Phil 2:4 Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well.

Kindest Hearts Foundation

kindest_hearts_logoMany Haitians migrated to the town of O’ Rouck (Anse-a-Veau) Haiti after the earthquake destroyed their homes on January 12, 2010. After volunteering in Haiti immediately after the earthquake and in the town of O’Rouck (Anse-a-Veau) on three of six visits in 2010, Dr. Patricia Nicholas saw the medical need of the people first hand. There were long lines of 70-100 patients a day and the frustration of being unable to treat all of them during her short sporadic visits. During her 4th visit to the town of O’Rouck (Anse-a-Veau) in November 2010, she was able to bring healthcare to the people of the town by opening a temporary clinic. That clinic was staffed from November 15, 2010 to April 2012 and has seen hundreds of patients until she built a clinic in front of the Kindest Hearts Academie  on her own land. This has had a substantial impact on the community.

Our Mission

Our organization pursues the ideal that helping people is much more than binding a wound and giving a meal. We believe that teaching the Haitian people to help themselves and providing them with the tools to do so will help them become self-sufficient.

Our Vision

Our approach is to concentrate on one town at a time. Each town in Haiti should not be totally dependent upon one major city. Rebuilding the infrastructure, educating and providing local jobs based on the local resources will enable the people to gain the skill to improve their lives.

Our Board

Founder/President – Dr. Patricia Nicholas

Born in the late 1960’s in Haiti, Dr. Nicholas immigrated to the United States in 1982. She graduated from Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn, New York in 1984. She received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from St. Francis College in 1989 with minors in French and Philosophy. She further pursued a doctoral degree and graduated from the New York College of Podiatry Medicine in 1993 and completed her residency from Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. She met her husband of 26 years, Nigel, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, and they have 3 beautiful children.

She has a private practice in Wading River, New York. She is the President of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association. She also serves as an Elder at Grace and Truth Church in Coram, New York. She is Past President of the Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association.

Her heartstrings were tugged with the earthquake in Haiti. Busy with her private practice and family there was no reason to go. Most of her family had immigrated to the United States and Canada. Her love for a native country prevailed. She immediately sent emails out for donations to her professional colleagues. She left for Haiti a week later and went to the town of Leogane, one of the hardest hit areas.

After many continuous visits to different towns in Haiti, Dr. Nicholas noticed that  while in the town of O’Rouck that many families struggled with basic needs such as no running water, electricity, and even providing food for their children. The motivation to go back and help the people of Haiti change their lives was rooted.

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS                         HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS                                  

Judith Coriolan – Vice President                                                                                Dianna Ellsworth

Karlyn Ulysse – Treasurer                                                                                                 Bob Ellsworth

Miriam Garcia – Secretary                                                                                   Bernadette Hernandez

Reynald Andre                                                                                                                 James Laguerre

Keith Angerame, Esq.                                                                                              MaryEllen Lubinsky  

Dr. Bellamy Brook                                                                                                         Michael Lubinsky

Dr. Roy DeFrancis                                                                                                         Magalie Menardy

Matthew Feldman, Esq.                                                                                                     Adeline Mucci

Marie-Lucie Jean-Louis                                                                                          Myriam Paul-Nicolas

Pastor Jim Lupis

Pastor Joni Lupis

Len Thaler

Joel Felix, Rose Junie Noel, Thony Francois   – in Haiti

In January 2011, Kindest Hearts Foundation held its first Board Meeting. Thanks to the commitment and the dedication of the Board and volunteers much was accomplished. The foresight of requiring all Board Members to make a personal financial contribution to the organization ensures the integrity of our work. The Board of Kindest Hearts does not receive any compensation.

Children coming for medical treatments, most alone, some with parents raised our awareness of their plight. Children unable to go to school because of financial burden. Young adults roaming the streets because of lack of opportunities. Parents caught in a vicious cycle of lack of education, skill and resources. Our response was clear and quick. Adopt the town at all levels: medically, socially, educationally, athletically and spiritually.

Now she makes regular trips ( five to six times a year) to Haiti bringing volunteers, supplies and most importantly hope. She has adopted the town of O’Rouck (Anse-a-Veau) through her non-profit organization founded in December 2010 to better serve the people of Haiti.