A Family for Haiti’s Future

Newsletter issue: 
September 2013
News item date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013

By Sunny-Dae Larson (Associate Director of Community Development)

While studying atBrownUniversity’s medical school, Nick Carter approached Drs. Edward Wing and Timothy Flanigan, a Haitian Project Board Member, about Brown’s efforts inHaiti.  As part of THP’s collaboration with the Brown Medical Exchange Program, THP welcomed Nick and Rachel Carter into the community at Louverture Cleary School (LCS) in 2011.

The Carters lived at LCS – Rachel, a professional teacher, served as Lead Volunteer and taught English and Spanish, and THP provided Nick with transportation to St. Luc Hospital during the week.  On the weekends, he joined Volunteers for work projects and led a medical club for older students with an interest in health professions.  “THP offered us exactly the opportunity we were looking for – to be fully engaged in working to improve education and health inHaiti,” Nick recalls. 

In describing their experience at LCS, Rachel said, “One of my favorite moments from the year came in March when Nick and I shared the news that we were expecting a baby.  I remember realizing how close our group of Volunteers had become, and how lucky Nick and I felt to be able to share such exciting news with our fellow Volunteers.”

Their son, Peter was born in November and Nick graduated from Brown in May.  He is now in a five- to seven-year general surgery residency atVanderbiltHospitalinNashville,TN. Nick hopes the program will include an extended stay inHaitiafter his first three years of residency.

President of THP, Deacon Patrick Moynihan commented, “It was great to have the Carters as both part of our community and as the first fruits of a nearly decade of work with Dr. Wing to increase opportunities for Haitian medical professionals to develop their skills.  As our students are deeply committed to making Haitiwork, this program is especially important to LCS graduates who pursue medical careers.”   The partnership succeeded not only because of the Carters’ skills, but because of their belief in THP’s mission to help Haitibuild its own systems.  As Nick remarked, “A top priority for medical professionals volunteering in Haitishould be equipping Haitian providers to provide necessary care.”