Born and raised in Haiti, Miquette Denie McMahon '06 started a nonprofit called TeacHaiti to give children there access to education.
Denie McMahon is no stranger to hard work. She grew up in Haiti, where education is expensive and not a priority. So when she came to the United States as an exchange student, she had a lot to catch up on.
Denie McMahon graduated from high school, something nobody else in her family had done, and was accepted to Concordia. She wanted to be a nurse, and the program was tough, but the rare opportunity for an education was her motivation to succeed.
After graduation, Denie McMahon started to think about the importance of education. Children are the future and ought to be given the opportunity to learn.
TeacHaiti came out of her desire to pass along the gift of education to the children in Haiti. It started as a sponsorship program to send a student to school for a year but, after the devastating earthquake in 2010, TeacHaiti also built their own school called the School of Hope in Port-au-Prince.
Today, just two years later, 100 students are enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade at TeacHaiti School of Hope, and 140 more are sponsored at other schools around the country.
Denie McMahon’s goal is to add one grade each year until the School of Hope becomes complete a K-12 school.