The PEARLS team is comprised of professionals bringing decades of experience and expertise to the organization.
Rachel founded PEARLS in Haiti in the fall of 2017 after spending over twenty years learning, experiencing, traveling, serving and building relationships as a staff and board member for nonprofits working in Haiti. She is a fundraiser, writer, teacher, speaker and short-term team leader.
In addition to Haiti, Rachel is passionate about her family and dedicates most of her time to them. She and her husband John have an adult son and two young daughters, Madeline and Emma. Emma was adopted from Haiti in 2010. They love to spend weekends camping with their dogs.
Rachel is involved with her church, New Life Church Whitehall, and volunteers for a dog rescue group and at a local Christian outreach for the economically disadvantaged.
Sainfait Exius, the owner and director of The Village School of the Future, is passionate about education and community development. Born in Madame Beauge, a neighborhood of Bonnette, he opened the school in response to the desperate need for education in his community. Sainfait’s goal was and continues to be to provide a quality education to every child no matter their family’s ability to pay.
In addition to the school, Sainfait owns a tap-tap business which is used as an ambulance in Bonnette and has helped save many lives in the community. His tap-tap is available to bus children who require transportation to school as well. Sainfait also farms shallots. Shallots are regularly used in Haitian cuisine and are a crop suited for that area. He is teaching others how they can farm shallots to better provide for their families.
Sainfait and his wife, Rosemarie, have three daughters and one son. They live in Bonnette.
Kim was introduced to the beautiful country of Haiti in 1995 when she began working stateside for a Christian health development agency. Kim spent the next 15 years providing financial and administrative support to this ministry. Kim and her husband, Jonathan, enjoy spending time with their three children and are active in various ministries at Grace Polaris Church, including AWANA, where Johnathan serves as the Community and Connections Pastor. Kim is excited to use her skills and experience for PEARLS in Haiti.
Haiti Program Director
Robenson brings extensive humanitarian, public relations and ministry experience to PEARLS in Haiti. He is fluent in Creole, French, English and Spanish.
As a father of five, Robenson knows how critical it is for children to have the opportunity for a quality education. Illiteracy rates are staggering in Haiti and his heart breaks for families who can not afford to educate their children. Robenson is thankful for the opportunity to help transform lives through PEARLS’ initiatives, especially academically. As of March 2020, Robenson became the first and only paid staff member at PEARLS in Haiti.
When he isn’t busy traveling around Port-au-Prince directing his seven gospel choirs, Robenson attends church at MEBSH Radio Lumiere.