A network of caring individuals supporting the people of Haiti through medical care and treatment

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Funding Sustainable Care

Project Starfish Haiti is working to establish a permanent clinic in underserved, rural villages, provision clinic pharmacies with locally purchased supplies, and subsidize travel expenses for volunteers.


Healing & Comforting

We seek to improve the overall health and well-being of people in Haiti by treating each patient with dignity, respect, and the best possible care we can provide.


Raising Awareness

Haiti is a nation with extreme poverty and severely limited resources, making our help essential to meeting the substantial healthcare needs of its people.

The Project

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Three Ways To Give

Your support will help us fund more regular trips to Haiti, purchase pharmaceuticals, and potentially establish a permanent clinic.


Donate Now

Make a difference in the lives of Haitians by making a one-time, tax-deductible donation to Project Starfish Haiti.


Send a Check

If you would prefer to send a tax-deductible donation by check, please make it out to Project Starfish Haiti and mail to:

217 Hardwood Court
Hardy, Virginia 24101



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Project Starfish Haiti is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, and all donations are tax deductible. Financial statements are available upon written request from the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs.


Check out highlights from recent medical missions to Haiti

Meet the Team

Our dedicated volunteers

Adam Sarbin, M.D.

Adam Sarbin, M.D.

I am a pediatrician from Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia and I  began leading teams to Haiti following the devastating earthquake in 2010. In 2013, with the help of many, Project Starfish Haiti was established in the hopes of providing long-term, sustainable care to underserved areas. My love for the Haitian people, this team, and the work we do continues to grow with every trip!

Jenny Baldwin, R.N.

Jenny Baldwin, R.N.

A maternal/child nurse for 22 years, I joined Dr. Sarbin’s team on their first trip to Haiti in 2010. After falling in love with the indomitable spirit of the Haitian people, I joyously returned the following year! I am proud to be affiliated with Project Starfish Haiti and continue to support the organization’s ongoing commitment to serve.


Kitty Luth Sparhawk, M.D.

Kitty Luth Sparhawk, M.D.

I am a Family Practice Physician who has been working with international missions since 1984, providing medical and foster care to children and adults in the US and abroad. While providing outreach clinics with Angel Missions Haiti, I met Adam, Carey, and Jenny, and eventually Project Starfish Haiti was formed! I am excited at the growth of our team and the progress we are making helping Haitians develop sustainable, local healthcare.

Carey Cole, F.N.P.

Carey Cole, F.N.P.

A Family Nurse Practitioner, I joined the team on their 2012 trip to Haiti. I enjoyed working with the local Haitian people to bring medical treatment to those who are unable to access routine care, and I look forward to many future trips and watching the progress of Haiti as it grows into a beautiful country.

Kirsten Newcomb, R.N.

Kirsten Newcomb, R.N.

Currently a cardiac care nurse working in Charlottesville, Va, I first heard of Project Starfish Haiti through a great friend. All she had to tell me was there’s an incredible group of people doing wonderful work down in Haiti. I am so thrilled to call this group of medical professionals my family and look forward to many more adventures.

Lindsay Cole, aka

Lindsay Cole, aka "Smiley"

I joined the adventure in 2012. Being the youngest of our “comrades,” I get to be everyone’s assistant. Each year I am inspired by the great strength and ingenuity of the Haitian people. I adore my team and look forward to many more missions.

Chelsea LaBree, R.N.

Chelsea LaBree, R.N.

When I first heard about Project Starfish Haiti in 2013, I jumped at the opportunity to go. And haven’t missed a trip since! With each trip, I continue to fall more in love with this country and its people and I am so grateful to be a part of this amazing team.

Melila Hunter, R.N., B.S.N.

Melila Hunter, R.N., B.S.N.

I am a Certified Pediatric Registered Nurse and have 17 years of nursing experience. I was born and raised in Haiti and was 14 years old when my family relocated to the United States. I went back for the first time in 19 years on a 2010 mission trip and it changed my life. Now I can’t imagine a year going by without going on at least one mission trip back to the country I now call my home away from home! I love helping my people and it’s a joy to be doing so alongside such an amazing group.

