FRIENDS OF THE PEOPLE OF HAITI has sponsored several medical and work missions to St. Anne’s. Recently, within a one- week timeframe, our team of 10-12 members typically completes approximately 10 house repairs of replacing corrugated tin roofing, pouring concrete floors and building neighborhood latrines.
JOIN US ON OUR NEXT MISSION TRIP! - CANCELLED
JANUARY 28 - FEBRUARY 6, 2020
OUR LAST MISSION TRIP:
January 30 - February 8, 2018
A team of 9 people headed to Haiti earlier this year to repair 10 houses!
Meet the Mission Team:
Front seated: Denise Musgrove; back left to right: Dave Bileddo, Paul VanderVennet, Luann Polissaint, Linda Clewell, Marlene Shattuck, Mary Knepp, Jack Knepp. Missing: Tim Kennedy
REFLECTIONS FROM TEAM MEMBERS:
From David Bileddo:
Hello everybody. I'm finally feeling well enough to write a few words about my mission. I am so thankful and grateful for the opportunity for this experience the letters love Fellowship overwhelmed me. Haiti is truly a beautiful country. The people are so friendly so quick to smile so grateful. It's obvious they are all under heavy burdens but they bear it well. I feel bad that I was sick for much of the time that I gave all that I had that was in me as little and as insignificant as that was. I miss true and I miss my friends I miss the weather, and I'm reminded by something Mother Teresa once said, most of us cannot do great things but we can do small things with great love and I think we did that. And I hope to do it again next year. I want to thank everybody who made this trip possible for me it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I hope to engage again.
From Mary Knepp:
Upon arriving in the airport in Haiti, my senses were assaulted by a variety of sounds, smells and sights. Personal space is a different reality in Haiti. We were warmly greeted by Fr. Charles and 2 of our interpreters Marco and Dominique.
Our group got very close, very quickly! Our nine members,19 duffel bags and a tool kit were packed into and on top of two vehicles for the 4+ hour ride up the mountain to Trouin. Traffic in Port au Prince is kind of crazy and then the road gets narrower and bumpier and curvier, and bumpier and curvier!
It was good to finally arrive in Trouin. We had time for dinner, unpack a bit and get settled so we'd be ready to get to work the next morning. We also meet our third interpreter, Christophe. What a great threesome! They provided much more than interpretation services.
Next morning, after mass, breakfast, and visiting the school's assembly, we started to work. I helped Linda Clewell with interviewing the sponsored children. What a joy! My main job was to take pictures of the kids - all of them so photogenic. They were very well mannered and all very, very grateful for the help they are receiving from the Friends of the People of Haiti.
Our interpreter, Dominique, was wonderful. We learned a few Creole phrases while listening to him translate the questions and answers. We tried to learn more; he was very patient with us.
Some of the children were a bit shy, but Dominique was great at getting them to relax a bit. We even had kids singing to us. It was splendid.
We took several walks around the village. It was quite interesting to see how they live. We encountered women washing clothes in a stream and drying them on the grass. Like people everywhere, they visit with friends and neighbors and watch the children play.
The absolute best part of the trip was meeting the people. The locals were most gracious and friendly, always with big smiles, and hugs and a willingness to share whatever little they had.
Father Charles and his staff were most gracious and hospitable. They made sure we were we'll taken care of and our needs met.
And if course, the people sharing this experience, the team. What a group of dedicated, hard working, generous and wonderful people! It was truly humbling, a blessing and a pleasure to be part of this group.
INTERESTED IN JOINING US ON A TRIP?
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