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Grace J. Palmisano Center for Campus Ministry

Reflections: The Haiti Experience (June 2012)

A small group of students, faculty and staff opened their hearts and their minds to spend June 3, 2012 to June 9, 2012 in the third-world country of Haiti, using the skills they learned at Merrimack College to help those in need.

Brian Suehs-Vassel, campus minister; Marc Veletzos, assistant professor of Civil Engineering, and Kevin Melanson, clinical instructor for Athletic Training collaborated with Project Medishare to bring their talents and those of the Merrimack students to the people of Haiti.

The three were joined by four students who were eager to apply the knowledge and skills they learned in their educational programs at Merrimack in a very different real-world setting.  Margaret (Maggie) Jacques and Dan Borges, civil engineering majors assisted with improving access to clean water, while Mollie Fitzgerald and Chelsea Jacoby, athletic training majors, trained allied-health professionals in new ways they could better help patients with physical ailments.  

Reflections of Mollie Fitzgerald:

I participated [in the Medishare service trip] because not only would I get to serve others and benefit from learning about another culture, but while doing so, I would be able to implement the knowledge and skills I have learned over the past three years of being an Athletic Training student.”  
(Read more about Mollie’s experience working with the people of Haiti »)

Reflections of Chelsea Jacoby:

So many of the Haitian people touched my heart and made me a better person without even knowing it, and for that I am forever grateful.” 
(Read more about Chelsea’s experience working with the people of Haiti  »)

Reflection of Maggie Jacques:

Without this trip I don’t know if I ever would have gotten into service work; now I know it is something I can’t live without!”
(Read more about Maggie’s experience working with the people of Haiti  ») 

Reflections of Kevin Melanson:

Our experience evaluating and treating some musculoskeletal disorders displayed the need for, and potential benefit from, increased access to musculoskeletal braces and rehabilitative exercises in Haiti.
(Read more about Kevin’s experience working with the people of Haiti  »)

Reflections of Brian Suehs-Vassel

We found that our students, staff and faculty have the skill to help them in exactly the way they need.” 
(Read more about Brian’s experience working with the people of Haiti  »)