In 1993, she started working at Kay St. Helene in Kenscoff with Gena, the Director of the Special Needs Programs for NPH-Haiti, and Noelle, a fellow international volunteer. Finesse spent twelve years working in the special needs house, Kay Christine, first as one of the caregivers but after two years she was promoted to the Head Coordinator of the house.
In 2004, Fr. Rick Frechette saw a desperate need for a clinic in Wharf Jeremie. After the medical clinic was established by Fr. Rick and his team, he called Gena one day for a consult on a child with special needs. From there, Gena and her team decided to go weekly to treat kids with disabilities. They soon outgrew the space available and thus Fr. Rick offered for them to go to what is now Kay Au Bois in Tabbare. Then in 2008 the construction of Kay Germaine was completed and they have been there ever since.
During the development of these programs Finesse remained to be a prevalent part of all administration teams. What Finesse loves most about her job is the fact that she gets to work with children with disabilities and help their parents take proper care of them. She has huge dreams for the continuous development of the program but most importantly she wants to continue working with the love and gratitude she has witnessed since day one. She particularly loves seeing everyone working together as a family and she prays that this dream lasts forever.
Finesse says, “The work that is being done by NPFS in Haiti, we don’t have it anywhere else in the country! This organization is helping a lot of people and I hope it continues to do so forever. I am just overjoyed that I can be a part of it all.
Rose Yolaine E. Boncoeur
Yolaine begins her working day at 7.30 ensuring that all the teachers have the correct materials and that they are well prepared for the day. The Children then arrive just before 8 and school commences with the raising of the Haitian Flag and the singing of the National Anthem. As director of the school Yolaine is responsible for the children so her first priority is the well being of the children. She starts the day by getting the attendance figures and then coordinates the equine and pool therapy program for the day with the therapist involved. She then spends about 30 minutes in each class assisting and observing the students and teachers. This is an extremely important part of the role because as director of the school Yolaine also facilitates the monthly teaching formations, whereby teachers receive training and upskilling in teaching practices, child protection, etc. Often, the content of these formations is based on the observations when doing these rounds.
Yolaine has over 22 years’ experience working with children and says that she still loves coming to work every day. She loves the children and very much enjoys working with her fellow staff. While she is director of the school she stresses a very collaborative approach to work. She says “We have an open team here in Kay Germaine and it is important that everyone has a voice!”. Everyone wants the best for the children and this approach has worked for the school to date.
Working in Kay Germaine since 2010, Mackendy is responsible for reviewing and ensuring the implementation of our child protection policy and procedures. This role also incorporates the necessary training of all staff ensuring that they are familiar with, and adhering, to the child protection policy. He is the focal point for any reported concerns and has also conducted a number of workshops with parents and personnel working with special needs children.
Delicarme started working in Kay Germiane on the 14th February 2008. She works with the older children in the school many of whom have Cerebral palsy or Downs syndrome. Every day she teaches different activities tailored towards the needs of those in her class. She teaches the children how to read and write, while also creating activities to improve their motor and socialisation skills. As these children are also taught vocational skills that will help them when they leave the program. Delicarme says that she gets great pleasure out of working with the children and staff in Kay Germaine.
Roméne started working at the school in 2007. Every day her first action is to welcome the children, help them to raise the Haitian flag and sing the national anthem. Once class begins it is important that she teaches exercises both in groups and individually. The group work develops the children’s communication and socialisation skills, while individual lessons meet the child’s specific needs. Roméne loves coming to work every day and it gives her particular pleasure to see the development of each child. The team at Kay Germaine take a very collaborative approach to the work and she finds this collaborative approach very effective and rewarding.
Ketia has worked with NPFS since 2008. First working out of the school in Kay Germaine and then moving to our therapy wing in the adjacent building at Kay Gabriel in 2013. Ketia’s role is to treat special needs children from both the school, and children from the surrounding communities. Ketia finds working in Kay Gabriel very rewarding and enjoys working with children every day; she also likes the personal development involved. She says “The monthly two day formations not only improves the treatment she provides but give her the chance to learn more about the body and how it works.”