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Haitian Women’s Collective -
Telling Our Narrative


To support the self-identified needs of the Haitian people with respect, integrity, consciousness and transparency.


To use our shared expertise and power to advance health, education, civic engagement, leadership and opportunities for diverse communities in Haiti.

We achieve our mission by investing in and strengthening, the capacity of women-led organizations and movements to advance meaningful and lasting social, cultural and economic change.

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The Collective

The members of the Haitian Women’s Collective launched their “Combat Kont COVID” programming in late March with the support of the MADRE foundation. These well established and respected, women-led organizations, based across Haiti are providing training, for leaders and education for communities, that is culturally and language appropriate with a focus on children, youth, women, midwives, and the general population. Various approaches include radio programs, flyers, public service announcements, community-based outreach, and education, as well as women making masks.

Individual Member organizations will continue their work as long as possible. Donations can be made directly on their respective websites.

Click on the HWC Collective members below to learn more about their work.

Founder of Haitian Women's Collective (HWC)

Dayanne Danier

Founder, Fleur de Vie

Founder, Heal Haiti

FireStarter + CEO, Community2Community (C2C)

Co-founder, Vice President, - Promoting Health in Haiti (PHH)
Founder, Strategic Solutions Consulting

Executive Director, Organisation Pour Le Developmental Integral Du Dondon (ODID)

Founder, Executive Director, Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc. (FAHM)

Executive Director of the Haiti Diaspora Resource Group
CEO for Ferrari and Associates International, LLC

Created in 2017,

the Haitian Women’s Collective brings together Haitian women lead organizations based in Haiti. Our collaboration consists of direct service providing organizations with legal status in Haiti (many are also 501c3 in the US) who are accountable to specific constituents based in various departments throughout the country (North, South, East, West-Port Au Prince). Therefore, our organizations are across the Country. As a collective, we seek to write our own narrative and build on our expertise related to health, education, sexual and reproductive health, girls’ empowerment, leadership and community development, business development and civic engagement. We base these areas of interest with the understanding that they all impact women and therefore communities.

The “Writing Our Narrative” Conference

Due to COVID, please note our conference will be moved to 2022 - date pending

The “Writing Our Narrative” Conference will be a day to learn and share; with a focus on best practices and capacity building. Scheduled to take place at LIU Brooklyn in Fall 2021, the Members of the Haitian Women’s Collective will lead all sessions and look forward to the attendance of our various stakeholders.

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Alexis Ohanian

IBM Fellow

Ryan Leslie

IBM Fellow

Clarissa Shen

IBM Fellow

Rona Faris

IBM Fellow

Comille Francisco

IBM Fellow

Reggie Brodford

IBM Fellow

Nir Eyol

IBM Fellow

Diana Biggs

IBM Fellow

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Carine Jocelyn

Founder of Haitian Women's Collective (HWC)

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Carine Jocelyn is a non-profit executive and leader with more than 25 years of experience working in human services as an accomplished administrator, trainer, and program officer. She has an extensive background working with diverse populations, having served as an advisor, executive coach, and consultant to various health, education, youth, and social service agencies. Areas of expertise include non-profit management, program implementation, /budget development, training, fundraising, quality assurance, and board development.

Dayanne Danier

Founder of Fleur de Vie

Dayanne Danier is the fashion designer behind the women’s contemporary ready to wear brand called Bien Abyé (means Well Dressed). The collection is a combination of French style with a Creole influence. The brand stems from Danier’s Creole roots, and expresses the importance of looking stunning while embracing all aspects of one’s lifestyle. The line has been exhibited in fashion shows in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Atlanta, Miami, and Haiti and has been distributed nationwide in boutiques in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, Santa Fe, Austin and Dallas. It is also available in the branded popups and online through the company website.

Gretha Fievre

Founder of Heal Haiti

Gretha Fievre is a Registered Nurse with over 40 years of clinical experience. Over the years, her personal and clinical understandings of health disparities have propelled her to identify population-level strategies and interventions for health advancement. Ms. Fievre’s career path is guided by her philosophy that interventions that positively impact health outcomes at a global level are most effective. This philosophy is strongly supported by her lifetime course of professional work and her academic accomplishments. Ms. Fievre holds a Master of Health Administration from Central Michigan University as well as a Master of Art in Nursing Education from the Pace University Lienhard School of Nursing.

MarieYolaine Toms

With her father’s legacy, MarieYolaine Toms resigned from American Express, after the January 2010 Haïti earthquake, to create Community2Community (C2C), a 501c3 non-profit, service organization. The Vision: creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community. The Goal: replicate the pilot project, offering Diaspora and those with a heart for Haïti an opportunity to be part of something greater than themselves working with partners, such as FAHM, ADIHA, HAC-Haïti, HWC, and MADRE. A sought after facilitator and a motivational speaker selected to kick-off the 2011 Princeton and Wall Street TEDx events, she is also a 2013 fellow of the New York City Leadership and 2016 Promise Driven Leader of the Masters Series of Distinguished Leaders programs. MarieYoliane credits her joie de vivre to Luke 1:37, her family, the people of Petit Goâve, and the C2C Team.

