Celebrate Her: Jennifer Rayno and the Women of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital

Jennifer Rayno, NPH USA staff member; St. Damien staff with Beyoncé during her visit to the hospital; and Sheendy Lilite, St. Damien pediatrician

On behalf of the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund and NPH we are proud to recognize our one and only Jennifer Rayno!

18 years ago – Jennifer Rayno started working for the NPH family through Our Little Brothers and Sisters and then became the first official employee of the newly unified Friends of the Orphans, now NPH USA. During her time with Friends of the Orphans, Jennifer managed the operations for the newly formed organization before turning her full-time attention on fundraising for the mission.

In 2009, Jennifer began working with Father Rick Frechette, CP, D.O., and established the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund to provide financial support for the hospital. Since the inception of the Fund, Jennifer has raised nearly $30 million for children whose lives are saved at St. Damien, which employs more than 500 Haitians and is the only hospital wholly dedicated to pediatric and prenatal care in Haiti, a country of 11.5 million people.

Jennifer has achieved many “firsts” in her NPH career. First employee for what is now NPH USA, first regional director of the Mid-Atlantic/Northeast office, and first to begin and lead the St. Damien Pediatric Hospital Fund. Jennifer is a consummate professional with a huge heart. She has taken many people to Haiti and St. Damien to see the amazing work being done including doctors, donors, and even Beyoncé.

Perhaps Jennifer’s words sum up her commitment best, “The mission/staff of NPH and specifically the team at St. Damien Pediatric Hospital inspire me daily. Their steadfast commitment and resilience to serve the least of those in the face of constant challenges that increasingly threaten their own existence is beyond compare and incomprehensible to most. I am humbled and grateful to be part of such an inspiring team that together saves the lives of children each day!” Jennifer’s compassion and love goes above and beyond for the children and we are so fortunate to have Jennifer as a member of the NPH family.

Make a tribute gift in honor of Jennifer Rayno’s dedication to NPH and NPH St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in support of NPH USA’s Celebrate Her campaign, to commemorate International Women’s Day, highlighting the critical need for, and benefit of, women’s empowerment and equity. With 428 female staff, St. Damien Pediatric Hospital is a living example of empowering women.

NPH is a conscious participant in the ongoing global effort to educate, support, and empower women and girls to realize their fullest potential. Through our St. Damien Pediatric Hospital in Haiti, our safe homes, schools, clinics, and programs, we not only lift thousands of girls out of poverty and despair each year, but these empowered women then go on to benefit the social, political, and economic stability of the communities where they live.

Make a gift in honor of Jennifer Rayno and the women of St. Damien Pediatric Hospital.