Operation Hope for children of Haiti

Success through Teamwork, Partnership and Faith A Commitment Above Self



The President appoints Operation Hope's Executive Team, including the General Director, the Project Directors, the Chief of Staff, the Public and International Relations Representatives, the Senior Vice Presidents of finance and the Administrative Counsel based in Haiti. The Executive Team oversees the Administrative Counsel, the Human Resources, the Program and Project Directors, and the Public and International Relations Representatives 

Operation Hope's Board of Directors as well as the Administrative Counsel based in Haiti, are a group of volunteering individuals serving without compensation. In some instances, members of the Counsel if working on a full time or part time basis may work at a minimum based salary. The Board of Directors/Administrative Counsel is the organization's governing body. They are elected by the members at our regular annual meeting for a one year renewable term. Each member may be reelected annually.

The Board Members and the Administrative Counsel have the primary responsibility of attaining a basic understanding and set off actions in support of Operation Hope's mission and objectives. This includes creating, advertising, assisting in increasing Operation Hope's outreach efforts and boosting its visibility and donor support. The Board of Directors confers with Operation Hope's president and appoints the Administrative Counsel who also has a one year renewable mandate and may be reelected by the members through our regular annual meeting.

Dr. Eddy Delaleu, D.D. Founder/President

He is devoted to fighting for Haitian families and specially the most vulnerable and forgotten children and has been for about twenty years.  His management, determination, tactical planning and his beliefs in accomplishing one's goal, have helped the organization achieve its status today as one of the Non-Governmental Organizations working in Haiti.

Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Eddy's mother, Alourdes from Bainet in the South Department, made reluctantly the ultimate sacrifice that any mother could have made in realizing her inability to care for a child. He was given for adoption and as such, was given the opportunity for a better future to live a normal childhood in a successful, middle class family. He attended a Catholic middle school "Sacred Heart", graduated from high school "Lycée Alexandre Pétion" completing the Rhetoric and Philosophy requirements for graduation. 

In 1975 the young Eddy immigrated to the US with no hope to return to his country as he and many Haitians for fear of political backfire looked the other way.  There, he joined the military service for approximately six years in the US Armed Forces where he served in several states and also in Europe.  His quest to better himself gave him the determination to pursue his education even, when there was little or no time in his military schedule.  He graduated from Columbus College in Georgia with a MA in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology leading to a Doctorate Degree. There, he practiced Audiology and taught Foreign Languages.  He also attended and graduated from Auburn University in Alabama with a Master’s Degree in Foreign Language Studies leading to a PHD Degree.  He served as the Coordinator of Student Affairs (COSA) at Paul Robeson High School in New York City and also served as the Chairman of the Foreign Language Department at Jordan Vocational High School in Columbus, Georgia.  He later as a Theologian was awarded an honorary Doctorate Divinity Degree and was granted the title of Reverend as an ordained minister.

Dr. Delaleu is a self-made man with a true heart for the poor and a natural love for people, in general. His extensive background and general knowledge has made him the vanguard leader of Operation Hope. For more than two decades, he never ceased to weather all obstacles and various challenges that had long ago prevented him from helping the underprivileged children and families of Haiti as a young boy.


Nadia Delaleu, RN Neonatal Specialist Co-Founder/Vice President

Mrs. Delaleu is the Vice President of Operation Hope, and as early in 1994, understood clearly the need and the real mission of Operation Hope as seen in Dr. Delaleu’s eyes. She is also known as the key donor and supporter of all missions related to the operation of the organization since its inception in 1994. 

Her role here or abroad on the island nation is one that one cannot be describe. As the back bone of Operation Hope, Mrs. Delaleu despite her busy schedule at the Neonatal Units whether at St. Vincent Hospital or at the Methodist Hospital, she has embarked on several medical missions where she helped the medically underserved Haitian children and families.

Over the years, Mrs. Delaleu has advocated for the donations of tones of dried food, medications, medical supplies, clothing and educational materials and even more such as taking the full responsibility to maintain our Head Quarter in Haiti and the resident staff members. Her financial commitment and unconditional engagement to the people of Haiti is a testimony of her great love to this nation.

Ms. Jenny Delaleu, APRN, FNP-BC ANNCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

Ms. Jenny Delaleu is the Executive Secretary of Operation Hope, and has embarked on medical missions as a team leader to Operation Hope's headquarters to help serve the medically needy populations in several communities of Haiti.

She has been serving the healthcare community since 1999. She is a well prepared Family Nurse Practitioner and holds a minor in nursing informatics.  She is currently employed as a Nurse Practitioner in New York City.  She holds interests in critical care medicine, family medicine and tele-medicine.  

She is well known for her compassion in caring for patients, her professionalism and competitive edge and aptitude in use of the electronic medical record and personal digital assistants, at the point of care.  Ms. Jenny Delaleu is an ANCC Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.  She is also a member of the NPALI, Nurse Practitioner Association of Long Island.

As of today, Ms. Jenny Delaleu goes beyond her role as the Executive Secretary to take part in a continuous social services to participate in regular organized medical missions to Haiti.  


Michelene Bontemps, Director and Acting Assistant Administrator

Ms. Michelene Bontemps is the Director of Operation Hope for Children of Haiti and acting Assistant Administrator for the Mobile Clinics. She has been a volunteer Logistics Supervisor working with Operation Hope for over 10 years and simultaneously traveling throughout the country as a supporting administrative Staff. 

Following the Earthquake of January 12, 2010 that devastated the very little infrastructure of Haiti’s Capital and killed over 300,000 of its citizens, Ms. Bontemps was a key component in hosting thousands of foreign Medical and non-Medical volunteers in and out of our modest Camp/Medical Clinic in Diquini/Carrefour across from the Adventist Hospital.  Today, she continues to serve at many capacities and especially as a hostess for our visiting volunteers.  


