Sustainable Therapy Welcomes you
"Piti piti, wazo fe nich li"
Little by little the bird builds its nest
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6014 Kingsbury Ave
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Sustainable Therapy is a non profit 501(c)(3) organization, helping educate the next generation of physical and occupational therapists in Haiti.
The availability of rehabilitation services for the people of Haiti is severely limited. Education of Haitian students in this field results in increased services, a Haitian-run and therefore more sustainable system, and a better life for the individual student and their families.
Sustainable Therapy Haiti is a 501(c)(3) organization.
100% of donations go to student assistance.
Healthcare services in Haiti are sorely lacking with a severe shortage of rehabilitation professionals especially in the rural areas. A group of physical therapists who have volunteered for several years, teaching a Rehabilitation Technician training program developed by Health Volunteers Overseas and providing therapy services in Haiti established Sustainable Therapy Haiti in 2010. After successfully graduating several classes of technicians at Hopital Albert Schweitzer, in Dechappelles, some of our graduates expressed their desire to continue their education.
Our experiences exposed the great need for expanded rehabilitation services in order for individuals to return to productive work to support families. We strongly embrace the concept that a Haitian workforce is essential for a sense of dignity and independence for the Haitian people. Freedom for dependence on outside visiting therapists is essential. We are encouraged that the Haitian Physiotherapy Association, the professional physical therapist organization has developed and been accepted into the World Confederation for Physical Therapy.
The mission of Sustainable Therapy Haiti is to educate and financially support Haitian physical and occupational therapy students, increasing the number of Haitian rehabilitation professionals in the country. Ameroline Belizare, our first student has graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catholica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM), a physical therapy program in the Dominican Republic and is working in the Artibonite Valley in Haiti. Currently there are three students attending school, two in the PUCMM physical therapy program and one enrolled in occupational therapy, at the Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo, in the Dominican Republic. These are dedicated young people, leaving home and family, attending school in Spanish, rather than their native French or Kreyol. Their goals are to better themselves, assist their families and their communities back in Haiti.
All of the students supported by Sustainable Therapy are from the Artibonitte Valley in north central Haiti. This is the most fertile area in Haiti, a primary source of food production for the country, where a majority of the population are farmers. Ameroline, Frantzo and Ednidge all completed the Rehabilitation Technician Training Program at the Hopital Albert Schweitzer and then worked in physical therapy departments in Haiti. Currently, our students attend university programs in the Dominican Republic where the programs are well established.
Occupational Therapy Student at Universidad Catolica Santo Domingo - Expected Graduation 2022. Julie is a very mature student and is finding her way in the Occupational Therapy Program.
Julie is our first student to attend the Occupational Therapy Program. She is the youngest of our students at 20, comes from a smaller family with many extended family members. Her mother works at Hospital Albert Schweitzer and her father is a farmer His average yearly salary is $1000. Julie is also very involved in her church and has been described as someone who strongly values local customs and traditions.
Physical Therapy Student at Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra - Expected Graduation 2022. Frantzo is a “family man” and is always seeking ways to help others.
Frantzo is from a family of five children.He is married with one daughter.His primary interests are devotion to his faith and his church, and becoming a good physical therapist and contributing to his community. Franzo attended the rehabilitation training program at Hopital Albert Schweitzer before working in Port au Prince.
AMEROLINE LOUCHIE BELIZAIRE
Physical Therapy Graduate (2016) of Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra, was our “pioneer”. She helped pave the way for our current students. After graduation she worked in a PT Practice in Port a Prince. Returning home to Deschappelles, as a new mom, she is starting an outpatient clinic.
Ameroline is our first graduate. She lives near Varrettes, Haiti with her husband and young daughter. Previously she worked for Global Therapies in Port au Prince, Haiti and Hopital Albert Schweitzer in Dechapelles, Haiti.Her primary interests are care of children and clients following stroke. Presently she is working on opening a rural clinic.
EDNIDGE PIERRE VAMEUS
Physical Therapy Student at Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra - Expected Graduation 2022. As rehab techinician at HAS, Ednidge would always have a great smile, and was outstanding at motivating patients.
Ednidge is a third year physical therapy student. She is married and very active in her church. Before attending physical therapy school, she worked as a rehabilitation technician at Hopital Albert Schweitzer.
A video message from
Frantzo and Ednidge
COVID PANDEMIC APPEAL
Friends we need your immediate assistance!
Due to the COVID epidemic we have been unable to gather for our annual fundraiser. This has been our main source of funds to support our students. Without your help we will be unable to continue our support for these students this semester and year!
Please Donate today!
Beginning in 2012 we have held our Fall Fundraiser at Joe’s Café (thank you Bill Christman!). A wonderful evening, tasting Haitian food, learning about our mission, shopping at the Marche’ , a silent auction and enjoying music in the garden. The Marche’(market) and silent auction provided a variety of Haitian folk art and crafts. For the last three years, the food has been catered by Chef Myriame Robinson of the Manjé Kreyol Grill, a native Haitian living here in St. Louis. Supporters raved about her “jon-jon rice” and other delicacies,
and listened intently to her stories about the needs of her fellow Haitians.
Last year we were excited to be featured in the Ladue News! In addition to the Board,
the event was assisted by volunteers from family members,
and students from the Maryville University PT Program.
The Fall Gala has been our major fundraiser to support our students. This year with the COVID-19 pandemic canceling our event we facing an emergency of not being able to continue supporting our students. We need your help today.
CHEF MYRAIME TALKS ABOUT HAITI HER COUNTRY
We were honored to hear from Chef Myraime at our 2018 Fundraiser.
Annie and the Fur Trappers
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Left to Right
Chuck Gulas, PT
Denise English, PT
Mary Christman, PT & Board President
Kelly Nowacki, PTA