Nancy R. Sobel, Psy.D.

Helping Haiti

I have had the privelidge of working in Haiti since the January 12, 2010 earthquake.  If you would like to know more about my initial experience there, please go to the following link where there is a letter describing my first trip from that January;

to learn more about our work helping disenfranchised youth, globally and building community resilience

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As a result of my work in Haiti, I started an organization called Global Adolescent Project (G.A.P.). The mission of Global Adolescent Project (G.A.P.) is to educate, encourage and empower disenfranchised youth, globally. It was launched after the 2010 earthquake that took the lives of more than 100,000 people and left more than half a million homeless.  I was working in one of the largest displaced persons camps where I came across a number of teens who had lost their parents in the disaster.  The camps were extremely dangerous and left the youth vulnerable to disease, starvation, sexual violence and trafficking.  Like so many parts of the developing world, I found that there were many services for younger children and for adults, but that adolescents were left to fend for themselves, falling in the “gap” of resources.
When asked, the youth told me that their greatest hope was to attend school.  As we have enrolled the kids in school, we found that we needed to expand our services to provide shelter, clothing, food, mental health support and job skills training. In other words, a path so that our kids will have a future.  Our vision is to have our current participants mentor the newer teens and we have started a peer counseling and education program.
Now that the kids are becoming more self sufficient, we have been able to turn our attention to my initial intent in going to Haiti; education and training in mental health. This year, we started G.A.P.-CREATE (Global Adolescent Project-Community for Recovery and Trauma Education), an initiative which emerged as a result of our community education efforts.  The mission is to support community resilience in Haiti through peer education and counseling in trauma and mental wellbeing.

Thank you for your interest in Global Adolescent Project.  Your support shows our teens that there are adults who care about them and their future and who support the hard work that they are doing.

 If you would like to contribute, go to and click the donate button to contribute monthly or once.  We are a 501C3 nonprofit and all donations are deductible according to U.S. tax code.  

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