Mission Trips with H3Missions
A Non Profit Company Bringing Help for Hurting Humanity.
A Non Profit Company Bringing Help for Hurting Humanity.
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.
“We conducted our first medical mission with a group of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals tending to the thousands of wounded survivors.”
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!
The overall experience for our volunteers is important to us. After a long day of working in various challenging locations, we want you to have the opportunity to retreat, decompress and revive yourself so you can recharge for the next day. The accommodations will typically include:
During your down time, you will also have the opportunity to visit some historical or culturally interesting locations, or participate in giving back in other ways, as well as enjoy the other amenities provided by the resort.
H3Missions trips require that all volunteers be high school age or older, unless participating as a family. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
The safety of our volunteers is extremely important to us. An American or Haitian representative of H3Missions, Inc. assists all groups and is available to answer questions. We will always have translators present to help with communication. The resorts where we stay also have 24-hour security guards on the grounds. Additional security at project sites will be available as needed. Representatives from H3Missions will be present with anyone from the group while traveling to different work sites, at sightseeing locations or around town.
Once you arrive in Haiti, H3Missions will provide all ground transportation. We’ll pick you up from the airport and return you to the airport in time for your return flight home. All volunteers are responsible for getting to/from their local airport in the States. We’ll provide guidance on international travel once a trip week is selected. We will also provide additional information or answer any questions you might have. Please use this link to contact us and we will get back to you promptly. Thank you
Important Suggestion: Don’t try to change products like shampoo, conditioner, soap, clothes or anything else that you might be accustom to just before or during your Haiti trip. Having familiar products will be important while you are abroad. Please reivew the what to pack continuation below.
NOTE: H3Missions, Inc. is not not qualified to dispense medical advice. Please consult with your family doctor or with a travel medicine specialist for professional guidance prior to traveling with us to Haiti.
Haiti does NOT require immunizations. We suggest that you visit this website www.cdc.gov/travel for information on recommended immunizations, medical precautions and how to handle prescriptions on your trip. Also, please contact your doctor about 8 weeks before you travel to make sure that you are up to date on your tetanus and Hepatitis A & B shots. Furthermore, you’ll want to make sure you have malaria medication with you on the trip.
The official Haitian currency is the gourde. (Click here to see the exchange rate). It is not necessary to exchange your U.S. Currency since the U.S. dollar is accepted in most places in Haiti. We suggest that you bring a small amount of cash ($50 to $200) in lower denominations such as one and five dollar bills. Credit cards might work at the resorts but there are many places that won’t accept them.
Unfortunately, we are unable to refund any trip fees or donations accepted on your behalf. Your registration and deposit demonstrate your commitment to the trip. The money you have donated will go toward our work and will help enhance the lives of the people of Haiti. You can also use it as a tax write off.
H3Missions, Inc. cares about nurturing long term partnerships. This will allow us to make an impact over time. Although it’s not required to become a monthly donor, we ask that all volunteers donate no less than $5 per month for at least a 12 month period. You can do this by clicking any donate button on our website. Keep in mind, you can designate your funds to go toward a specific campaign or to H3Missions, Inc. and we will disburse the money to the project that needs it the most.
At the level of Economic and Financial Infrastructures, the municipality is quite well equipped. There are several hotels, restaurants, two credit unions, and two marketing co-operative centers. Market days: Saturdays.
Arcahaie is also known for Plantain production. It is estimated that 60% of the agricultural land in Arcahaie is devoted to the production of the tastiest plantains in Haiti. Many springs water the territory of the commune, which also receives the waters of the White River, rivers Courjol, Torcelle, Bretelles, and those which take the name of the rural sections.
On the side of religion, ninety-six temples (chapels included) were listed in the municipality of Arcahaie. 20 Catholic churches including three parishes and seventeen chapels, five Baptist churches, and five Adventist churches for the most important were inventoried in the town.
St. Marc is a large port town surrounded by mountains. At all times, there are many boats in the port, typically sail boats. The town was first settled in 1716, then located in the French colony of Saint-Domingue.
The town is located on flat land close to the sea but its edges extend into the foothills. From these vantage points, the ocean is sometimes viewable. The city has a few park spaces, including Place Cite Nissage Saget. These parks are often surrounded by vendors with carts full of goods.
Local residents enjoy the rich culture of St. Marc and it is considered a safe place to live. About 60% of the population lives in the communal section, meaning outside of town. As a result, they are beyond its infrastructure and lack drainage systems, electricity and potable water.
During the Amerindian period this area was called “Xarama” by the Taïno people. The area around the town was given the name “Valparaíso” by Christopher Columbus after landing here in the late evening of December 6, 1492, and today still contains many attractive beaches and cave locations. A ferry operates between the town and Tortuga island, (La Tortue), called “Gusaeni Cahini” by the Taïnos, which is situated just across the water.
The town was founded in 1665 by French filibusters, driven from Tortuga Island by the British occupiers. In 1676 the capital of the French Colony of Saint-Domingue was moved from Tortuga to Port-de-Paix, and it remained the seat of government until 1711 when the capital was moved to Cap-Français. In 1676, Padrejean escaped from slavery in the Port. In 1679 the town saw the first black slave revolt. The area saw great success during the 18th century but on February 27, 1903 the town was almost entirely destroyed by fire, and never attained its former status.
Montrouis is a coastal communal section in Haiti, located in the department of Artibonite, south of Saint-Marc. Montrouis is one of the most important beach tourism destinations in Haiti, with several well renowned hotels and resorts, including the Moulin-sur-Mer. The town is located on the Côtes-des-Arcadins, one of Haiti’s longest stretches of pure white sand beaches. It is also an exceptional place for sailing and fishing.
Deschapelles (Haitian Creole: Dechpel) is a town in the Verrettes commune, in the Artibonite department of Haiti. It is located approximately 54 km north of the capital, Port-au-Prince, and has 4 to 5000 inhabitants Approximately. Deschapelles is where the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti is located.
Croix-des-Bouquets is a northern suburb in the Port-au-Prince metropolitan area. Haiti is world-famous for its exuberant art, richly influenced by nature, history and religion, both Christian and Vodou. The entire village of Croix des Bouquets is a good example of Haitian creativity – it resonates with the sounds of clanging and banging of the mallets and chisels in the process of transforming raw metal into stunning, and often haunting, iron sculptures. The city of Croix-des-Bouquets is on the Plaine du Cul-de-Sac, where many people grow organic foods such as beans, sweet potato, and corn.
On March 22, 1792, the city was the scene of one of the first battles of the Haitian Revolution.
Prior to the 12 January 2010 earthquake, the once crowded city had been restored. The streets had been cleaned up, wholesale merchants and other commerce had been relocated to Port-au-Prince. Retail commerce which once crowded sidewalks downtown now had a dedicated building.