Hello all! My name is Grayson Lusk-Hussong and I am recent high school graduate of St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, Tennessee. In March of 2017, having paid my rooming deposit, I was on track to go to college come August but by April I was no longer on that track.

Instead I am spending at least the first three months of this gap year at St. Vincent’s Center for Handicapped Children – a place where I felt drawn to put all of my energy. St. Vincent’s is the primary organization in Haiti that provides “academic, clinical, and residential services for blind, deaf, and physically disabled” Haitian residents. Their mission is “to provide children with disabilities in Haiti special opportunities, support and resources to learn, grow and reach their full potential in their young life’s journey toward adulthood.”

I am working at the school and living in the dorms with the year-round residents whose ages span the entire spectrum. The school and dorms are located on a little over 3 acres of land outside of the city proper. St. Vincent’s operates a clinic and brace shop for the Port-au-Prince community that is downtown.

My goal in writing this blog is to chronicle my time here while also helping spread the word about the help St. Vincent’s has continued to provide to the Haitian people since its founding in 1945.