Haiti Journals

Haiti, Land of Beauty and Beasts!

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A March 2007 trip to Haiti by ladyanne47

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Quote: My first mission trip to Haiti introduced me to some of the most beautiful people and land I have ever seen.

Haiti, Land of Beauty and Beasts!

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Overview

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As an American visiting a poverty-riddled third-world country that is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, I thought I was going there with something to give, however I returned with so much more: a huge lesson in humility and a passionate love affair with the most beautiful people I have ever seen in my life. Their beauty runs skin deep into their very souls. Just to watch them walk, backs straight and heads held high, they take long, slow strides conserving their energy in the intense heat. It is almost like a modern dance.I believe that Haiti is one of those countries that you cannot even begin to answer the overview questions. "Best thing to do and memorable moments" would never fit ...Read More

Cap Haitien and surrounding area.

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The bay in Cap-Hatien, Haiti. Photo, Cap-Haitien, Haiti
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Cap-Haitien has a population of 100,000 and is the second largest city in Haiti. It has a rich history and there are plenty of places to visit in the surrounding area. The best beaches are to the northwest, about a half hour by car. The city lies on the west side of a small cape on Haiti's north coast. The best places to stay are Les Jardins de l'Ocean, Brise de Mer, and Hotel Mont Joli. The extremely cheap places are mostly long-term for local residents, sailors, and taptap drivers. There are no phones and little security. One thing to know about though is that some of the mid-range hotels cost the same as a luxury hotel, so it is good to choose the better ones, which will cost the same in the lon...Read More

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Du Nord Mountain area of Haiti

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Men returning on horseback from a day in the field Photo, Haiti, Caribbean
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Exploring the rural dirt roads of the Haitian countryside and traveling to remote villages in the mountains to work with the children who we processed for child sponsorship was my favorite part of being in Haiti. It is a tropical paradise of beauty, sky, mountain, and flora. The everyday life of the Haitian is full of survival. Living off the land or harvesting a crop to sell in addition to that makes the countryside an interesting place to see. Animals roam freely to graze and many look so thin it is a wonder they are still alive. Pigs, donkeys, cattle, and goats are loose everywhere. Some of the smaller stock wear triangular yokes on their necks to keep them from entering the small huts and...Read More

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Flying to Haiti on a MFI Plane!

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Going to Haiti was something I would have never planned on doing on my own, but when I became involved with a child sponsorship program that is based in Maine from which I picked several children to sponsor, I could not pass up the opportunity to join a mission team and go to Haiti and work with the children directly in Terrier Rouge and the surrounding villages with this organization. It is called "His Hands for Haiti" and it gives 100% of the money from the sponsors to the children because all the work is donated and done by volunteers like myself. The total cost to sponsor for one year and provide a child with tuition, uniform, books, and one hot meal a day (and for some their only meal) is ONLY $8...Read More
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As you travel along the few dusty rural roads of the Haitian countryside and even in the similarly dusty streets of the country's cities and towns, you will notice how strikingly beautiful the children are. The children of Haiti, I would say, are Haiti's most beautiful and valuable asset. They are all gorgeous, with the biggest whitest smiles that Americans envy and spend a fortune trying to acquire. They have so much spunk, and love to laugh, but mostly they are extremely lovable and snuggly. Holding hands is a big pastime in Haiti. Many times, you will see children and grown people walking hand in hand or with their arms around each other. This affection is normal to them and they are not ashamed to...Read More
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When we first arrived at the village of Terrier Rouge which would be our home for the next two weeks, we were welcomed by all the neighborhood children who knew we were coming. They met us at the gate of the backyard and helped us unload. The house was simple but of high standards, Haitian style. We even had indoor bathrooms that had flushing toilets and cement showers that were fed by a water holding tank in the courtyard which was reached by a ladder and filled by hand with buckets lifted up, one by one. The separate cookhouse was where our meals were prepared by local women hired by the pastor who owned the house and took care of visiting missionaries. Our beds were American style, the back of t...Read More
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Come along with me on a walk through the village of Terrier Rouge. As a missionary, you can go be among the people in their daily life and we have an advantage over a tourist because we get to live with and in the same lifestyle as the people as much as possible. As soon as you leave the back gate, there are at least three children playing nearby who immediately grab your hand and intend on accompanying you wherever you go. You do not, I would like to add, have any say in the matter. Eventually you look like the Pied Piper because you will have several more children following you and your teammates, each hand is held, and you soon look like a parade of white and black bodies intertwined. We have ...Read More