we have known Rodney since he was "a kid" at Christian Family Camp - our children played with him! Now he is a wonderful adult and with Christen they are a fabulous team helping children in Haiti...because of these two loving and caring - I came to read about Dr. Paul Farmer and the plight of Haiti, the terrible ways that foreign government has devastated the people, and especially the children! This is a delightful organization, run on a shoestring with tLC...we encourage those with a BIG heart to become sponsors of a child - it's painless...we are "on board" - if you love children, you will love MPM...we have sometimes been delinquent supporters, offering no more than a passing thought or prayer - but we are committed to being more financially involved and hope you will too! We are retired form Public Health and the dental medical fields, with strong leanings for social justice -
I first heard about Moun Pou Moun Haiti through a friend highly involved in social jusice work. The organization seemed nice enough, so I was a casual donor for a while. By 2009, the organization's Executive Director, Christen Parker, invited me and my socially-conscious friend to travel to Haiti with her to chronicle the progress of MPM Haiti programs. The group that I travelled with to Haiti in 2009 saw the good that's done firsthand, and we have since established a more formal Board of Directors. I am currently the Communications Director, and am highly involved in the coordination of philanthropic aid to deserving Haitian individuals and families.
I am the co-founder of Moun Pou Moun Haiti. Moun Pou Moun means "people for people" and "person by person" in Haitian Kreyol. We started this organization 5 years ago as a way to foster relationships formed in Haiti during a 10-week international rotation I had in my 4th year of medical school. Over the years our group has sponsored on average about 25 children and adults in school, built a home for a needy family, and provided food and financial relief for our families when it was needed. More recently, we've dispensed 2 microcredit loans with the intent to build a microcredit community in support of more loans. We spent a week in Port au Prince shortly after the earthquake at the UN hospital provided medical relief. We hope to be instrumental in obtaining prosthetics for amputees. We're busy! And, we're proud to say that 100% of donations go to Haiti for work there. Our Haiti coordinator, Samuel (a Haitian), has proven to be honorable, hard working, and an impeccable steward of our funds. He oversees our work there and serves as guide for future projects. We hope to get him a visa to come to the US to raise awareness of Haiti and our work together. Please visit our website www.mpmhaiti.org - and feel free to find our emails there to ask questions or provide feedback. We'd enjoy hearing from you! And, if you're impressed by what you see, we'd appreciate your donations, as well. Sincerely, Rodney Yarnal, MD Co-founder and Board Member Moun Pou Moun Haiti