MISSION TRIP UPDATE:
Since our last update, political instability still exists in Haiti with the Haitian Lower Chamber of Deputies dismissing then (2nd) Prime Minister Henri Céant, and President Jovonel Moise, since then, presenting his 3rd Prime Minister for consideration.
In addition, Haiti has still been experiencing periodic civil unrest from the Petro Caribe scandal, while fuel shortages continue to plague the country, affecting everything from cellular telephone service (since cell towers are powered by diesel fuel), to hotels – some of which had to lay off personnel and close for a month or two because they could not obtain fuel to power their generators or their staff could not get to work because of the transportation strikes, to hospitals, and other major businesses.
These challenges have also affected our collaboration partners in Haiti as well. The University of Haiti School of Dentistry has had their school year affected by the transportation strikes and are having to scramble to reschedule their remaining academic calendar. This has jeopardized the dental school students and professors that they were originally scheduled to work with our dental clinics.
Lastly, the U.S. State Department still has Haiti listed with a Level 4 travel warning, and several airlines have halted flights to Haiti. With only three months left before our intended trip, there are too many open issues and concerns, and regrettably, in the interest of safety, and our ability to effectively conduct our operations, we have postponed this trip and would like to reschedule it for later in the year, perhaps September, October or early November. We will keep you posted.
Thank you for all your support!