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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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




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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.

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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.

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Our latest adventures in Haiti

The Push is On…Now We NEED You!!

Our inaugural event was a success!  We enjoyed an evening of fellowship with friends and former colleagues of Dr Peter Whitehead.  We shared our long range vision and made our plea for assistance.  We shared a bit of our history and that of our new Partners, Grace Ministries of Ile a Vache as well as The Western New York Impact Foundation.  One of the most moving portions of the evening was the showing of a very poignant video produced by our friends at The WNY Impact Foundation. (Take a moment to view it for yourself right here…advanced warning, tissues may be necessary.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27DoaG39R8E&app=desktop)

What is even more remarkable is what I am now at liberty to share with our followers…and I hope our donors.  To date, The WNY Impact Foundation has raised a total of $130,000 towards the completion of this Project…and they never even  knew Dr Whitehead!  They heard our story, bought into our dream and agreed to honor his memory in this way, because they too have dreamed of a permanent clinic in this deserving community.  This is remarkable and with the $10,000+ we had in our Building Fund, previously raised towards this goal, we have nearly $150,000 ready to go!  That is more than enough to begin the building process but unfortunately not even half of what will be needed to complete the Project.  The Push is On!  We hope our message resonated with our friends and colleagues in attendance, and now with those reading this post.  We NEED you ALL!!  Please help us keep up the momentum as we push towards our finish line.

We are committed and the people of Ile a Vache are deserving.  We will not rest until our goal is achieved.  Please dig deep and help us make this a reality!

With much Love and Appreciation,

Adam

Our Goal In Sight

We have the Land:
We have the Plans:
We have the Approval from Community Leaders:

All that is left are the funds to complete the Project, and we and our partners from the Western NY Impact Foundation are making progress on that front. However, the need is great and we require the help of all of our followers to make this Clinic a reality.  We have over 500 friends on Facebook – I encourage you all to visit the Donate Section of our site and dig as deep as you can. As always, any donation is greatly appreciated, and we can never thank you enough for your generosity, but just imagine if everyone could muster a one-time $500 donation. I know it’s a big ASK, but it amounts to less than $1.50 per day…less than a daily cup of coffee at Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or even the corner market.  It would be enough to finish the clinic, and then the deserving people of this island will finally have a clinic they can rely upon to provide sustainable medical services…medications, basic illness management, prenatal care, safe births, minor surgeries, dental care, eye care and more. This has been our Goal from the start and now it is indeed in sight. Please help us make it a reality.  Please help us honor the memory of a good man and a selfless servant as we will dedicate this clinic in the name of  Dr. Peter Y. Whitehead.

Much love and gratitude to you all,

Adam

We Are At It Again!

That’s right, we are already planning our return to Ile a Vache and have assembled a team of 9 dedicated individuals to help deliver needed healthcare services – once again a core group of team members will be traveling: Kitty, Carey, Chelsea, Melila, Jil & Rusty along with another 2 new members.  I am excited to report I will not be the only pediatrician for this trip – welcome aboard Dr Kelly Henchel!! I will be happy to share some of my senior citizen patients with you. We also welcome a great friend of mine from my days in the Navy – Beaufort South Carolina’s City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem, Mike McFee.  Mike has experience on previous mission trips but this will be his first to Haiti and with a medical team…I feel a new pharmacist in the making!!

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Epilogue 2017 (1st Edition)

Disclaimer: This post is for Sunday, March 12. Sorry for the delay but the rigors of international travel from a 3rd world country as well as our late arrival home, made it impossible to post last night

So, last night was indeed beautiful and refreshing from the roof at St Joseph’s and some of us lingered late, not wishing to turn the lights out on our experience. However, heavy lids prevailed! It was a great night for sleep, and I even slept under the sheets for the first time on this trip.

As expected though, 5AM came way too quickly! For some, quicker than others, as the whole Daylight Savings Time issue wreaked havoc on personal electronic devices. Anyway, all were up and ready for breakfast by 5:30 – scrambled egg casserole, toast, coffee and fresh fruit…a great send-off!! Read More

The Toughest Day of All

(Disclaimer-this post is from Saturday March 11…late due to a poor connection in Port au Prince. My apologies!)

Last night was actually the coolest and sleep seemed easier than before. Unfortunately we had to awake to the least favorite ritual – bringing down bed nets and final packing for the return journey. Our time on this island paradise had come to an end and we had to bid farewell until next time.

As we waited for the truck to make a return it was very hot and Kiki created a very unique way to avoid the burning sun. I was not surprised to see my dance buddy from the beach, Chadly, waiting for me at the bottom of the steps. He really is a charmer…so I left a bit of Smith Mountain Lake, VA on Ile a Vache this time! Read More

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