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No matter the title you give him, Kesnel ‘Paul’ Toussaint is the HEART of all of our projects in Haiti. Call him our Haitian Project Director, Co-Founder, Project Operations Manager…he is all of these things and much, much more.
Raised in Haiti all his life, Paul has a deep love for his country. Growing up, there was always an emphasis on serving others & he and his siblings have carried on that gift to adulthood. Paul has been pumping life into his community through our feeding program, through schools, through our home-style orphanage and others, through various community programs designed to help the Haitian people thrive. He has been the blood coursing through all of us…keeping us full of life and purpose.
I first met Paul on a trip with Soles4Souls in 2012. He was our translator/guide and from very early on you could tell he had a commanding presence. He was well respected and he had a way of making people listen to him. Paul has a gift. It is one of love and passion for his people. His positive aura is infectious. We kept in touch after I returned home; discussing Haiti, his dreams for his community and how I could help. I was not 100% sure where this journey would be taking me but I was certain Paul was the man to partner up with in Haiti.