About

Founders

Ruth Georges was born in Port-Au- Prince Haiti and moved to the United States in 1990. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a double major in Interdisciplinary Social Science with a concentration in Africana Studies & Psychology and a second degree in Women & Gender Studies. At a young age Ruth possessed a natural desire for public service and that commitment transcended through extracurricular activities. Through her feminist-womanist passion to serve, Ruth cofounded Fanm Kreyol, Inc. March 2nd 2008. This organization is important to her as, she truly believes that women who are empowered can make remarkable changes locally and nationally.

To further her studies and experience in public service in 2015, Ruth attained a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Leadership & Public Policy from the Center of Women in Politics & Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Boston. As a graduate of this program, Ruth was named the Poly Logan Scholar and she was elected as one of the class representatives in her graduate program. Additionally, she was recognized for her outstanding leadership and public service. Since successfully completing her program, Ruth was appointed by Mayor Martin J. Walsh as the Mattapan & Dorchester Community Liaison and Haitian Liaison for the City of Boston.

Ruth lives by the following quote "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others. –Marianne Williamson.

Ruth Georges

Fanm Mevey


Marie Grandoit was born in Port-au- Prince, Haiti but was raised in the United States for most of her life. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor in Criminology and a minor in Biology and Africana Studies. It has always been her belief that education is the key to success. As such, upon graduating from college, she pursued her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School. Marie hopes to use her success in education to help motivate young girls to always strive for more and to stay focused on their schoolwork.

Marie has always been passionate and committed to a career in law and public service. It is her passion for Civic engagement and community enrichment that led her to cofounding Fanm Kreyol, Inc. This organization is important to her because she believes in order to effectuate change and grow as a people we must Empower Haitian Women to become leaders in our community; because she believes women play a vital role in our societal success.

Marie lives by the following quote, "you are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand."

Marie Grandoit

Fanm Lajwa

The Fanm Kreyol, Inc. Story



Fanm Kreyol, Inc. is a professional non-profit service oriented sisterhood organization founded at the University of South Florida. Fanm Kreyol, Inc. was founded based on the vision of Marie Grandoit and Ruth Georges. After witnessing the lack of recognition, appreciation and unity amongst Haitian women, they founded Fanm Kreyol, Inc. to empower and unify. The organization seeks to promote women in leadership and highlight the importance of education.

After many trials and tribulations on March 2nd, 2008 Fanm Kreyol, Inc. was founded at the University of South Florida with the founding six members: Claire St. Hillaire, Garilynn Sincere, Genevieve Guillaume, Miscaline Frenot, Nadine Nonor, and Nerli Coulanges. With a promising future in mind, the founders instilled the mission, pillars and purpose of Fanm Kreyol, Inc. Fanm Kreyol, Inc. strives to create a positive movement through empowering Haitian women, community enrichment and civic engagement. With a network of professional and educated women, the possibilities of action are endless.

The organization is working hard for Haitian women not only in the United States but also in Haiti. Fanm Kreyol, Inc. wants to be the voice for Haitian women and believes through education, discipline and drive the possibilities are endless. The sisters of Fanm Kreyol, Inc. understand that they are not only Haitian women but are Fanm Kreyol and should always strive for success and to give back to their community.

Article XVII. Anti-hazing



This organization prohibits its members, both individually and collectively from committing any acts of hazing as defined herein:

“Hazing" as defined by §1006.63, Florida Statutes, means any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution, regardless of a person’s willingness to participate.

"Hazing" includes, but is not limited to, pressuring or coercing the student into violating state or federal law; any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, exposure to the elements, forced consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance; or other forced physical activity that could adversely affect the physical health or safety of the student; and also includes any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment, or other forced activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student. Hazing does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions or any activity or conduct that furthers a legal and legitimate objective. I addition to Florida Statutes §1006.63, hazing as defined by all universities and college system also includes, but is not limited to, the forced use of alcohol; morally degrading or humiliating games and activities; physical and psychological shocks; deception; verbal abuse; personal servitude; kidnapping; deprivation of privileges granted to others in the organization by use of force or duress; and any other activities which are contrary to academic achievement, the stated purpose of the local and/or (inter) national organization, and/or the mission, policies or regulations of the school system or applicable state law.