Who We Are - H3Missions
A Non Profit Company bringing Help for Hurting Humanity.
A Non Profit Company bringing Help for Hurting Humanity.
H3Missions was founded in April 2010 by a group of compassionate individuals who wanted to respond to the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti’s island nation in January of that year.
We conducted our first medical mission with a group of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals tending to the thousands of wounded survivors.
After seeing the destruction and the great need for humanitarian services, we knew this would become a long term effort. To that effect, we worked to incorporate the organization into an IRS recognized 501c3 non-profit.
“We conducted our first medical mission with a group of doctors, nurses, and other health professionals tending to the thousands of wounded survivors.”
In addition to the medical and dental missions, we have also constructed classrooms at an existing school, dug wells, installed water purification systems, and worked on installing solar power at the clinic, which we support.
Each mission trip also includes a food distribution hike carrying food to the poorest people in the most remote areas. We thank you for your interest in us and your kind support of our efforts!
People are dying from medical conditions that can be treated.
It is our mission to bring medical professionals to Haiti to give
HOPE and HELP to save lives.
H3Missions, Inc. responded to that need. With only nine people, our first team worked in tent cities, orphanages, and out “in-the-bush” working under tarps, reaching those most in need. Our priority was to find remote areas with little to no access to medical or dental professional care. Our largest team was 80 people over 16 days; some team members staying for only one week, and others for the entire period. We saved and changed lives.
“After 32 trips to Haiti over the last nine years, with medical professionals from all over the United States, we have been able to provide the care needed to make a difference.”
We believe in a teaching approach with Haitian medical professionals while working to meet Haitian children and adults’ needs. Also, we continue to work with many excellent medical and dental schools across the country, bringing the latest in techniques to the local healthcare professionals with whom we work. Lastly, medical, dental, nursing, and other allied health students have participated with us, gaining significant hands-on experience as team members. After 32 trips to Haiti over the last nine years, with medical professionals from all over the United States, we have been able to provide the care needed to make a difference.
Even before the terrible earthquake in January 2010, Haiti’s healthcare system was straining under the weight of an ever-expanding population, insufficient infrastructure, and numerous disasters. After the earthquake, approximately 60% of hospitals were damaged and/or destroyed, and a significant number of medical professionals perished. With estimates of 300,000 fatalities and another 300,000 seriously injured, the Haitian people found themselves in dire need of basic medical and dental attention, not to mention specialty surgical services that many of us take for granted. Ailments such as a broken leg in Haiti created immobility, leading to starvation or a burn that became a deadly infection and a decaying tooth, which was the source of a heart attack.
Dental Clinics: We usually hold our dental clinic in late June or early July every year. Depending on the teams’ size, we can perform routine and specialty dental and dental hygienic services to over 60 people per day at various Haiti locations.
Medical/Surgical Clinics: We also usually hold our medical and surgical clinics simultaneously as our dental clinics, in late June or early July every year. Upon request, we have put together a special trip for groups from across the country who need an alternative schedule due to their particular scheduling needs. We have performed simple surgeries up to intricate urological, orthopedic, and obstetrical gynecological work. In total, we have completed such services to over 2500 people over the past five years.
Cervical Cancer Screening Clinics: We have had the opportunity to conduct two major cervical cancer screening and training programs at two different Haiti locations. A very preventable disease elsewhere in North America, Haiti is purported to have the third-highest cervical cancer rates globally, primarily because women do not have access to PAP tests, screening, timely diagnosis, and effective treatment.
Our first women’s clinic in October 2015 allowed us to collaborate with the Haitian Ministry of Health and screen and treat 708 women up in Port de Paix, Haiti, over two weeks. We diagnosed 35 women with cancerous or pre-cancerous lesions using colposcopy, and we provided LEEP or other surgical procedures to treat them and ultimately save lives. The H3Missions, Inc. team collaborated with PAPS Team International to provide training to local Haitian medical professionals so that they may continue the screening after we left.
Our current 2018/2019 Cervical Cancer Screening and Training effort will culminate in September 2019. The H3Missions team, with funding from Rotary International, collaborated with the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti, to establish a cervical cancer screening center in the Artibonite Valley.
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.