About The Fleury Family
Yonadav (Dav) is Haitian and was born and raised in Casale, Haiti until his dad sent him to Arcahaie and then Port-au-Prince for an education. 3 days after the 2010 earthquake, the devastation became overwhelming and Dav moved back to Arcahaie. With the extreme situation Haiti was facing, Dav’s heart was burdened and he began volunteering as an interpreter to assist with earthquake relief. He was close to finishing his computer science degree, but this led him down a path he never expected. Dav ended up working with Children’s Lifeline in Arcahaie where he met Michelle.
Michelle graduated from Biola University with a degree in Intercultural Studies emphasizing International Development & Cross-Cultural Health Care in 2011 and moved to Haiti shortly after. She quickly met Dav who was an interpreter for one of the missions Michelle was working with.
After a year in Arcahaie, Michelle moved back to the states and Dav proposed soon after. Leaving his country for the first time, a new challenge began. Due to visa requirements, the couple was legally married 2 weeks after he landed in the US. Spending 9 months in Iowa, the Caribbean native realized he could not handle the frozen tundra and they moved south to Nashville, TN.
Anxious to get back to Haiti and a frequent conversation of their hearts’ desire to help Dav’s people, God kept saying “no, not yet”. 5 years and 2 kids later, God finally opened that door back to Haiti.
In those years of waiting, Michelle and Dav met many people and organizations connected to Haiti who have good hearts and intentions, but are hurting more than helping. Dav and Michelle’s frustrations grew as they have both been studying the best way to help Haiti. When they joined a new church in late Spring 2017, they never imagined how The Hands and Feet Project would fall into their laps and how closely their visions for Haiti align. Their desire to keep families together, care for the orphan, and build the economy by creating jobs is exactly what Michelle and Dav had written down as their dreams for Haiti 5 years ago!
As they embark on this new adventure as a family, Dav and Michelle are excited to see how God will use them to help the Haitian people. They are also thrilled to have their 2 young children, Lynnston & Kezia, experience Dav’s culture.