Top Ways You Can Help Haiti in 2017

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Many people are wanting to know how to help Haiti now. The needs of the people and the situation of the country changes. If you are looking for how you can help Haiti in 2017, these points explain the most important ways you can support the mission to heal Haiti.

Donate to Haiti

Donating supplies such as clothes, shoes, baby formula and vitamins are often the immediate basic needs requested by relief organizations. Checking directly with the organization is recommended to avoid donating items they may already have a surplus of. You can also get specific information about how to send your goods from the individual organizations, as well.

Money is always the quickest way to help get medical supplies, housing, food and other emergency funding relief to those in need. Always thoroughly research the organization you are giving cash to so you know exactly where it is going and how it will be used.

Volunteer in Haiti 2017

Whether you are considering a short-term mission trip to Haiti or a long-term mission trip to Haiti, the backing of a volunteer organization is crucial. Taking mission trips to Haiti through a volunteer organization ensures you have a plan, supplies, and preparation to maximize efforts for relief where the need is the greatest.

Volunteering through an organization like Healing Haiti is much safer than making a mission trip on your own.

Start a Campaign

Organizing a fundraiser or community drive is a wonderful way to help Haiti. Educating your group by staying informed of the current needs in Haiti motivates your family, friends, church and other social and local groups to get involved.

Contact Healing Haiti for information about campaigns and fundraisers that were successfully done by other organizations.

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Pray

Prayer is a powerful part of the Healing Haiti mission. Pray for the peace and comfort of the Haitian people. Pray for the missionaries and the mission trip organizers. Pray for God’s guidance and grace as we glorify Him in all we do.

You can help heal Haiti now with any of these suggestions. If you have any questions or ideas about helping, contact Healing Haiti today.

Top 3 Misconceptions About Traveling to Haiti

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Some myths about Haiti cause concern for people wanting to plan mission trips to Haiti in 2017. Like all mission trips abroad, mission trip organization, preparation and knowledge are necessary for a safe and successful experience.

Myths About Haiti

The most common myths about Haiti center on crime, disease and natural disasters. These myths are sometimes sensationalized by the media. It would be a shame for these myths about Haiti to prevent you from experiencing the beauty of this country and the warm and welcoming nature of the Haitian people.

These are the three top myths and the actual truths you should know when considering a mission trip to Haiti:

Myth #1: Haiti has extremely high violent crime rates. Compared to other Caribbean countries, Haiti’s violent crime ranks low. Jamaica is considered a very popular Caribbean tourist destination, and the murder rate in Jamaica is more than seven times the murder rate in Haiti.
 
The 2005 kidnapping issue was a serious problem for tourists, volunteers and long term foreign residents throughout Haiti. Ransom kidnappings twelve years later are rare and confined almost exclusively to Port au Prince. Muggings at night are not unique to Haiti. Being vigilant and not doing things such as walking alone at night and being careful when using an ATM are universal precautions to be taken everywhere including Haiti.
 
Myth #2: Haiti is known for infectious diseases. Infectious diseases can be prevented and managed when preparing for a mission trip abroad. The Centers for Disease Control has recommendations vaccinations and medications for diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis A, typhoid, cholera and malaria. Proper planning to allow one month prior to your departure for single-dose inoculations and several more weeks for two-stage series vaccinations is all that’s needed to keep you healthy.
 
Myth #3: Haiti has too many natural disasters. The poor infrastructure in Haiti causes the country to be hit harder by bad weather and natural disasters. Like in many other developing countries, it is not necessarily the number of natural disasters that strike — it is the lack of efficient response systems.
 
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Since you never know when disaster will strike wherever you travel, preparation is your best defense. Seasoned mission and recreational travelers have shared these tips:
 
• Purchase reliable travel insurance. Travel insurance will give you peace of mind regarding medical expenses, lost luggage and other losses while traveling and flight accident coverage.
 
• Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to help with a lost passport, warning updates and evacuations.
 
• Carry both a digital and paper back-up of your passport, emergency contacts and travel insurance. Keep the paper copies separate from the originals in case of loss or theft.
 
Now that the myths have been dispelled, join others who have experienced the beauty, love and life-changing adventure that awaits you in Haiti.

TOP 5 REASONS TO GO ON A SHORT-TERM MISSION TRIP TO HAITI

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Whether it’s a Haiti mission trip for college students or high school students, a Healing Haiti mission trip can provide purpose by ministering to others, and personal impact on your own life.  God calls us to be stretched for him and when we take that step of obedience to go, we allow Him to do His best work in us.  The impact can forever change your life!

Top 5 reasons to go on a short-term mission trip to Haiti

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  1. Change Other People’s Lives and Your Own

God will use you in mighty ways when you open up your heart to others.  As you are ministering to our Haitian brother’s and Sisters, something happens.  You feel a connection to the Lord like no other.  Jesus stated that “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do for me”.  When you love on orphaned children and care for abandoned elderly, you begin to see how God can use those moments to change your perspective and change your heart.  Love others as you love yourself takes on new meaning.

  1. Jesus tells to “Go, Make Disciples of All Nations” (Matthew 28:19)

It’s the great commission…and we GET TO do it.  Sharing the love of Christ through physical touch, prayer, worship and relationship building are just some of the ways you get to be the hands and feet of Christ.  You will have the opportunity to love people, share Gods’ word through interpreters and simply love like Jesus loved.  Serving the people of Cite Soleil by delivering fresh water is another way we get to bring hope and shine the light of Christ to so many in need.

  1. Broaden Your Perspective of Other Cultures

We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world and we have so much.  Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and they have so little.  When you are given the opportunity to experience life in Haiti, you begin to see the world through a different lens.  You begin to realize that all of our “stuff” does not matter.  You are given the opportunity to reflect “What is God trying to teach me”?  When your worldview is changed, your outlook is broadened and you can begin to see how God can use your time, talent and treasure for His glory.

  1. Help Haitians with Basic Needs

Healing Haiti believes that we should not do for Haitians what Haitians can do for themselves.  Rather, we want to come alongside our brothers and sisters and help build them up so that they can flourish in life.  We believe in job creation, education, and long-term sustainability.  We help with some of life’s basic needs by delivering fresh water to Cite Soleil and we help to bring education where many cannot afford it.

  1. Challenge Your Comfort Zone and Bring a Greater Purpose to Your Life

Serving with purpose requires you to depend on God in a way you may have never had to before.  Allowing God to stretch us gives Him the opportunity to do His best work in our hearts, and it can change us forever.  You will be challenged and you will grow…now is the time to find out how a Haiti mission trip can transform your life!