Over the years, FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HAITI has sponsored several medical and work missions to St. Anne’s parish in Trouin, Haiti.
Within a one- week timeframe, a team of 10-12 members typically completes approximately 10 house repairs of replacing corrugated tin roofing, pouring concrete floors and building neighborhood latrines. Other mission trips feature a medical focus.
OUR LAST MISSION TRIP TEAM - Jan. 2018
A team of 9 FOPH members went to Haiti to repair 10 houses.
This year continues to see political unrest in Haiti, as well as new pandemic concerns, causing another deep disappointment in the realization we could not travel there again this year.
Fortunately, with the success of last year’s “remote” mission under our belt, we are once again able to employ similar operations, and so Work Mission 2021 (sans Americans) is currently underway from Feb. 22 through March 4, 2021.
We anticipate approximately 8 - 10 houses will be repaired and all 77 Sponsor A Child students will be interviewed.
So far, three teams have been formed, and are working on 3 houses:
- Paulette House
- Averna House
- Sebastien House
When we realized we would not be able to travel to Trouin for our February 2020 mission due to political unrest, we were heartbroken for many reasons. We love our friends in Trouin, and miss them terribly; their smiles, their hugs, their friendship. Also, they depend on the Work Mission for employment and income, and to serve those waiting patiently for home repairs. We couldn't let them down. So we had to figure out: How could we activate the work mission sans Americans?
Fortunately, we had established good working relationships with our interpreters and workers and we thought, "They know what to do, and how to do it... we don't have to be there." So we contracted our 3 interpreters to be our liaisons and supervisors for the mission work. Here’s how it worked:
- Father was in charge of gathering the materials and selecting the houses to be repaired.
- We sent funds in advance for the materials.
- We set clear expectations that we need daily reports and before and after photos of each house.
- We also required to have all our Sponsor A Child students (approximately 80) interviewed, photos taken, and letters written (and translated by our interpreters) to their sponsors. They sent these documents via their phones to our team members here.
In the end, Work Mission 2020 was a success! We accomplished repairs for 8 houses and interviews for all SAC students. The workers earned income, and houses were repaired, and SAC interviews finished! Although it is definitely not the same as being there, and we value our in-person friendships, we felt humbled and proud we could find a way to help.