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Love of Haiti Inspires 30 Years of Service

Love of Haiti Inspires 30 Years of Service

JoAnne Kuehner H’01 is the founder of Hope for Haiti, an international charity that provides assistance to Haitians, particularly the children, in the areas of education, nutrition and health care. She is a Dame of the Order of Malta, one of the oldest Catholic lay orders, whose mission is to care for the poor and sick of the world.

Kuehner wrote about her experiences during her 30 years of service to “the poorest of the poor” in her book Oh, for the Love of Haiti. She read excerpts from her book at a “Meet the Author and Book Signing” reception hosted by the Panuska College of Professional Studies in October.

“There was a little boy who caught my eye. He reminded me very much of my son, Paul, when he was an infant. This little one was strapped to his crib with an IV in one arm, and he was crying his heart out. Unfortunately, his body was so dehydrated, he couldn’t shed a single tear. I went to unstrap him to pick him up, but the nurse waved me away. She was afraid that I would dislodge the needle,” Kuehner wrote of her first impressions of Haiti as a volunteer at the general hospital in Port-Au-Prince.

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