Her service to Operation Hope shows her admiration and love for what she has discovered to be her true calling.  Her non spoken commitment is demonstrated daily through her strong but yet gentle and tireless effort to lend a hand to the deprived. 


Joanne Delaleu, Project Coordinator

Ms. Joanne Delaleu is currently the Project Coordinator of Operation Hope for Children of Haiti. She has a Master's degree in Nursing and currently works at Sloan Kettering Hospital in Manhattan, New York. 

She is now working on opening a Private practice as the co-founder with Ms. Jenny Delaleu.  Her passion is traveling and caring for the medically underprivileged in Haiti.

Her professional goals are to use her advanced nursing expertise to advance evidence based practice as it relates to primary care in her frequent missionary trips to various communes of Haiti.  


Gallo, Assistant Director

Cindy is the Assistant Director of Operation Hope for Children of Haiti. She has embraced the people of Haiti as if they were her biological family and as is Haiti was her homeland. 

Cindy is a RN and the wife of a pastor. She is an ER nurse in Central Florida and makes frequent trips to Haiti, always bringing a few of her coworkers with her to help at Wendy’s Hope Medical Clinic.

Her service and commitment demonstrates the strong yet her gentle and loving touch to the people she cares for. While working in a hospital during one of the worst earthquake aftershocks, she found herself to be the only member of the medical staff that did not leave the building and run for safety. Instead she stayed with the patients, many who lost limbs and could not walk. While the hospital walls were shaking, Cindy had the patients singing a Hymn in Creole, lifting their spirits as well as their voices.

While at home in Florida, Cindy serves the homeless at Matthews Hope as well as The Gathering in Lakeside.  Her home is often filled with those that need some love and a helping hand.


James W. Martinsen, Advisor

James is an advisor to Operation Hope.  He is the co-founder, and Chief Financial Officer for East End Disability Associates, Inc.  

EEDA is a 501(c) (3) not for Profit Corporation serving the needs of the developmentally disabled on Long Island, New York. Initially, advocacy was one of his first concerns, but lack of available services on the east end of Long Island eventually became the driving force that contributed to the development of EEDA. EEDA runs numerous Individual Residential Alternative homes, along with a number of Day Habilitation programs. 

In addition to business management experience, Jim has held a number of positions in various social service fields to include Food Bank management, teen counseling and worked with various homeless shelters.

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In conjunction with our Operation Hope/CHOMEG HOSPITAL and NURSING SCHOOL Project, a pharmacy is scheduled to open in June 2014 at Mais Gate in our main building "1".  It is our hope that members and friends will continue to support our programs while we are constantly looking for ways to help the population at large.   


On February 24/2014, Dr. Eddy Delaleu met Mr. Delva, Mr. Jonas and Mrs. Jean in a four day long meeting on the Operation Hope/CHOMEG HOSPITAL NURSING SCHOOL Project.  For over four years they have been working tirelessly to get to this point where the need to open a CENTRE HOSPITALIER with State of the Art Equipment and to take the Nursing School to a higher National and International standard.

Dr. Delaleu wishes to thank all the friends and supporters of such program he was honored to meet and is especially thankful for the wonderful advice, dinners and tea parties he enjoyed in a friendship and patriotic environment. 


Operation Hope and its affiliates, would like to recognize Reverend Ecclesias Donatien as the man of the year.  A friend of nearly 18 years isa  model for all of us here and for many he serves days and nights, seven days a week at the Church Tabernacle of Praise.  Born in January 15, 1949 in St. Louis du Nord Haiti, he completed his primary and secondary schools in La Pointe, Port-de-Paix in the North West Department of Haiti.  He often referred to Esaie 6:8 as his calling.  That biblical passage impacted his spiritual life in such a way that he was guided to a Theological school in Port-au-Prince where he graduated in 1974.  His famous vision on his birthday on January 15, 1992 lead him from a church of 3 members under mango tree to a Tabernacle with a capacity of seating near 10,000 parishioners. May God continue to pour his gifts of love, prayers, healings and many more on him, the cchurchand his family.  


Our Pharmacy has been severely destroyed by the last most recent hurricanes: ISAAC and SANDY. We lost most of our meds and medical supplies. We are asking all of you who are able to help us resuply to do so at your earliest convenience. Additionally we need more volunteers on a rotation basis to assist us in our weekly mobile clinics. Please contact us or contact Dr. Eddy Delaleu at: eddydelaleu@hotmail.com.

Operation Hope Wendy's Clinic

The Clinic is now open to the public from Monday to Saturday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  We will go full schedule with our Mobile Clinics 3 days a week, beginning June 1, 2011. For the Medical Volunteers wishing to join us, please come prepared to serve while you will have a chance to travel the country's side and experience Haiti's beauty beyond the rubbles and striking poverty.


Wendy's Clinic is now temporary closed as the need for medical care has decreased in the area.  We therefore are unable financially and logistically to keep a permanet staff on schedule.  The Clinic will remain closed until further notice.  In the mean time, OPERATION HOPE MOBILE CLINICS are contnuing with 2 Mobile Cliinics a week deserving needy communities between the West Department and the Artibonite region.


Marie Carmelle Bienaime has been a volunteer working with us for over 18 years.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her unselfish services that she never ceased to provide day or night as the need calls for.  Carmelle is serving at all capacity such as: Emergency Relief Worker, Chief Hostess and Chef to name a few.  Her role has been indispensable for Operation Hope throughout the years.  She has been strongly recommended by her peers and foreign volunteers for Volunteer of the year. 


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