Human Dignity Award for Gena Heraty, Special Needs Programme Director

Congratulations to our Special Needs Programme Director Gena Heraty who received a humanitarian award at the Irish Oireachtas today, Thursday 8th December 2016. The Human Dignity Award honours people whose commitment to the promotion of human dignity has been exemplary. Her award was presented by Ceann Comhairle, Sean O Fearghail, TD and Senator Ronan Mullen of the Oireachtas Human Dignity Group. 

Gena Heraty has worked in Haiti for 23 years. Under her leadership, the Special Needs Programme has grown to include educational, healthcare and residential services that support hundreds of vulnerable children and families in Port-au-Prince and beyond. Gena provides essential services in a way that truly honours human dignity. She does this with patience, integrity and grace in a very challenging environment. 

To the people of Haiti, Gena Heraty is quite simply one of their own. Her long-term presence here means more than any words or promises ever could. Her passionate commitment to their needs doesn’t waver; her impact here over half a lifetime is immense.

Gena is an inspiring figure both personally and professionally. We all feel proud and privileged to work with her. Congratulations on your award Gena! Nobody we know deserves it more.


8.12.2016 MAYO WOMAN RECEIVES OIREACHTAS DIGNITY AWARD. Well known Irish volunteer in Haiti Gena Heraty today (8.12.16) received the Oireachtas Human Dignity Award from Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail TD at a cermony in Leinster House. The award now in it's third year is presented annually by the Oireachtas Human Dignity Group to a person whose commitment to the promotion of human dignity has been exemplary. Ms Heraty from Westport Co Mayo is a member of the Catholic lay missionary association Viatores Christi. She went to Haiti in 1993 and has remained there ever since as a volunteer with NPH (Our Little Brothers and Sisters)-an orphange in the hillside village of Kenscoff 10km from Port-au-Prince. Pic shows Gena Heraty being presented with the Oireachtas Human Dignity Award by Ceann Comhairle Sean O Fearghail TD with Senator Ronan Mullen on Thursday morning at a cermony in Leinster House. Pic John Mc Elroy. NO REPRO FEE. Further Info: Senator Ronan Mullen 087-2446911 or (01) 6183930

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