Mercy Focus on Haiti

Haiti and GMercyU United in Spirit and Story
Mercy Focus on Haiti is a ministry of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Its members are led to service and solidarity with people who are materially poor, especially those living in Haiti. They partner with the Haitian people to meet their unmet needs and we collaborate with like-minded organizations.

Since 2018, the GMercyU community has embraced the efforts of this ministry by seeking opportunities to support on-ground efforts through service, scholarship, education, and fundraising.

To learn more about Haiti, visit our Library Guide.


GMercyU first engaged with Mercy Focus on Haiti (MFOH) in 2018 when a team of faculty, staff, and student delegates visited Gros Morne, Haiti to learn about the various programs offered by MFOH. With an initial hope to engage with our Haitian partners through travel to Gros Morne, political unrest in Haiti and the global pandemic challenged us to explore creative ways to collaborate with our international partners from home. 

Here are a few examples of the innovative community engaged learning projects that have taken place through the past several years.


Social Work, Occupational Therapy, and Public Health faculty members at GMercyU partnered with Mercy Focus on Haiti in 2021 to conduct a secondary data analysis of the Chemin Lavi Miyo (CLM) program, also known as Pathway to a Better Life. The research project seeks to understand the factors that contribute to sustained outcomes for CLM graduates in the two years following graduation from the program. Anticipated results are expected in Spring 2022 and the team looks forward to engaging GMercyU students with our partners at CLM in responding to the findings of the study.

Chemin Lavi Miyò Leads a Woman Out of Ultra-Poverty


Seminar class information to come.


Water Harvesting
Thursday, September 22, 5:00pm
Connelly classroom (in-person) and via this Zoom link
In Gros Morne, food insecurity is worse than ever, partly because drought conditions persist and existing wells are drying up. Mercy Focus on Haitti provides training and funding for a rainwater harvesting program in the region. Learn more about this project to help support and spread awareness of it!


Summer 2022
The Gwynedd Mercy University community is thrilled to present a $3600 donation to benefit the Lekól Jesi-Mari (Jesus & Mary Primary School). This spring, our community held a fundraising campaign that engaged students, staff, faculty who were humbled to learn about the efforts and community work provided by the school.


GMercyU Mercy Focus on Haiti Team

  • Cindy Casey, Program Director and Assistant Professor of Practice, Computer Information Science
  • Tatiana Diaz, Assistant Vice President of DEI
  • James Gallo, Vice President for Mission Integration
  • Mindy MacRone-Wojton, Assistant Professor, Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy
  • Thomas Mernar, Associate Professor and Director, Occupational Therapy
  • Janice Nuss, Assistant Professor & Director of Field Education, Social Work
  • Mary Jo Pierantozzi, Assistant Professor, Education
  • Betsy Stone Plummer, Assistant Director of Campus Ministry for Community Service
  • Jill Winnington, Assistant Dean and Business Program Director
  • Sharla Willis, Program Director, Public Health