WHO
WE ARE

The D2C team is an international group of dedicated professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Together, we endeavor to provide  vulnerable youth in Haiti with the education and skills for a brighter future

A GLOBAL TEAM.

D2C is based in Park City Utah but operates all its programs in Cayes Jacmel, Haiti. The organization employs six full-time Haitian staff members, including an In-Country Director and Assistant Director to manage the D2C Family Home as well as all of our programs, ensure cultural integration and participation with the community, and coordinate with the U.S. staff. D2C also supplements the salaries of local administrators, teachers and personnel involved in our community programs.

 

The organization’s seven member Board of Directors is completely women-run and consists of individuals with diverse professional backgrounds, including legal, financial and business expertise. D2C’s Founder and Executive Director oversees the entire organization and ensures adherence to its mission and vision with the assistance of a part-time Managing Director.

Learn more about our Family Home youth and international team below!

Family Home Kids

Since its founding in 2012, the D2C Foundation provides a long-term Family Home for vulnerable children identified by the community who were abandoned, orphaned or forced to work in domestic servitude (Restaveks).

 

Haitian children brought into the D2C Family Home will never be put up for adoption. Instead, they have been “adopted” into the D2C Family and will be brought up in a nurturing environment surrounded by their own community and culture. In addition to shelter, nutritious food, clothing, and psycho-social care, the children are provided with the best available education to help support their future.

 

It is our belief that offering a more natural environment for the children will allow them to maintain a place in their communities. By attending school with other Haitian children and engaging in safe, healthy interaction with other community members, the divide that is so often created when children are raised in a segregated orphanage setting will be lessened.

 

The success of our model is evident in the bonds that have been created between the children and caretakers in our Family Home. The children show signs of emotional and physical growth, and incredible strides towards stability.

 
 
SHEELOVE

Sheelove is a bright light from a grim past. Upon meeting her, she was living with her grandmother and two other people in a room that hardly had room for a bed and dresser. Her mother died from AIDS and she never met her father. Thankfully, her grandmother was around to watch her, but without an income or help from family, Sheelove succumbed to serious sickness that went unacknowledged. Sheelove had severe iron deficiency and parasitic illnesses, but her grandmother could not afford the medicines. When Sheelove became a part of the D2C family home she was said to be six-years-old, but her physical appearance and cognitive abilities were greatly impacted by years of malnutrition.

 

Today , Sheelove is a feisty and sweet character. She can out-eat anyone in the house, but she is also the first to share her last. She’s generous and incredibly funny. She is outspoken and very warm with anyone she meets. Her favorite subject is French and you can usually find her by the sound of her laughter. Usually the life of the party, our sensitive girl loves to dance and is a natural leader. 

ALYCHA

ALYCHA ‘s past has not been the ruling factor in her success today. In the past, she suffered cruel on-going physical abuse from the hands of her step father. Due to their poverty, Alycha’s mother decided to send her away to work as a restevak when she was very young. Her mother worked as hard as she could to protect her daughter but lost the battle and came to D2C in desperation. 

 

Alycha is an incredibly intelligent and inquisitive girl who loves to study History. She is the type of person to pull you aside and gently dig into who you are as a person. She’ll ask you questions about how you grew up, where you’re from, what makes you laugh the hardest-- and remember every word. She’s a gentle spirit who works to assure that everyone feels comfortable. Once you get to know her you’ll learn that her biggest dream is to travel the world, for now she does this through learning about the world of strangers.

DARWENDY

DARWENDY was abandoned by his mother several years ago when she left for the Dominican Republic. His father was unknown and Darwendy was left in the care of his grandfather. Darwendy would spend days neglected and isolated because his grandfather would leave him in the house alone while he worked in the fields. A Canadian man who came to Haiti doing charity work met Darwendy and supported him. However, when he returned to Canada he reached out to D2C and asked us to take him into our home.

 

Darwendy is compassionate and kind. He loves animals very much and is usually trying to bring new animals to the house. Between animals, he is also very kind with the staff, usually sitting with them as they complete their tasks. Darwendy’s favorite subject is literature. He is an excellent student!

REBECCA

Rebecca was brought to D2C with her younger sister, Gloria, by their grandmother who was no longer able to care for them. Her grandmother spent years desperately searching for a way to care for the children, and in the process, she left Rebecca to raise herself and her sister. Sometimes her grandmother would spend days out working in the fields and leave Rebecca alone with cooked rice to feed her and her infant sister. Rebecca had trouble walking because her knees were turned inward, and she had never received any medical attention prior to joining the D2C family. After seeing a specialist, Rebecca has been doing physical exercise and now walks normally.

Today, Rebecca is the shy artist we love. She’s usually somewhere on her own or with her sister, watching things unfold around her. Rebecca is the most likely to unroll a yoga mat and finish an intense flow with the Director, and also the most likely to try to climb a tree in search of mangos. If she’s not drawing on her own, then she’s with the kids playing twister.

GLORIA

Gloria arrived with her older sister, Rebecca, after their grandmother could no longer care for them. After regularly leaving Gloria in the care of her sister who is only a year older, as an infant, Gloria knew she could always depend on her sister. Although she is the younger sibling, she is more extroverted than her older sister and more likely to defend them both.