Marie Carmelle Bellefleur

Co-founder, Vice President of Promoting Health in Haiti (PHH)

Dr. Bellefleur graduated from Manhattan Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing in 1978. She received her B.S. in 1982, her M.S. in 1984 from Hunter Bellevue School of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical Surgical Nursing. She received her PhD from Adelphi University in 1996.

Dr. Bellefleur has been teaching nursing for over thirty years. She is currently Professor Emerita at Nassau Community College. Her previous faculty appointments include New York City Technical College and Adelphi University. Dr. Bellefleur has been an active member of Alpha Omega Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, The International Honor Society of Nursing.

Marie Marthe
St. Cyr

Founder of Strategic Solutions Consulting

A Social Worker by profession, Marie Saint Cyrs, holds a B.A. in International Relations and a Master’s degree in Social Work, with certifications in Middle and Executive level management and nonprofit management from Columbia University. Her nonprofit experience in leadership positions spans over two decades. As the Founding Executive Director of Iris House, she oversaw the construction of the five-story center with full responsibility for planning, fundraising, and service implementation. She led the agency to establish 66 units of scattered-site housing for people living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. She lends her experience to support over five boards engaging in national and international work. As a consultant, she provides organizational development and fundraising support services to Valme Ministries in NY and Haiti, Mereki Strategies in California, Yam Community Resource in Long Island, Saved the Children in Haiti, NY Women Foundation among others.

Yanick Eveillard

President of Organization for Dondon’s Integral Development (ODID)

Mrs. Eveillard, MPH is a Health Program Administrator for the New York State Department of Health for more than 15 years. She is better known for her community work on behalf of Haitians. In 2003, she founded the National Haitian American Health Alliance (NHAHA) for 10 years, convening high caliber conferences annually on Haitian health in New York, Washington, Florida and Haiti post-earthquake in 2010 and 2011. The visit to her hometown in 2013 inspired her to create the “Organization for Dondon’s Integral Development” (ODID), focusing on the social and economic development of Dondon. Her unique approach of combining local resources with Diaspora integration has been hailed as a promising model of community improvement framework. Mrs. Eveillard has a keen understanding of systems in the US and in Haiti. 

Martine Jean-Baptiste

Founder, Executive Director, Foundation For Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc. (FAHM)

Martine Jean-Baptiste, CNM, MS, BSN has been involved in women’s health since 1986 after graduating with her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has worked with women and their families throughout the lifecycle in a variety of settings. Ms. Jean-Baptiste subsequently graduated from State University of New York, Downstate with a Master of Science (MS) in midwifery in 2000. As a licensed midwife, she worked at an inner city hospital as well as a free-standing birth center. In June 2002, Ms. Jean-Baptiste co-founded and ran a very successful home birth practice, JJB Midwifery, serving the five boroughs of New York City and offering full scope midwifery care including preconception counseling, well woman gynecology, contraception and home birth. In 2013, Ms. Jean-Baptiste spearheaded the founding of a nonprofit organization, Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc. (FAHM). She is a founding board member and currently serves as the Executive Director.In the summer of 2019, after 17 amazing years of offering home birth services and well woman gynecological care in New York City, JJB Midwifery closed their practice allowing her to delve full-time into the role of Executive Director of FAHM. Ms. Jean-Baptiste strongly believes in women’s innate ability to care for themselves and their families. She believes in supporting women’s right to safe, supportive, and informed healthcare throughout the lifecycle. Her dream is to help promote the midwifery model of care and increase access to midwifery care in Haiti and the USA.

Marie-Jose L. Montrose

Executive Director of the Haiti Diaspora Resource Group

Marie-Jose L. Montrose is the Executive Director of the Haiti Diaspora Resource Group, an offspring of the Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group. She brings a unique combination of cross functional skills including project management, marketing and public relations, community and government affairs, training and development. She has over ten years experience in Diaspora work.

Mona Lisa Ferrari

CEO for Ferrari and Associates International, LLC.

Dr. Monalisa Ferrari is the CEO for Ferrari and Associates International, LLC. She is currently employed by the New York City Department of Education and has worked in a variety of positions such as Professional Development Coordinator, Dean, Middle School Director, Lead Teacher, and Mentor among others. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration. She has served as President of the Haitian Educators League for Progress from 2010-2013 Inc., a not-for-profit community-based organization serving Haitian educators in New York City and Haiti since the earthquake 2010. As a community organizer and activist, she has collaborated with other organizations on a wide selection of issues surrounding human rights. She is the Host of a 34-year-old weekly radio program on 91.5 FM WNYE NY, now on Radyo Pa Nou Perspectives Haitiennes the voice of the Society for Haitian Research where she serves as President and Mentor.

Call to Action

The Haitian Women’s Collective has launched additional programming to enhance various projects of our member organizations, as well as support (primarily) Haitian women led organizations in response to the catastrophic effects of the earthquake. Using a human rights framework and a foundation of respect, participation and transparency, we will provide direct cash funding and in-kind support to locally established, grassroots organizations.

Visit Madre.org to make a donation