Haiti Mission Trip 2017
Read the post-trip report submitted by our 2017 missioners: Follow up report- 2016 Mission Tithe Matching Grant
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A team of four people from St. Paul’s will be among a group of twenty embarking on a medical and educational mission trip to Haiti from March 4 through 11, 2017. Their home base in Haiti will be Léogâne, a seaside town about eighteen miles west of Port-au-Prince. Léogâne was at the epicenter of the 2010 earthquake that devastated the country. In 2012 Hurricane Sandy caused further destruction to an already severely damaged area, and Hurricane Matthew in 2016 damaged many areas that had recently been rebuilt. The St. Paul’s team is partnering with a team from the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA, which has coordinated six mission trips to Léogâne since 2011.
The medical team plans to visit five different villages in the Léogâne area. Team members will help provide medical services to adults and children who have no access to routine care, including managing blood pressure, testing and treating malaria, providing glasses, and offering very basic dental care, which is mostly extractions. St. Paul’s has also established a relationship with FSIL, the only four-year baccalaureate nursing program in Haiti, by providing scholarships for their students. Last year a team from St. Paul’s worked directly with the school to develop a vegetable garden and organize their library. FSIL nursing students will travel with the medical team as part of their training.
Our Advent Giving Tree collected over $3600 to support the mission trip and the nursing school. St. Paul’s is enthusiastically committed to helping the Haiti mission team by:
- making cloth bags for the villagers to carry their prescribed medicines and paperwork home and simple beanbags to help occupy the children waiting at the clinics
- collecting children’s vitamins, non-prescription reading glasses, toothbrushes and toothpaste for the medical clinics
Tax-deductible donations to support our Haiti Mission are always welcome. Checks should be payable to St. Paul’s, with a note on the memo line for “Haiti Fund.” For more information about this year’s mission trip, contact Rev. Rachel Wildman.
Scenes from the MLK Day bag-making workshop:
Measuring and cutting fabric
Ironing the creases before sewing
A finished bean bag for kids at the clinic to play with.
Sewing the bag seams and handles.