My name is Maureen (Mo) Weinhardt, and I’m a graduate of Lesley University, the University of Michigan, and the International Academy. I’ve traveled extensively throughout my life, and have had the opportunity to learn and experience many different cultures. Education, travel and service work are all passions of mine, and I’m grateful to be part of an organization that integrates all three.
I first became involved with what would later become FNE during the summer of 2010. That’s when I learned what Jean-Marie and his wife Marie-Ange had been doing in Haiti, changing their cinder block home into a free school for children who otherwise could not afford an education. It was both heart-breaking and inspiring.
My first trip to Haiti was with a small group of people (including Anna and Mike) in November, 2010, eleven months after the devastating earthquake . We met the teachers, students and parents of the Le College community, and traveled around Port-au-Prince to meet allies and learn about the culture, people, and realities of life since the earthquake. Despite my many travels, I’ve never experienced a place so rich with beauty, strength, poverty and suffering. It was absolutely transformative. Read more about my experiences on that trip here.
In addition to my work with FNE, I am also an experienced educator who has worked with youth of all ages. I manage and write for a website called Growing With Your Child that works with parents of young children on issues such as behavior management, communication and child development.
Please get in touch! You can reach me at mo@FriendsNE.org