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Mary Susan Carlson, M.D.
I am passionate about:
working with the people of Haiti
A little known fact about me is:
I retired after working for 27 years as a general ophthalmologist so I have more time to work with the people of Haiti, where I have been doing volunteer work for the last 19 years.
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Raising Haiti Foundation
I have participated on volunteer ophthalmic surgical missions in Vietnam, Ecuador, Honduras, The Philippines, Cambodia, Ghana, El Salvador, India, Bolivia. I have been the Chair of the Haiti Committee at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in VA for the last 19 years, traveling to Haiti 25 times. OLQP is twinned with St. Joseph parish in rural Medor Haiti. Our church helps support the education of 3,000 children in Medor; they each receive a school lunch; we support clean water, sanitation and agro-forestry initiatives. My work in Medor introduced me to Raising Haiti and the 3Legs Program.
Hey Brian, Thanks for your message and for what you are doing to help Haitians in Chile. I knew that there were many Haitians who immigrated to Chile (and many other places) but I had no idea that there are 134,000 Haitians living in Chile. Thank you for asking for my feedback on how to make Talking Stickers more "human centered/optimized to benefit Haitians". My suggestion is for your group to listen to the Haitians on your team and to the children and their parents/families who are the beneficiaries. Try to incorporate their suggestions into Talking Stickers. Empower them to guide the program. They won't let you down. I hope this helps. Thanks again for your help for the people of Haiti and best wishes for the success of Talking Stickers. Kindly, Sue Carlson
Hi Gaby, University of Fondwa has 3 majors: vet medicine, agronomy and business management, all needed for rural Haitian communities to prosper. The 3Legs Pilot Projects provides a scholarship to 3 students from each of the 6 participating communities: one to study vet med, one to study agronomy and one to study business management. Each student promises to return home after graduation to work with the community's Local Development Committee to create wealth and improve livelihoods. Currently the university is revising its curriculum, focusing on community based development and encouraging all of its students, whether in 3Legs or not, to return home after graduation, to give back to their rural community. We decided to affiliate with uFondwa because it is Haiti's rural university and that is the 3Legs focus. Also, the university was founded by Haitian priest, Father Joseph Philippe, the same person who first envisioned 3Legs. Father Joseph is keenly aware of the university's assets; knows the professors and the curriculum. He paved the way for the relationship between 3Legs and uFondwa. Make sense? Thanks. Mary Sue