my dream of coming to this small country full of rich culture. My dream to volunteer in Haiti was realized after making a connection to teach with the physical therapy program at FSRL in Léogâne with Dean Janet O’Flynn. The ability to contribute to a sustainable and needed piece of health care currently missing in the Haitian society was an important opportunity I could not pass up. I am in awe of the immense responsibility FSRL has taken on as a pioneer in physical and occupational therapy education for the people of Haiti and proud to have been a small part of their program.

"My memories at FSRL alternate between eating wonderful food, conversing with Dean Janet, and standing in front of a classroom of attentive and engaged students eager to learn everything I had to say. The commitment the students show to their studies and progressing health care in Haiti is impressive. These students are super heroes; taking tests weekly, learning content in 3 different languages, and adapting to the teaching style of each professor are conditions that most students couldn’t overcome. Dean Janet with her constant support, commitment to excellence, kindness, and endless work helps make the seemingly impossible, possible. She allows the students to achieve their own dreams relative to school and life with grace.

I will be eagerly awaiting the opportunity to return to FSRL knowing that I will be returning to friends passionately working to make the world a better place. Bon bagay, FSRL.”

The students and Dr. Sarah Cline are "flexing the platysma muscles of the neck," something they learned about in a previous class with another professor from South Carolina, Dr. Jack Thomas.

Exciting news from Acting Dean O'Flynn

What a remarkable journey we have had over the past two years! Let us NEVER forget that our point and purpose is to relieve chronic pain, increase mobility, diminish stigma, unfasten chains of mental illness, provide direction and hope for over one million Haitian persons with disabling conditions. The Biblical idea that the fields are ripe for harvest but the harvesters are few has an analogy here. The need is evident, plentiful, and in many cases heart-breaking, and the resources are slim to none. Who wouldn’t want to begin, one student at a time, to raise up healers?

I wish you could all spend some time here on the FSRL campus to see the learning that is taking place. Our five sophomores were in class from 8 am to 5 pm almost every day; they are serious and dedicated. The seven freshmen have finished a year of shared classes with the nursing freshmen and are beginning to think like therapists!

WHAT’S BEEN ACCOMPLISHED – Thanks to YOUR help!

  • A monumental outpouring of volunteer faculty time enabled us to present a full year of excellent courses to the sophomore class, without paid professors. We couldn’t run this innovative program without their dedication.

  • Due to the writing skills, savvy and foresight of Patty Coker-Bolt, we have a grant of $20,000 from the US Department of State! This will cover costs for our volunteer faculty, giving us an approximate $1,500 more per month. Hallelujah!

  • I have been re-appointed by the Mission program of the Episcopal Church to stay in this post during the next academic year. Although the plan was to have a new dean in place, that didn’t work out, and neither did the recent effort to advertise in the US. A campaign in Canada might still bear fruit. However, Donnel and I are expecting that, either as acting dean or as transitional supporter, it will be helpful for me to be here much of the time in the coming year.

  • The local hospital (St. Croix) and FSRL are working with other partners to open a rehab program in Léogâne. This would require us to hire a Haitian PT in a shared position; part-time at the hospital, and part-time teaching here at FSRL.

WHAT’S NEEDED NOW: FSRL AT A CROSSROADS IN YEAR 3

  • Administrative help, given a third class of incoming students! What a boon that would be to the organizational integrity of this program!

  • Student Sponsorships at $4,000 an academic year will allow us to admit new students – most of whom cannot begin to afford the tuition, room and board required to attend FSRL. This is an investment in the life of a young Haitian, as well as in Haiti’s future!

  • Every $100 that you contribute today will help us pay our staff, or pay a driver to take the students to a clinical site, or will buy the very important insignia of Rehab for these new practitioners to sew onto their uniforms.

With your support for Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation, you are touching the poorest of the poor! God’s peace be with you.

Janet O’Flynn

Extra! Extra! Get your copy of the 2016 Annual Report!

HRF 2016 Annual Report as one image file — see full text below.

Request a copy of the 2016 Annual Report now!

Inside this report, you'll read how your support has already made a world of difference in the life of Merly, a second-year student at Faculté des Sciences Réhabilitation de Léogâne (FSRL). Merly’s description of her motivation to train in the healing art and science of physical therapy is compelling, and demonstrates why we at the Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF) are committed to bringing an excellent education in rehabilitation therapy to students at FSRL in Haiti.

You'll also see the wonderful programming opportunities FSRL has provided to our dedicated students. Our timeline of 2016 milestones gives a brief glimpse of the exciting work being done at FSRL every day.

We also have brand new brochures. Request copies for yourself or to share with your friends and colleagues today!

