Yasmine Cajuste

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Education Coordinator – Haiti

A native Haitian, Yasmine was one of the members of the core team mandated by the International Vincentian Family Leaders to conceive and initiate Zafèn in 2009 as the International Vincentian Family Project for the 350th Anniversary of the Deaths of St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. Since then, she has participated in the Board that helps coordinate the Vincentian efforts to alleviate poverty in Haiti.

A member of the Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) since 1995, Yasmine became a full-time volunteer and worked in the Association’s headquarters in Madrid, Spain for eight years, putting her trilingual skills at the service of VMY. She became the International President of this Branch of the Vincentian Family in 2005. In 2010, she was reelected for a second five-year term. In this position, she participates in various international events, visits VMY groups in several countries and continents and helps coordinate many Vincentian formation projects.

Yasmine is currently a member of the Vincentian Family Collaboration Commission, a team that coordinates a unique training experience designed by and for the Vincentian Family to learn together what strategies can be used to collaborate in the Vincentian struggle against poverty.

With seven years of teaching experience and a bachelor degree in Education from Quisqueya University (Haiti), Yasmine has recently completed her master’s in Educational Leadership at DePaul University (Chicago, USA), one of Zafèn’s partners.

Since she left Haiti in 2003, Yasmine has always wanted to go back home and put her talents at the service of her country. After completing her studies in the U.S., she joined the VFHI Team as the Education Coordinator. She will implement and coordinate a two-pronged project that 1) provides a daily hot meal in some schools of Port-au-Prince and the Central Plateau and; 2) helps raise the level of education through teacher-training.  She strongly believes that education is the perfect venture to have a long-term impact on Haiti’s present and future.