 

Presently, Gloria is a kind comedian who is always drawing people into her theatrical world. She guides the home by being the friend everyone needs. According to Gloria, her favorite “subject” is recess and she has just started singing in her church. Although Gloria is the youngest singer in the choir by a landslide, her confidence grants her age beyond her years.

FEDNEL 

FEDNEL lived with his aunt, uncle, and six cousins after his parents died at a young age. His aunt approached D2C in hopes of finding opportunities for Fednel. She was desperate because her family was having extreme difficulty supporting him and each other. Fednel and his cousins were attending school, but they were removed from classes when they were unable to pay the $25 annual fee required to pass on to the next grade. Fortunately, D2C covered the cost of Fednel’s exams and supported his cousins, so they could all complete their exams and move forward with their schooling.

 

Fednel is now the oldest boy in the house and acts as such. He is the example, leading the house with the best grades and a logical mind. He is currently starting a Stand Up Paddle boarding business and has plans to be a businessman as an adult. He loves math and finds pleasure in problem solving.

DARWEN

DARWEN lost his mother during childbirth and when his grandmother started caring for him, she was told to let him die because others assumed he wouldn’t survive. Thankfully, his grandmother fought hard to keep him and she raised him on her own. As she grew older, it became more difficult for her to care for him physically and financially she couldn’t support the both of them with such little resources. She reached out to D2C for support and today, she continues to visit him often. However, she is happy for the opportunities he has because of D2C.

 

Darwen is the most likely to make you laugh. He’s loud and loves to play soccer and get people out of their shell. Between telling stories, he finds quiet time seeking justice. He is the spokesperson for the house, often mediating arguments between siblings. And of course, as a result, he wants to be a lawyer when he grows up.

LONI

LONI is the newest member of our D2C family. She was placed in the D2C Family Home by Haitian social services at the end of 2018. She is a strong, capable and lovely girl who is ready to take on the world. Loni was reportedly abandoned by her father at a home near Port Au Prince where she was overworked and beaten regularly. At the age of 8, Loni decided to leave the abusive situation and she hitched a ride over two mountain ranges to come to Jacmel in search of her father. After three nights sleeping in the streets she was reported by a concerned person and then brought to the D2C Family Home.

Haiti Team

In order to achieve its mission of providing educational opportunities for vulnerable children, D2C depends heavily on a small but dedicated staff in Haiti to oversee all its programs, ensure our Family Home kids are well cared for, and develop critical community partnerships.

 
Madam Evelyne Denasty
In-Country Director

Evelyne Dynasty joined the D2C team in November 2018 as a Family Home manager and took on the full-time position of In-Country Director in May 2019. Evelyne was born in Haiti and is a professionally trained financial manager and loving mother to her own two children who reside in the capital city Port au Prince. Evelyne has brought an unmatched nurturing attitude to her role and works tirelessly to ensure our Family Home children are well-supported and cared for. In addition, she oversee's all our community-based programs and endeavors to make education and vocational training possible for many economically disadvantaged children living in the community.   

Claude Plaumite
Assistant In-Country Director

Claude is the Assistant Director for D2C in Haiti. Claude began working for D2C in 2014 as a security guard and has worked his way up into a management position. Throughout his time with D2C he has demonstrated unwavering dedication to his work by supporting the Family Home children's development, teaching himself English, and managing in-country finances. Claude spearheaded the D2C After School Tutoring Program and currently oversees all of our community projects.

Madam Nicole Elie
Family Home Manager

Madam Nicole has worked for D2C since its inception in 2012. She began as a nanny and housekeeper at the Family Home and has cared for the children's well-being and development since their arrival. Her role has grown in that time and in collaboration with our Directors, she manages all aspects of the Family Home.

Additional Family Home Staff
Madam Gertrude Constant
Assistant Nanny, Chef
Vladimir Cazeau
Security
Pierre Heckson
Security

U.S. Team

D2C’s Founder and Executive Director oversees the strategic planning of D2C and ensures adherence to its mission and vision with the assistance of a Managing Director who leads all organizational operations.

 
Kristin O'Connell
Founder & Executive Director

  In 2012 Kristin founded Devoted to Children (D2C), a non-profit organization with a focus on supporting the needs of the most vulnerable children in Cayes Jacmel, Haiti and providing them with educational opportunities for a better future.

Brooke Blanchard
Managing Director

Brooke brings over 10 years of diverse experience with community-based, state and international organizations. Her work has primarily focused on grave human rights violations against children, global advocacy, livelihoods and education. Brooke possesses a strong foundation of knowledge and expertise in NGO management, program development, advocacy, and fundraising. She provides D2C with strategic direction, programmatic growth and internal administrative oversight.

Board of Directors

D2C’s Board of Directors brings diverse professional backgrounds, including legal, financial and business expertise, to  ensure that the organization serves its mission and operates in the best interests of its beneficiaries.

 
Kristin O'Connell 
Chairman
Amy Hart
Christina Hays

Kristie Buehner

Vice-Chair

Patty Darwin
Samantha Pollock
Jennifer Marshall
Christy Morrison

Devoted to Children is a U.S. registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. D2C is not affiliated with any religious organization.

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