HAITI

Overview about Haiti:

Haiti, the only nation in the world that was established as a result of a successful slave rebellion, has a rich and proud history. Often associated with Vodou and creole food, Haiti has a culture distinct from its neighboring nations.
While it is estimated that up to 95% of Haitians are Christians, many Haitians also practice Vodou alongside Christianity. When Christianity was first practiced in Haiti, the African Americans from West Africa would disguise their Ioa, or spirits, as catholic saints. This practice continues in Haiti, as approximately half of all Christians also practice some degree of Vodou.

Haiti has a hot climate with temperatures ranging between 20° C and  30° C. For more information click here.

Visa:

American visitors to Haiti do not need a visa if their visit is less than 90 days long.
However, all travelers need a valid passport. Full visa rules can be found here.

Coptic Mission in Haiti:

The Coptic Mission in Haiti have partnered with a local hospital as well as a local NGO to maximize the impact of service. The hospital, Hospital Bon Samaritain, is located near the northern coast of Haiti, in a town called Limbe. The airport in this region is called Hugo Chávez International (CAP) Airport. Noramise, the NGO we have partnered with, has strong local roots to the region we are serving. Started by a US- trained, Haitian physician, Noramise has expanded and become much more than a health care NGO.
Today they are involved with training youth to use computers, plant and grow crops, and even start small businesses. More information on Noramise is available here.

Come & Serve:

CMANA has contributed in serving the people of Haiti over the past 2 years through partnering with a local hospital as well as a local NGO. The hospital is located in a town called Limbe. On the other hand Noramise the NGO that CMANA partnered with has strong local roots to the region where they serve, they are involved with training the youth to use computers, plant and grow crops and even start small businesses.

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Exchange rates:

The local currency is called the Haitian Gourde. Sixty Gourde is roughly equal to one US dollar. Typical meals in restaurants cost approximately five US dollars. Current exchange rates can be found here.

The local currency is called the Haitian Gourde. Sixty Gourde is roughly equal to one US dollar. Typical meals in restaurants cost approximately five US dollars. Current exchange rates can be found here.

Health Advisory:

The CDC advises that travelers to Haiti are up to date on vaccinations such as Hepatitis A and Typhoid, as well as take malaria prophylaxis. A full list of CDC recommendations can be found here. Tap water in Haiti is not suitable for consumption.

Cultural Customs and Food:

Haitians are a generally expressive, yet respectful people. There is a strong belief in faith healing, particularly through use of Vodou practices. Haitians tend to see time as flexible, and do not consider it impolite to show up to appointments a little late. Interactions between genders tends to be cordial, a handshake is the preferred greeting.

Haitian food tends to be very flavorful and spicy. The main staples include rice and beans served with vegetables and fish. Haitian food combines African, French, and Caribbean styles into a different, uniquely Haitian style.

May 2016 Mission Trip Overview:

During the 2016 Mission Trip to Haiti, with the Grace of God and the support of 15 health care medical professionals and students: 750 patients were examined and treated:

  • Surgery team: Examined and treated 150 patients and performed 40 surgeries including Gynecology cases
  • Medicine team: Examined and treated 350 patients
  • Dental team: Examined and treated 150 patients and treated 100 patients with filling and extractions
  • Pharmacy team dispensed about 600 pounds of medications and over 500 prescriptions

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