Employee Focus: Meet Mackendy André

Mackendy André has been employed at the Joshua House for nearly a year and has connected very well with the staff and visitors. As a Team Liaison, his duties are to plan for the arrival of the teams, serve as an interpreter for both the Americans and the Haitians, be a tour guide and coordinate transportation to and from the airport. Mackendy works closely with administrative assistant Tracy Walnoha and serves as the in-country host and face of the Joshua House when visitors reach Haiti.

Mackendy first became aware of the Joshua House in August of 2015 when he served as a leader for the Kid’s Fest, an annual program organized by IDADEE that gathers leaders from different zones and churches to work with children. Pastor Compère Jean Claude invited him to be a leader for the program as a member of his church.

“With God’s help, I worked with the kids and had lots of fun,” reflected Mackendy. “(During this time) the head of the board of the IDADEE organization saw me and the way I was leading the kids. He took notes about my leadership and the following year they called me again to do the same job.”

Weeks later after the second experience, Mackendy was invited to a board meeting where he was interviewed for the Team Liaison position at the Joshua House, following which he was invited to the Joshua House to learn about the organization. “They asked me if I would be happy working with the Joshua House and I said yes, because I like working with the American people and creating relationships with other people,” Mackendy recalled. Since that time he has fulfilled a crucial role at the Joshua House, helping visitors to feel comfortable and ensuring their trip goes smoothly.

Please help us welcome Mackendy to the Joshua House family, he is looking forward to working with you on your next trip to Haiti.