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.

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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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Haiti – What You May See When You Visit

What You May See When You Visit Haiti

Haiti. Oh my goodness this country has my heart. It is absolutely gorgeous with its clear blue water and breathtaking mountains right on the shore. But surprisingly enough, it is the people that make Haiti truly beautiful.

In 2010, there was a devastating 7.0 earthquake. It was reported by the New York Times that 316,000 people lost their lives. If you visit there today, you will likely still see the destruction that it caused. Where houses once stood, there are now tarps forming small shacks. Samaritan Purse did an incredible thing by providing temporary shelters for over 10,400 Haitian families. Unfortunately many families are still living in these and you can still see Samaritan Purse’s blue tarps everywhere.

I’m not an expert on Haiti. I visited once in 2014, and I’m returning this summer! (So excited!) I really got to know the village of Titanyen. But I strongly advise you to go see it for yourself. If you do, here are some things you may see:

  1. Poverty

There is no denying the poverty of this country. In the Western Hemisphere, Haiti is currently the poorest country with 80% of the population living below the poverty line. The earthquake took a massive toll on the nation’s economy, as did the two hurricanes that damaged the agricultural output. There is an airport in the capital,Port-au-Prince, that is air-conditioned and has toilets and faucets like we see in developed countries. But to really experience life as a Haitian, you need to explore the villages.

girls at their home

In the villages you will likely see only dirt roads with very little cars. Motorcycles are popular! Everyone mostly walks. In Titanyen, there was one community well. We would constantly see kids and mothers pumping water and then carrying it back to their homes. They relied on windows for natural light in their homes, and I did not come across anyone with electricity or plumbing. A few people had flip cell phones or a radio. Some children went to school, but many did not. Everyone was barefoot and wore minimal clothing. (It is so hot in Haiti!) They wore the same clothes every day, and were not concerned with the tears, holes or dirt smudges. Diapers were not commonly used, and many toddlers wore only a t-shirt if they were not potty-trained. Yards often reeked of feces or had a swarm of bugs attacking food. The closest thing Titanyen had to a park was a large patch of dirt with one tree for shade, two soccer (football!) nets, and a few benches.

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2. Community

I saw an incredible sense of community among the villagers. When we traveled to another village, we got to see the markets set up on the main, paved street. It was beautiful to watch the Haitians trade for goods and interact with one another. They were so friendly and full of life. In Titanyen, the villagers trusted their kids to be safe around strangers. So many kids were freely roaming around by themselves. Often elementary aged boys could be seen protectively babysitting their toddler siblings all day long. Kids would jump into our arms and walk with us all around the village until we went too far. Then they would turn around and find their way back home.

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3. Joy

Even though they face all kinds of difficulties each day, the Haitians are full of life and love. The children, especially, will blow your mind with the amount of joy that they have in their tiny bodies. They love to sing and dance. They love to laugh and make silly faces. They don’t have their eyes glued to a television screen, but instead they are truly living. They are so free! It is amazing to hear them talk about the hope that they have. Their faith in God and in His protection shocked and inspired me. Most people would expect them to be bitter about all that they don’t have. (And yes some are!) But for the most part, they are content. So many of them came up to me and told me about how blessed they were. The kids were grateful for the small bowl of rice they received for the day, and I grumble if my food is lukewarm, bland, or smaller than I envisioned. When you visit Haiti, talk to the locals. Spend time loving on the children. Enjoy the warmth of their hugs and the joy that they radiate!

young girl

 

The mountains are beautiful. The beaches are beautiful. The people are beautiful. And even the earthquake ruins are beautiful. That’s because they reveal the bravery and resilience of a strong community.

If you’ve never visited Haiti but would like to someday, then I encourage you to sign up for my weekly newsletter because my next travel post will be about the best (in my opinion!) way to do it – through Mission of Hope!

Have you ever been to Haiti? What else could you say about the nation? Or have you been somewhere else with similar characteristics? Let me know in the comments!

 
With love,

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