Email info@haitirehab.org with your request now!

You can also view the report on our website, below.

Learn more about FSRL from Dean O'Flynn herself!

Watch this video to see daily activities of the students and the patients they are already helping! Special thanks to Dr. Alison Sims, who spent part of the time during her doctoral capstone project making this wonderful video.

T-shirt fundraiser

Two third year OT students will have the opportunity to attend the Association of Caribbean OT conference in Kingston, Jamaica in November, as a result of a t-shirt fundraiser organized by Caroline Emmanuel and Ashton Wagner of the Medical University of South Carolina. They raised $480 with your help! This campaign is now over, but don't worry - there will be another t-shirt fundraising campaign this coming Fall!

THE HAITI REHAB FOUNDATION

is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. The mission of HRF is to support education for rehabilitation professions in Haiti.

Donations to Haiti Rehab Foundation are fully tax deductible.
Federal tax ID: 47-1919844.

Donate by sending a check made out to:
Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation
P.O. Box 183
Hamilton, NY 13346

You may also donate using your credit card by clicking using the button below.




HRF Annual Report for 2016

HRF 2016 Annual Report as one image file — see full text below.

HAITI REHABILITATION FOUNDATION

The Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization registered in the state of New York. It was formed to provide logistical and financial support for academic education of rehabilitation professionals in Haiti.



STUDENT STORY: MERLY DORESTAN

Merly Dorestan

I am Merly Dorestan, a 2nd year student at FSRL.

Physical therapy, as a discipline that intervenes to promote physical health, gives me an unconditional love in my heart. With the goal of participating in the development of my country, I would like to bring persons with handicaps to independence.

It happens in Haiti that most handicapped persons are excluded from society. They don’t have a voice in their community. My biggest dream is to reduce the heavy load for people with handicaps, who are not able to find help. I would like to provide care for them and help them recover their former life, through the practice of rehabilitation science.

Thank you for supporting FSRL students like me.

2016 MILESTONES

  • MARCH

    World Federation of Occupational Therapists recognizes FSRL’s OT curriculum

    Class of 2019

    FSRL Class of 2019 begins specialization course in rehab therapy

  • JUNE

    Dr. Patty Coker-Bolt

    Fulbright Specialist Scholar, Dr. Patty Coker-Bolt, begins her year-long association with FSRL

  • SEPTEMBER

    The first meeting of the FSRL Governing Board takes place on June 21, 2016 in Haiti to begin providing academic oversight and guidance

    Days For Girls logo

    Days for Girls research project begins in Sept. 2016, already accepted for presentation at Yale Global Health conference for April 2017!

    Students of the FSRL class of 2020

    The FSRL class of 2020 begins studies

  • OCTOBER

    Hurricane Matthew pounds the Léogâne campus with wind and rain: Classes cancelled for 2 days

    Health Fair

    Health Fair for adults with disabilities, in Léogâne, with all our 13 students leading seated wheelchair exercise (in collaboration with Association of the Handicapped of Léogâne)

  • NOVEMBER

    Conference

    FSRL sponsors the 1st Clinical Education Conference, with clinic managers participating from 7 sites across Haiti

    Gerald Oriol Jr., Haiti’s Secretary
of State for Integration of Persons
with Disabilities

    Gerald Oriol Jr., Haiti’s Secretary of State for Integration of Persons with Disabilities, accepts invitation to become patron of OT PT class of 2020

LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT OF HRF

Welcome to our first ever Annual Report! We’ll showcase the second year of life at Faculté des Sciences de Réhabilitation de Léogâne (FSRL), the undergraduate Rehabilitation Therapy program within the Episcopal University of Haiti.

So many good people are engaged in seeing that students at FSRL get a great education. On campus is Dean Dr. Janet O’Flynn with administrative and support staff to keep it running, and guidance from the FSRL Governing Board. On the last page you’ll see listed the numerous distinguished faculty from US and Canadian universities who volunteer their time to provide rigorous instruction to our students.

All this activity is supported by YOU, our donors, and the Haiti Rehab Foundation board members. With continued donations from supporters like you, this progress report will become an annual tradition.

Together, we are on our way!

