Mission of Hope Haiti

Now that you know how beautiful Haiti and its people are, (If not, read What You May See When You Visit Haiti) let’s take a closer look at one of the fabulous organizations that you can partner with to experience its beauty first-hand. If you’re interested in traveling to a tropical location AND making a difference, then consider going on a mission trip with Mission of Hope Haiti.

Mission of Hope Haiti

{I am not sponsored for this post. I just had an incredible experience and I think they are worth the exposure and awareness!}

 

Why Partner with Mission of Hope Haiti?

 

If you’re skeptical of large organizations “helping” citizens of a developing country, then I completely understand. I am too.

 

Are they making money off of them? Is it a scam? Can they be trusted? Why are they doing it?

 

It’s so easy for relatively rich people to come in and completely destroy the economy of an impoverished nation. Tourists can easily walk into a village and do more harm than good. Many of us have this egocentric mindset that WE are the answer to their “problems” or that the citizens are in need of our country’s lifestyle in order to live a “better” life.

 

This is a lie.

Mission of Hope Haiti

The things that we think we so desperately need do not have to be a need (or even a want!) of these people. Your priorities are not their priorities. What you do for fun may look completely different from what they do. That doesn’t mean they aren’t having fun!

 

Volunteering is great, it really is. But only if done responsibly. Awhile back I read a great post from Globetrotter Joe that captures the importance of responsible volunteering. In my opinion, the whole point of volunteering is to realize that it’s not about us.

 

I think Mission of Hope does an excellent job of putting the Haitians first. Their mission statement is clear – “As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope seeks to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti.”

Mission of Hope Haiti

Are they making money off of them?

 

No, they make money off of the volunteers (willingly donated) and use it to employ Haitians. They hire them to cook, clean, guard the perimeter, drive busses, work in a store, work in a clinic, work in churches, work in orphanages, work in a schools, make items to sell, translate for visitors, and so much more. Everything goes back to the Haitians and is designed to help them.

 

Is it a scam? Can they be trusted?

 

It is not a scam. Yes, they can be trusted. I’ve witnessed their passion and love for the people of Haiti first-hand. The story of how one couple, the Johnsons, gave up everything just to follow the call of Jesus is incredible and inspiring. The organization is continually proving its foundation and purpose is all about Jesus. That is ultimately why they can be trusted. They are open about what they do, their finances, etc. on their website. They are changing lives through church advancement, orphan care, education, health care, nutrition, child sponsorship and so much more.

 

Why are they doing it?

 

To bring life transformation to the people of Haiti through the power and saving grace of Jesus Christ. (Those are my words summarizing it all). They are pouring all of these resources into this country because it needs it, yes, but also because taking care of the Haitians’ physical needs can open the door to taking care of their greatest need, Jesus.

Mission of Hope Haiti

 

How You Can Join In

 

There are a lot of ways that you can make a difference! One of the biggest ways is through child sponsorship. I did this for about a year after my first trip! It’s $35 a month ($420 a year) and you get to select the child that you want to sponsor! I had a precious little girl named Mesdarlie, and she was an absolute joy! The money goes toward giving the child a quality education that includes a daily nutritious meal, Christ-centered curriculum, and improvement initiatives that are school-specific.

 

As a sponsor, you will receive an annual photo, reply letters to any correspondence that you send to him/her, and monthly email updates. You can send him/her letters and pictures (via an online tool). You can also pick out generic gifts from an online store (such as a doll, soccer ball, etc.) and the Mission of Hope people purchase these items from the community (see it all goes back to the Haitians!) and give it to your child. If you ever visit MOH’s campuses on a mission trip, then they will arrange for you to meet the child if possible!

 

If you would like to support an orphan in their orphanage, it is $50 a month and you will be combined in a little “family” with four other sponsors for that one child. Again, it is an amazing opportunity to give this child a loving home and receive an education. Education is rare in developing countries, especially with Haitian girls, and it is so important for their future!

 

Going on a mission trip with Mission of Hope can be completely life-changing. It provides you with the opportunity to see the joy and beauty of Haiti and its people. You get to make lasting friendships with the translators, MOH staff, Village Champions, and all of the children and adults that you meet in the village. On their mission trips, you have days where you play/talk with the villagers and days where you serve them by painting houses, planting trees, and other possibilities depending on their needs. You also get to experience church (in French Creole) right alongside the Haitians. You even get to visit other campuses for a vision tour and have a blast as you relax on a “beach day”.

Mission of Hope Haiti

Overall, there are a ton of opportunities to get involved. You can make a difference in the lives of so many! I already told you how wonderful and joyful the people of Haiti are. Go see it for yourself! Experience the country in an authentic way – right in the middle of a village interacting with the locals. God is doing HUGE things in Haiti, like only He can do. And the incredible thing is – we are invited to be part of it!

 

In May, I’ll be leaving for my second trip to Haiti. Please consider praying for my team and I as we prepare, travel, and serve. Please pray for our translators, Mission of Hope, and all of the Haitians that we meet. I’m looking forward to seeing so many familiar faces in Titanyen! I will share an update later this summer with all of you, and in the meantime please be praying for all that God is doing there!
With love,

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9 thoughts on “Mission of Hope Haiti

  1. Jess says:

    I really enjoyed getting some insight on a topic that I really haven’t thought much about in the past. I am so happy that you had such a great experience volunteering in Haiti and that you will be going again soon! You and your team will be in my prayers!

  2. Danielle Dortch says:

    I love Mission of Hope Haiti! I went there a few years ago for the week with my mom to serve and I truly had a blast. I absolutely agree with everything you said about them. They are an amazing organization and I’ve been dying to head back ever since I left. I will absolutely be praying for you and your team when y’all head back! I can’t wait to hear all about your update!

  3. Joe says:

    What a fantasticproje for Emily, and great that they are genuinely striving to do all they can to help those who are in need of it. Thanks for the shout out on my post and I wish you and your team all the best for your trip there this May – keep fighting the good fight 🙂

    • Emily says:

      Thanks for reading Joe! I’m glad I got to (hopefully) bring awareness to that awesome post of yours! Thank you! 🙂 (and I totally understand typos, my iPad does the same thing all of the time!)

  4. Brittany says:

    I worked with several organizations like this and I agree that this is a good one! Volunteering is so hard because we really can do more harm that good without ever realizing it. I’ve been on a few mission trips to organizations like this and looking back I can see how it actually hurt the kids there. It’s so important to let the locals do the work themselves and teach them to be self sufficient. Loved this post!

    • Emily says:

      Thank you Brittany! It really is! There are so many ways to help and teach them valuable skills/get them an education rather than teaching them that all they can do is beg for money! Mission of Hope is a great organization!

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