Chierici is a co-founder of Haiti Outreach Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.), a Rochester-based organization focused on promoting social justice and a better future for Haiti. The network of doctors, businesspeople, educators and others have been working for years to improve the lives of people in Borgne, an impoverished area of Haiti, where they have established a health care system.
Chierici, a native of Haiti, frequently travels to Borgne, which is about 100 miles north of Port-au-Prince. Following the devastating Jan. 12 earthquake in the country, H.O.P.E. sent relief workers to Port-au-Prince and also mobilized a supply and distribution network from Rochester, Washington, D.C. and California to H.O.P.E.'s medical staff in Borgne, where hundreds from Port-au-Prince have fled for help.
More information about H.O.P.E.'s efforts can be found on its website.