Janis Handte

President, Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation (HRF)

HRF FINANCIAL REPORT: YEAR END 2016

INCOME 2016 2015
Unrestricted Income $52,500 $18,418
Scholarships $6,981 $0
Total Income $59,480 $18,418
EXPENSE 2016 2015
HRF Operating Expenses #3,306 $4,583
Transfers to FSRL* $39,020 $5,435
Scholarships $6,625 $0
Volunteer Faculty Expenses $7,246 $0
Total Expense $56,197 $10,018
Net Income $3,284 $8,400

*funding for FSRL grant requests

ASSETS 2016 2015
Cash in Checking Account $11,684 $8,400
Savings/Investment Accounts $0 $0
Asset Total $11,684 $8,400
LIABILITIES 2016 2015
Loans $5,300 $5,000
Scholarships $6,875 $0
Liability Total $12,175 $5,000
Net Assets/(Liabilities) ($491) $3,400

OUR VOLUNTEER FACULTY ARE THE FOUNDATION OF KNOWLEDGE FOR OUR STUDENTS!

It is with great gratitude that we honor our 2016 volunteer faculty and advisors. Without these volunteers, FSRL could not function.

  • Rose Bertha Baptiste, PT - I
  • Renee Brown, PhD - A
  • Frantz Charles, RT - I
  • Sarah Cline, DPT - I
  • Patricia Coker-Bolt PhD, OT - A,I
  • Ruth Cross, PT - A,I
  • Gwyneth Davies, BA - I
  • Jean Dornevil, DPT - I
  • Rose Flammang, DPT - A,I
  • Jami Flick PhD, OT - A,I
  • Ashley Kahila, MSOT - A,I
  • Nazanin Karegar, MSOT - A,I
  • Chris Kasinskas, DPT - A
  • Justin Kim, DPT - A,I
  • Shari Kim, DPT - A,I
  • Autumn Marshall, MSOT - A,I
  • Dirk Martin, MSEd - A,I
  • Karen Martin* - A,I
  • Claudia Medeiros, DPT - A,I
  • Wadson Michel, Clinical SW - I
  • Carmen Moliner, OTD - A
  • David Morrisette, PhD - A
  • Rhonda Nisbett DPT, PT - I
  • Janet O’Flynn, OTD- A, I
  • Marc Pierre DPT - I
  • Teresa Plummer, PhD, OTR/L - A,I
  • Regine Polynice, BA - I
  • Linda Robinson, MSPT - A,I
  • Judith Röder, OT - I
  • Jack Thomas, EdD, PT - A,I
  • Sally Todd, RN - A,I
  • David Wallace, PhD, PT - A
  • Rachel Zimmerman, DPT, PT - I

I = Instructor

These faculty traveled to FSRL campus for 1-2 weeks and worked as lecturers to bring high quality instruction to the students.

A = Author

These faculty gave their time to create course syllabi, lectures, and other materials. Without them, there would be no curriculum

FSRL STUDENTS HAIL FROM ALL OVER HAITI...

Map of Haiti showing home towns of FSRL students
  • Port de Paix
  • Cap Haitien
  • Hinche
  • La Plaine
  • Cul de Sac
  • Port Au Prince
  • Carrefour
  • Léogâne
  • Port à Piment

HAITI REHABILITATION FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Rick Bolt, MD
  • Renee Brown, PhD
  • Marjorie Dimanche Dorestant
  • Catherine Feintuch, PhD
  • Monique Germain, PhD, Liaison, Haiti Nursing Foundation
  • Janis Handte, MPH, President
  • Hope Lennartz, RN, Vice President
  • Janet O’Flynn, OTD, Acting Dean of FSRL
  • Yves Roseus, OTD
  • Sabrina Salvant, OTD
  • Judith Straub, LCSW, Treasurer
  • Thomas Tamlyn, JD, Secretary

FSRL GOVERNING BOARD

  • Dr. Jean-Lucien Bernard, Rector of UNEPH
  • Dr. Hilda Alcindor, Dean of FSIL Nursing School
  • The Rev. Dr. Frantz Casséus, Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Haiti
  • Dr. Janet O’Flynn, acting FSRL Dean, President
  • Dr. Robert R. Joseph, Vice-Rector UNEPH, Vice President
  • The Rev. Sadoni Léon, Treasurer
  • Mr. Richard Romage, Secretary
  • The Rev. Frantz Cole
  • Mme. Autumn Marshall
  • Dr. Kate Barrett
  • Dr. Julie Booth
  • Mme. Jami Flick

Copyright © 2017 Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation, All rights reserved.

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SUGGESTED DONATIONS:

  • $100 — support a class for one student

  • $250 — pay tuition for a student for one month

  • $1000 — cover the costs of a visiting faculty member

  • $4000 — pay all expenses (tuition, room and board, uniforms, books and fees) for one student for one year

MONTHLY GIFT:

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Donations can be made by check to "Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation" and mailed to:

Judith Straub, Treasurer
P.O. box 183
Hamilton, NY, 13346

Haiti Rehabilitation Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax-deductible.