Haiti Vision Trip With Mission of Hope
We are excited to share a recap of David and his wife Casey’s recent trip to Haiti. David and Casey were in Haiti seeking donation recipients for our refurbished ultrasound equipment outreach program. Read below for Casey’s thoughts on their trip:
Recently, David and I traveled to Haiti on a vision trip with Mission of Hope Haiti. This incredible organization exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti through church advancement, educational development, orphan care, healthcare, and nutrition.
We traveled to Mission of Hope’s headquarters in Titanyen, about 45 minutes from Port-Au-Prince, via a rickety van along steep roads filled with potholes. We dodged streets filled with pedestrians, mopeds and “Tap-Taps” (truck-like taxis that overflow with passengers through the open-air sides). I was immediately struck by the sheer quantity of people everywhere we looked. We climbed a little higher into the mountains and were greeted by amazing views:
The second thing that struck me is that Haiti is absolutely beautiful. As we unpacked and darkness fell I started to feel at home already in a way that’s difficult to explain.
Our day began bright and early the next morning with a tour of the mission’s giant warehouse, where they keep donations from aid organizations and churches. We next visited the main clinic on Mission of Hope’s campus. There, we met the two doctors on staff—both Haitians—Dr. Jennifer and Dr. Alix. They were extremely welcoming and pleased to chat with us (and spoke great English). They showed us the small, portable ultrasound machine they use multiple times a day and Dr. Jennifer referred to it as “her little miracle.” Without it, many of the women they treat would not be able to be diagnosed with potentially life-threatening conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy. The machine only allows OB/GYN use, and Probo is looking into donating a full-service machine to the clinic for other applications.
We then headed to a nearby village for a mobile clinic. Mobile clinics exist to bring healthcare into the villages, as the vast majority of Haitians do not own a car and have trouble making it to the main clinic. The mobile clinics are set up in the village’s churches (which are basically open-air structures with a roof and concrete floor and benches). They operate on a two-month schedule—Mission of Hope returns to each village every two months to do follow-up care and prescribe more medications, diagnoses, etc.
What stood out to us at the mobile clinic (and throughout the whole trip!) was the vulnerability—as well as the joy—of the Haitian children. They loved playing with us and came right up to us with hugs and giggles. However, many were extremely malnourished and lethargic/feverish. It was heartbreaking to see and highlighted the critical importance of the mission in the area. They had a play area with a young Haitian woman to watch over the children while their parents or siblings received care, where Dave and I both made little friends. This little boy walked up to Dave, wrapped his arms around his neck and wouldn’t let go! (Christmas trees are apparently used as decoration all year round!)
We moved on then to do a quick tour through the mission’s prosthetics lab, where villagers are fitted for prosthetic limbs (many are amputees due to the massive earthquake of 2010). It was so neat to see! Following the lab, we drove to the mission’s North campus. There we toured a school and over 600 homes that were built by Mission of Hope after the 2010 earthquake! (We loved that the houses are painted in bright, bold colors!)
We continued through more villages the mission works in and were treated to some beautiful views of life in Haiti:
We continued on to see construction of Grace House, a retirement home for the elderly in the area the mission is building on the beach. We were treated to dinner on the beach and an hour or two of relaxing at the beach hotel ourselves! It was strange to spend time at a nice hotel after being in the villages. The hotel is mostly a place for missionaries/aid workers to go when they have time off from serving, and Haitians who can afford to most likely spend time there as well.
Our time in Haiti was brief but extremely impactful and meaningful. As you can see, it is an absolutely beautiful country with warm, caring people but extreme poverty. We hope that by beginning a relationship with Mission of Hope, we will be able to donate equipment where it is desperately needed. We welcome any questions about the trip, and are so excited to share the beginnings of the difference Probo Medical can make in lives across the world!