Haitihelpers Mission Trips

     Haitihelpers conducts short term mission trips every year to Haiti. These trips are usually a week long and involve taking commercial airlines to Haiti, and then in-country air, truck, and motorcycle transportation while there.

     Mission trip members have the opportunity to be involved in many activities, such as rural medical clinics, and multi-topic health education classes that we have in various locales. We also conduct vacation bible schools for the local children, gardening classes, nightly evangelism meetings and Bible study courses in area chuches.

     All mission trip members are free to choose their activities. 

Mission Trip Costs

    There are two costs for our mission trips. One cost is for the commercial airlines ticket, and the other cost is for in-country expenses. The cost for the roundtrip air fare varies, but is usually between $500 and $650 per person. The in- country costs are usually in the range of $550 to $650, and depend on the number of people who are going on the trip, and on the current cost of transportation within the country. The in-country costs cover all food, lodging, in-country travel, and mission trip insurance. The only costs not covered are for souvenirs and for food in the airports. We will be staying at a hotel (on a city trip), or in a dormitory with running water and indoor plumbing when on a trip to a rural area.  

Trip Requirements

    Trip members will need to have a passport to travel to Haiti. Also, each member will need to finalize their commitment to going on a trip with a $100 deposit and a signed mission trip agreement no later than one month before the dates of the upcoming trip. Anyone interested in coming on a mission trip will be sent a mission trip agreement upon request. 

Preparing for a Mission Trip

     Each trip member will carry a daypack small enough to be stowed under the seats on the commercial airlines. Also, we take one travel suitcase that goes overhead. All personal belongings go into these bags. We usually bring about three days of regular clothes and one set of church clothes. Our laundry can be washed there on a daily basis. Modest shorts and pants are good for the men; modest pants, skirts, and dresses are good for the ladies. Medical scrubs are ideal because they are light, comfortable, and easy to pack.

     Each member will need to get a prescription for an anti-malarial medication and take it as ordered. A vaccination for typhoid is optional, as many members take an antibiotic (usually Cipro) while on the trip. This has proven to be a very effective prevention. Hepatitis A and B vaccinations are useful, but not necessary. However, each member will need to have a current tetanus shot.

Suggested Packing List:

Extra cash, a flashlight, extra batteries, sunglasses, a hat, a camera, travel journal, pen/pencil, water bottle, mints/gum, trailmix/snacks, hand sanitizer, pain relief/cold meds, diarrhea medicine, insect repellent, sun screen, sandals/flip-flops, personal hygiene items, personal prescriptions, and comfortable walking shoes.

Mission Trip Agreement

Each member shall agree to:

 1)  Keep close connact with the trip leaders by providing a reliable e-mail or texting number which is needed to communicate trip updates and instructions such as timing of buying airline tickets and changes in trip details.

2)  Take luggage/bins as assigned by the trip leaders to check-in when arriving at the airport.

3)  Meet at scheduled times and travel together as a team.

4)  Follow the direction of the trip leaders while on the mission trip.

5)  Will abide by the more conservative social norms of Haiti in dress and in behavior.

6)  Will not give any money to anyone while in Haiti ( ie., to sponsor a student); but, this can and will be arranged by Haitihelpers leadership. 

 If you would like to come with us on a mission trip:

 

Contact us at:  Coopring05@aol.com or haitihelpers@haitihelpers.org.

 

Call us at: 678-986-6287

 

Mission News

HAPPENINGS  IN 2020

 We have been talking with all the people in Bas Pinal involved with the broom making business and asking how things are going since we set up their micro-loan program. We also asked if the horses we got them are helping with the transportation of the plant materials and  with getting the finished brooms to market. We found out that the micro-loan was working well, but it was only paying for a truck to go to the town of Thomassique once every two months to get the lantanier (palm plant material) used to make the brooms. So some people were still having to make the long 12 hour walk to get the lantanier there in Thomassique. The horses are working out well and have been going to market with the finished brooms, carrying much more than the women can carry on their heads.This year we are going to set up more micro-loans so the truck can go more often, benefiting close to 100 families. And, we are more committed than ever to helping the village get their broom business, which they have had for over 100 years, to the next entirely            self-sustaining level.

   Another thing we will continue with in 2020 is, as we are sent more lantanier seed from the botanical center in Miami,  we will be planting more lantanier when the rains come again. Some of the mature plants we have grown from seed that we recieved in the past have already been transplanted out in the Bas pinal area. And there is now a new batch of growing plants that we have there which are almost ready to put in the ground. Once we get many more of the lantanier plants established in Bas Pinal, there will be no more need for the people there to make those 12 hour trips to get and transport the needed materials to make their brooms. God is good.