Making a Difference in Haiti
Miquette Denie ’06, a Haitian graduate of Concordia’s nursing program, is a registered nurse who is teaching in Haiti and making a significant difference in her homeland.
Immediately after the 2010 earthquake that devastated the island, Denie worked 18-hour days, tending to the injured, trying to reach those who were buried in the wreckage.
Denie is also the founder of TeacHaiti, a non-profit organization supporting education for children in Haiti.
She grew up like most children in Haiti, with little access to clothing, food, education or healthcare.
“Because education in the United States has given me the audacity to dream big dreams I had never thought possible before, I want to do the same for these brilliant children,” says Denie.
The goal of TeacHaiti is to provide annual education scholarships to some of Haiti's neediest children who would not otherwise be able to attend school.
After the earthquake destroyed many schools, TeacHaiti, supported by donors in Minnesota, opened The School of Hope in Port-au-Prince to eager elementary students, offering them education and a daily hot meal.
Denie worked for months to secure the proper location, teachers, supplies and other needs to make the TeacHaiti School of Hope a reality.
“My passion is education,” says Denie. “Haiti will never get out of its predicament without education.”
For more on TeacHaiti, go to www.teachaiti.org.