Tom Sparhawk

Tom Sparhawk

As professor of sociology I have been studying issues of development and inequality for many years. Being a part of Project Starfish Haiti allows me to see these issues first hand and offer advice as well as assistance to the highly trained medical staff. I’m really trying to, in a small way, help the people of Haiti take a step toward not needing assistance from outside groups.

Peter Whitehead, M.D.

In Memoriam

photo95editPeter began traveling with Project Starfish Haiti in 2011.  He already had a passion for medical mission work, having made multiple trips to India previously. Sadly, we lost Peter on January 13, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer. We honor his memory and passion by continuing our work, and we hope to some day dedicate a permanent clinic in his name.

Interested in helping? Get in touch and see how you can join us.



Our latest adventures in Haiti

An Open Letter to Our Friends

A recent letter mailed to friends and colleagues of Peter…but just as meaningful to all friends and supporters of Project Starfish-Haiti:

Dear Friends & Colleagues of Peter,

I am writing this letter with the understanding that many organizations and causes are vying for your financial support, especially at this time before the end of the year. I am writing to you, not because our cause is any more worthy than the others you are hearing from, but rather, because of your connection to Peter Whitehead, and because the dream of creating a better way to deliver sustainable healthcare to the deserving people of Haiti was something he was passionate about and committed to, even in his waning days.

I am pleased to inform you that, together with our partners in western New York, we have raised nearly half the funds required to completely finish the Peter Y. Whitehead Memorial Clinic. Our building fund balances total nearly $225,000 as of this communication. The majority of these funds (nearly 90%) have come from our partners who never even knew Peter, but they heard of his passion and commitment to this cause and shared in our desire to dedicate a permanent clinic in his memory. I encourage you to recall Peter’s life and how he may have impacted your life. No donation is too small, but as you know, a project of this size will require substantial funding.

We expect ground to be broken on this project after the first of the year and will update all those interested via Facebook and our website. It is our wish to maintain momentum on this project with no substantial pauses in its completion.   We need your help to see Peter’s dream, a dream he shared with Project Starfish-Haiti, become a reality.

Please visit our website, www.projectstarfishhaiti.net, to see how easy it is to make your tax-deductible donation. If you have already done so, please accept our most sincere gratitude!

Best Regards and Happy Holidays,

Adam and all of us at Project Starfish-Haiti

Until Next Time Ayiti

We did enjoy a great meal and our time with Josi and his family last night but the children are young so I walked them up the road early so they could get home before too late.  When I returned, we gathered on the roof one last time and relaxed as the cool breeze picked up. We had some interesting conversation with members of another group working in Haiti…and then the rain began again.  It actually came down in near biblical fashion for nearly an hour, keeping some on the roof longer than planned.

For those who remember our very first trip after the quake, it was reminiscent of the flooding rainstorm in intensity, if not duration.  I know this allows residents to fill their water collection systems but only hope it does not cause dangerous mudslides and flooding.  I was relieved to know that Josi and his family arrived home safely before the storm began.  Read More

A Drenched Departure

Last night after our final delicious supper on the island, we made one last trip to the local watering hole, where we spent time with our friends and danced a little too, but soon the “Big Boss” gave us the high sign and we were on our way home.  But before we could rest, we had to finish the night with one last trip to the roof for our own private dance party.

It wasn’t long before the week’s work and heat caught up with us and we descended the ladder for the last time to turn in.  We awoke to another cloudy and cool morning, followed by a short rainfall…just enough though to prevent the truck from taking the luggage to the beach, so we all loaded up and did a bit of our own mudding…  Read More

Last Day on the Island

So I never did get my cool rain on the roof after clinic, but we had a delicious meal of pork, legume, and rice with black bean sauce.  After dinner we quickly alphabetized the records and MacGyver-ed a filing system…there’s nothing that can’t be done with a Leatherman tool, eh Russ?  Read More

Point Est – A New Adventure

Today’s clinic was held in a small fishing village at the northeast point of the island, which we reached by boat after driving to the port in Madame Bernard, which was an adventure in itself…we like to call it Mudding with Mario (our driver is Jil André, aka Mario).  You see it rained heavy last night requiring the skills of an accomplished driver to reach the port.  Read More


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