The joy of being present in every moment, giving and receiving the abundance of love was overwhelming; and a heart stretched with the sufferings of Jesus, this was a spiritually moving experience. Dorothy Russell, SSJ Associate
Mission Haiti Inc. is changing lives--from kindergarten kids to university students, elderly women, a farming community, and the Americans touched by the Haitians we serve. Mission Haiti Inc. proves that a little, by American standards, can go a long way in Haiti to help Haitians help Haitians. How do I know? I've seen it first-hand. I have volunteered for this organization since 2007 and have made three trips in the past three years to visit our partners and projects in Haiti as a board member. We are an all-volunteer organization--0% of donations goes to paying American staff or renting offices in Minneapolis. We rely on in-kind donations as well as monetary donations to get the job done. But we also rely on our great supporters spreading the word of our life-giving work. Thank you!
I traveled to Haiti for this first time this year with Mission Haiti Inc. and it was an amazing experience. It was obvious to me that Mission Haiti has been working and networking in Haiti for many years as evidenced by the strong and good relationships between the board members and our partners in Haiti. I visited the students at the primary and secondary schools, the ladies at the home for elderly and abandoned women, and the sustainable farm project, all of which are making great progress. The ladies sang to us in greeting which was so special. My commitment to support this organization was only made stronger by this experience and I cannot wait to go back!
I started as a rather distant observer and slowly but surely became familiar and then more actively involved in Mission Haiti Inc. From there things just continued on an unplanned path. My daughter and I took our first trip to Haiti in January 2014 and fell head over heels in love with both the country and the people. Mission Haiti is small enough to feel like an extended family and allow anyone who wants to to roll up your sleeves and make a difference and large enough to truly collaborate with the Hatian people in a promising partnership on a global level.
Thanks for your kind words Susie -- nicely said.
Mission Haiti is an amazing organization that is changing lives little by little. I have been a donor for several years and recently joined the Board. I am always amazed by the stories I hear from the people who have traveled there and how resilient the people of Haiti are.
My husband and I have been a part of Mission Haiti since it was founded in 2006. We began going to Haiti in 2005 to visit our sister school of Annunciation and home for elderly women. It was a life changing experience that has brought us many blessings during our retirement years. We both have been back every year, and often more frequently. Each visit increases our dedication and love of all the Haitian people, especially the Sisters of the Companions of Jesus, the children at the school and the women who live in the Village of Jesus. We have experienced the devastation caused 2010 earthquake and several hurricanes and watched as our Haiti friends have worked with determination and certitude to repair and rebuild over the years. We have been encouraged by the growth of the sustainable farm project which the sisters manage and we help to support. Our immersion trips have provided the opportunity for some 56 friends, relatives and parishioners to experience and support our vision and work in Leogane. Connie
I recently traveled to Haiti in June. As a member of the board for MHI, I am truly blessed to be involved with this organization. Leogane, Haiti has become my home away from home. The children at both the primary and secondary school, ladies at the Village of Jesus, the Sister of the Companion of Jesus, and all those living at Bethleem Farm have touched my heart and impacted my life beyond words. I am sincerely grateful for our donors/partners and all they have done in impacting the lives of those whom we serve. Working hand in hand with those in Haiti, we are making a difference. I am fortunate to be able to travel to Haiti and witness this first hand. We have made a lot of progress over the past year due to our partners and donors. The dormitories in the Village are near completion. It has taken years to rebuild from the earthquake. The women in the Village of Jesus are receiving good health care, daily visits from a nurse and monthly visits from a doctor. Children have the opportunity to attend school, receive a daily meal and teachers are continuing in their education to reach a higher level of certification. MHI is sincerely grateful to all those who sponsor a student. Bethleem Farm has just received a tractor and visions of a plentiful harvest are in the future. We are a dedicated group of volunteers that works hands on in Haiti. The Sisters guide us in our steps to help provide what is the best for their community. Thank you once again to all those who support us in our mission, and for all those who pray for us.- Anita
My first trip to Haiti was in 2006. Upon returning, I knew that my heart belonged to Haiti and to all those that I had met. I was truly blessed when I met the staff and children at Annunciation School, the beautiful women that live at the Village of Jesus, and those I met at Bethleem farm. These people are now my family and I am welcomed "home" each time I return. My relationship with all of them has enriched my life. We walk together in our struggles, we celebrate progress, our accomplishments, and embrace our blessings with gratitude. We laugh, cry, and pray as one. It is truly an honor to serve on the board of Mission Haiti Inc. (MHI) and have the opportunity to work side by side with the Haitians whom we serve. I have seen many non-profits in Haiti begin projects and then leave. Mission Haiti supports education, elder care, and sustainable farming in Leogane, Haiti. We are committed to our projects and look forward to the future with hope. MHI is making a difference in the lives of those whom we serve. - Anita
I had the oppotunity to witness the dedication of Mission Haiti Inc. school in Leogane Haiti in 1998. Over the years I have witnessed enrollment growth, classroom expansion and teacher certification. I am a strong believer that education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Mission Haiti Inc. is changing lives by feeding and educating Haitian children. It is an honor to serve on this board, I could not be prouder!