Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with 80 percent of the population living on less than a $1 a day. Long before the devastating 7.0 earthquake in January 2010, the Caribbean nation of 10 million has struggled to feed and shelter its expanding population because of corrupt government and slavery, desperate poverty and disease.
Highland Park Pres first began its involvement with Haiti Outreach Ministries (HOM) in the wake of the earthquake through the recommendation of the Outreach Foundation of how best to deploy funds contributed by our members for relief. Our Project Haiti partnership has continued to grow over the years with regular mission trips and donations.
You can have a major part in changing the lives of the people in Haiti by taking part in this partnership in one of four ways:
Pray for a spiritual awakening among the people of Haiti as well as a commitment to make educating their children a priority in an effort to combat the devastating poverty and corruption.
HOM's current five year expansion plan includes finishing the high school building, expanding their elementary building spaces, develop vocational training, expansion of church facilities, and developing a pastoral training center. By making a donation to the Haiti Designated Giving Opportunity, you are helping to complete the construction on the high school that will provide a quality Christian education to 150 students a year.
Give to Haiti
Sponsor a child for as low as $30 a month. Your support will cover school fees, food, books, uniforms, and everything else a child needs to receive a good education and begin to break the cycle of poverty and change their future.
Sponsor a Child
Be the hands and feet of Christ on an upcoming trip to Haiti. Email Allison Murphy for information.
For more information, contact Allison Murphy, Missions Coordinator
What are the accommodations?
We will be staying at the HOM compound. These are bunk bed dormitories with attached shared bathrooms. The accommodations are simple but clean.
We will be staying at the Palm Inn Hotel. The trip price includes a basic room with two beds (double occupancy). Participants may pay to upgrade to private rooms or suites. The hotel is simple but clean.
What is the food like?
Breakfast and dinner are generally eaten at the compound and consists of basic but good and safe foods. For lunch the team makes up sandwiches to take to the church with them. There is always plenty of bottled water available everywhere we will go.
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Lunch and dinner will be eaten at the compound or hotel.
Will there be any time to do any sightseeing?
There will be a tour of Port-au-Prince to see some of the local landmarks and the juxtaposition of the beauty and the poverty that exists in Haiti.
Will I need vaccinations or immunizations?
Check the vaccines and medicines list at cdc.org/travel. Visit your doctor or local clinic (ideally, 4-6 weeks) before your trip to get vaccines or any medications you may need. Also make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
CDC recommends these vaccines & medicines for Haiti:
- Hepatitis A
- Malaria Prevention Medication
Learn more about our partner in Haiti, Haiti Outreach Ministries.