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Improving the lives

of others to benefit the community, 1976.

CFFSJ heartfully thanks everyone

who has supported us over the years.

about cffsj

The Centre de Formation Familiale et Sociale de Jacmel (CFFSJ) is a non-profit organization 501(3)© established  with a board in New York whith mission to support the Center in Jacmel managed by the Sisters of St. Joseph de Cluny in the city of Jacmel, Haiti situated in the Southeastern department of Haiti.

Originally the center was created in Jacmel since 1976 by Ms. Myriam Turnier, Mrs. Zulmelie Ratchen, and Father Poulard who saw the need for young Jacmeliens to have a trade in order to secure a job and deterred them to be on the street with no future and becoming vagrant and be part of gangs.

Ms. Turnier even though she moved to NY, she stayed connected to the everyday operation of the center  which is now a charity of the sister of St. Joseph de Cluny. The Sisters had kept the mission of inspiring these young women to envision a brighter future by learning key skills that enable them to enter the workforce, become financial contributors to their families and/or work while pursuing higher education. 3 years ago Ms. Myriam Turnier joined with Ginette Sangosse and created a U.S. branch aiming at assisting CFFSJ of Jacmel.





CFSSJ uses abandoned but useable buildings of the Congregation of St Joseph de Cluny. 

Since 2018, CFFSJ in New York has been putting all their resources in reconstructing the facility to a standard that will provide a nurturing environment to the students. Various studies conducted by universities such as Stanford and Brigham Young University show that a clean organized space helps to promote better focus on assigned tasks.


Here at CFFSJ we offer a 3-year cycle of teaching in basic elementary subjects as well as other technical skills. The students take part in classes such as culinary arts, sewing, embroidery, crochet, child care, home health, home economic, human resources, moral, civic duties, floral, fine art & carts. These course will be an integral part to the future of these young ladies careers. 

Eddy Guillauteau and Mrs. Jocelyn Oriol Pierre

the Staff

The nuns of St. Joseph de Cluny give their services in management, supervision and moral and civic education free of charge. It is the civic duty of community members to join in the effort of benefiting the lives of many. By teaching these young women practical skills they will go on to make a difference in the lives of many in the years to come.


The Center hires instructors to offer the best quality of instruction to the young women. The instructors are experts in their respective fields and work to ensure a high level of proficiency in the students' skills. 


CFFSJ welcomes all volunteers to join in the effort to give back to a blossoming community. Volunteers with specialized skills aid instructors in the classroom and offer a unique perspective on approaching different challenges. 

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