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Striving to give every child of Haiti a chance at a promising future.

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Board Members

Rachelle Sylvain-Spence

Rachelle is a married, mother of two who holds a Master's degree and a license in social work. She was born in New York and raised in Haiti. At the age of 17 she moved to New York for college and attended Saint Francis College in Brooklyn. She then attended graduate school at Hunter College School of social work.

She has made a career as a medical social worker and has over 11 years experience working in the health care system. Rachelle’s work has been in the assessment and identification of psychosocial needs and issues specific but not limited to child/elder abuse, homelessness, domestic violence, rape, substance abuse and bereavement counseling. Since graduation Rachelle has held positions involving adult/pediatric trauma, critical care, maternal and pediatric social issues.

Rachelle's recent relocation to Florida in 2008 led her to occupy the pediatric Hematology/Oncology clinic social worker position at Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital. While there she became very active in the community relations and managed aspects of the Love Jen Fund. Rachelle now devotes all her time in mentoring, managing her organization and volunteer work in the south florida community. She is now part of the board of directors for the Freedom Water Foundation.

Rachelle’s love for her country of origin (Haiti) and its children has always driven her passion to give back to its community. Her career working with children is a true testimony of her dedication to disadvantaged children. She has realized and identified the dire urgency to assist Haiti’s children to regain their status is this world.

Frederica Stines

Frederica is a grants and program development professional with over 12 years experience working on social justice issues. After receiving her M.A. in international policy studies from the Monterey Institute for International Studies, Frederica worked as a graduate research consultant for the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Geneva, Switzerland where she assessed UNV HIV/AIDS-related activities as a basis for future programming.

She then spent two years in the public relations department at the national headquarters of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF coordinating spokesperson participation in special events and advocacy programs. In 1998, Frederica joined the staff of the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC) a New York based non-profit organization working to promote the health and rights of women and girls.

Frederica managed IWHC’s grants portfolio for Cameroun supporting a number of remarkable grassroots organizations working on women’s and adolescent reproductive and sexual health and rights. She speaks French, Haitian Creole and some Spanish.
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