Haiti is a beautiful country in the Caribbean, sharing the same island as the Dominican Republic. It is also the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere with on-going natural disasters and political instability hindering its progress.
In 2007 we helped co-found Hopital Convention Baptiste d’Haiti which is now one of the leading hospitals in northern Haiti, just outside of Cap-Haitien, one of Haiti’s largest cities. The hospital is now a 100 bed facility that supports 270 local Haitian staff. We specialise in maternal health, infant health, rehabilitation and respite care for people with disabilities, community health and trauma. All of our volunteering opportunities in Haiti are based at the hospital and respite centre.
We require volunteers to respectfully work alongside our Haitian team, learning from one another and serving their needs. Our heart is to equip and empower local capacity so there is a heavy emphasis on teaching and building to that end. We love welcoming people of all faiths and none to volunteer, but volunteers should be comfortable working within the hospital and HHAs Christian ethos.
‘I’ve been volunteering at HHA's Neonatal Unit in Haiti for several years. I normally go for 1 week and love the experience every time. HHA is a really inclusive charity and everyone’s made to feel part of the family. There are many challenges in such a low resource setting but it is incredibly satisfying seeing the improvements over the years. HHA is making a tangible impact on newborn and maternal health across the region and it is a privilege to be involved. If you can spare a week or two, I’d thoroughly recommend volunteering with HHA.’
Vimal, UK Neonatal Consultant, regular short-term volunteer in Haiti
‘I’ve been involved with HHA in Haiti over the last 12 years and, without hesitation, can say that using the skills I’ve acquired over my lifetime to assist the people of Haiti has been unbelievably rewarding. Also, the small part I’ve played in establishing the hospital and it’s improvements has made me realise that the little I have can be multiplied beyond what I thought could ever be possible. When a life is saved, in a small way, I helped!’
George, UK Plumber, regular short-term volunteer in Haiti
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