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

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

Return to Bwa Bouton

Last night was really a repeat of most every other night…fans, heat, sweat, interrupted sleep, wildlife noises…this is Haiti, Project Starfish style and we would really have it no othe way!

This morning, delicious Haitian oatmeal for one last time. This being our last clinic day, everyone was a bit sluggish this morning, but after coffee and a brief team meeting with “Madamn Big Boss”, we were ready to get started.  Read More

Time for a Change of Scenery

Last night the generator ran constantly so the fans ran too and, at least on our side of the house, NO roosters. Michael had to be ecstatic! Despite the continual running of the fans, I still awoke drenched in sweat…must have been extra humid last night.

This morning our sweet cooks, Adelene and Gesliene made one of my favorite breakfasts…spaghetti!! Sorry Rusty, but it just keeps getting better every time. Unfortunately, our team suffered a little temporary attrition this morning but luckily we are a medical team and we have meds for that…a dose of Zofran, Cipro and rest seems to have resolved the issue and we hope to be at full strength again in the morning. Read More

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