November 18, 2017

November kit build

Another Successful newborn kit build! With over 60 volunteers, we put together 500 newborn kits.  These kits will be sent to Dr. Maklin
at St. Anthony’s Clinic in Haiti and given to new mothers in the Shada slum. Truly a wonderful way to celebrate World Day of the Poor!


November 14, 2017

500 Newborn Kits and 700 Birthing Kits Arrived in Haiti!

Dr. Maklin reported that our boxes of  supplies and kits for the midwives in Shada have arrived.
He will be handing them out to the midwives this weekend (November 18).  Perfect timing for
World Day of the Poor!  Thank you again to all the groups, donors, and parishioners who helped us with these kits .




November 1, 2017

New Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering to support upcoming Stella Marina events, please click on the link below to sign up. Thank You for your support.

Volunteer Opportunities

October 12, 2017

Baby Shower Blessings

Thank you to Kristen Arseneau and the guests at Kelsey Cole’s baby shower for donating enough items to create 70 newborn kits for the moms in Shada.  We are blessed!


September 19, 2017

Another Shipment on the Way To Haiti!!!

Volunteers and the Stella Marina team filled another sea container today with nativity school desks, chairs and tables. Stella marina also loaded 700 birthing kits and 500 newborn kits.


August 19, 2017

On Saturday, August 19th, over 50 people joined Stella Marina to make 500 newborn kits for the new mothers of Haiti. We started the kit-build with an opening prayer by Maria Kelly and then got quickly to work. Forty volunteers worked at three kit-build stations including our wonderfully enthusiastic new priest, Father Stephen Vaccaro (donning our new StellaMarina t-shirt).  Another group of volunteers sorted through 4,000 cloth diapers which were generously donated to our project by a diaper service in Charlottesville, Virginia.  Still more volunteers cut bath towels into washcloths, taped boxes together and packed the kits into boxes.  It was a great of church family coming together to help those in need. Father Vaccaro closed the build by reading an email thank you from Dr. Eugene Maklin in Cap Haitian, Haiti and blessing the newborn kits.  Never far from our thoughts at these events, praise was given to our beloved Father Martin who started it all and continues to live on through Operation Starfish.  The next kit build will be November 18, 2017 at 10:00 am in the cafeteria. You may sign up the Sign Up Genius link above as space is limited. For more photos click here.


August 18, 2017

More donations for Stella Marina!!!!!

July 26, 2017

Midwives for Haiti is based in Richmond, VA and their birthing kit model (and Creole instructions) are what Stella Marina uses for our birthing kits. Wonderful organization helping the babies in Haiti! Click this link to read a great article printed in the July 25 Washington Post

July 16, 20

Thank you Linnette Le for organizing a birthing kit build at your sister-in-law’s baby shower!  Linnette and her guests put together 150 kits for the midwives and moms in the Shada slums.  Baby showers are a great time to help the mothers in Haiti.  Contact us if you are interested in organizing a build at your shower.

May 21, 2017

Thank you to Anna and her diaper service for donating over 1,500 cloth diapers for the babies in Haiti. These diapers will be part of the newborn kits that will be assembled on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

In the News!!!

Click the link to read an article in the Huffington Post about Birthing “Justice for Women in Haiti” which discusses birthing and newborn kits and how simple they are to do.

February 2017

Third Hand, an organization established at Christopher Newport University held a birthing kit assembly event to support Stella Marina on February 25th. Over 30 students volunteered to support the event. To learn more about this event, click on the link, Third Hand. The Third Hand Team is pictured below and to read an article about the Third Hand Organization that was published in Christopher Newport’s Paper, The Captains Log on March 1st, 2017, click here.

July 9 – 10 

Thank you, thank you, thank you Women of Nativity!! They collected 80 onesies for Stella Marina’s newborn kits! The newborn kit drive continued on July 9 and 10 after all Masses and was a huge success.

To the parishioners of Nativity – Melinda Wade Engelbrektsson, Theresa Meyer Danner, and Meg Hanrahan cannot thank you enough for the amazing support you gave to us and Stella Marina this weekend. We were overwhelmed by the generosity and compassion you have for the mothers and babies of Haiti. We will be able to send over 400 newborn kits, stethoscopes, dopplers, and many other items to the midwives. We are humbled and blessed! Father Martin is smiling on his all today! God bless you!

November 15 – Dr. Maklin forwarded this picture and message indicating that the latest shipment of birthing kits(from this summer) has been distributed.

kit delivery 11 15 2015

August 7 – The 300 birthing kits that were paid for and assembled by Nativity Catholic School and the Women of Nativity have been delivered to Dr. Eugene Maklin.  Next is distribution to the midwives!


June 11

Nativity School 7th graders put together 300 birthing kits.  The funds were raised through the chili cook off held earlier this year and through a generous donation from the Women of Nativity.  This kit building project is the second one where WON has donated and the second one completed.  The kits have been packed for delivery and will head to Haiti with Fish4Hope on their July trip.  Thank you, Nativity School students, administrators, and parents!

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