Haiti's Heart's mission is simple — it is based on respect and love for a culture that has experienced many difficulties. Haiti's culture is rich with creativity, ingenuity, and beauty, yet natural disasters, poverty, and political upheavals have left children and adults without options to provide for themselves and their loved ones. The Haitian people are bright, intelligent, and full of hope, yearning for their opportunity to be self-reliant. Our services provide opportunities and trusted relationships with communities and people through the arts, service, and humanitarian efforts. We focus on community strengths! We teach trade skills and offer dental and medical humanitarian trips. We believe this: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime." We ask volunteers to become students and learn much by engaging in this beautiful culture by serving through our humanitarian mission one Haitian Heart at a time.
Haiti's Heart is a passionate group with a deep love for serving the people of Haiti. Although we are focused on humanitarian efforts, Haiti's Heart is a non-profit organization providing education through scholarships that allow children to attend school and can teach trade skills to older children and adults who often have no other options. In addition, we dedicate volunteered time and resources through our medical and dental trips across the orphanages and villages in Haiti. Please help and join us in our great cause to serve one Haitian Heart! We have a variety of causes where we can serve.
One of my favorite joys of being part of Haiti’s Heart non-profit organization is seeing
and experiencing the goodness in people firsthand. One day I took my kids to Another
Level Barbershop for haircuts. The owner Arthur Owens greeted me warmly. Our family
is what is known as a conspicuous family. My husband and I adopted three children of a
different race than we are. This often piques people’s curiosity, and the questions follow.
Arthur started questioning me about my Haitian sons and Haiti. I was expecting all the
usual questions when Arthur surprised me.
He said, “Are you still involved in Haiti?” not knowing I was. He then shared some of his
own life stories. His mother died when he was just 14 years of age. He then explained
that his guiding light was gone, and he made all the wrong choices, eventually ending
him in prison. He explained that his cousin Robbie Findley was one of the only people
who continued to influence his life positively. Robbie still believed in Arthur’s goodness
and heart. Arthur completed his prison sentence and paid his debt to society. Robbie
then put Arthur through barbering school so that he would have the skills to make a
positive living. Arthur is often called in as a motivational speaker to speak to troubled
youth. Arthur is as real as they come. He has experienced deep pain and loss as a
result of bad choices. He shares his stories openly to make a positive difference in this
world. As our conversation ensued, Arthur asked me if I could take him to Haiti and
involve him with older kids who have lost their guiding lights and might be struggling.
Arthur expressed his desire to teach barbering skills to older orphan boys or street kids
in an attempt to give them a way to provide for themselves. (Sort of a pay-it-forward
tribute to Robbie.) This desire speaks deeply to my heart. Haiti’s Heart was founded for
and about that very desire. Arthur and I began working together to make Arthur’s dream
a reality. We will attend Haiti August 4-14 to teach an intensive barbering skills
workshop. If the kiddos complete the barbering workshop, they will be given the tools
they need to begin barbering in Haiti. We need financial help purchasing tool kits for the
students and covering travel expenses for our crew of 4.
If you can donate, your charitable donation is tax-deductible. Honestly, any amount
helps! Please add to the notes on your donation that you would like the money to be
applied to the particular project, and it will be done. Follow our blog for updates.
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We offer many types of trips depending on the needs we identify where we can make a difference. Our trips are often booked well in advance. If there is a need and we have willing participants, we can create additional service trips. We are always looking for volunteers of all ages who are willing to be students of a new culture and/or to share their talents. If any of this speaks to your heart, we would love to hear from you. Please fill out the "question form" and tell us about you and your interests.
There is always risk when traveling, especially to third world countries. We do watch the political climate, weather forecasts, and any other possible risks factors, and will reschedule trips if we feel there is any danger to our teams. We have safety-based trip training modules that all participants must complete prior to travel.
The cost varies depending on the specific trip purpose and the time of year. The cost range has been anywhere from $1,800 to $2,500 per person with a 7-day average length of stay. This covers airfare, in-country transportation, room and board.
The answer is a big fat YES! Sometimes helping can hurt everyone. We require a "When Helping Hurts" training for every participant based on the book, When Helping Hurts. Our intent is to do good. With just a little knowledge, we can avoid some major mistakes and pitfalls to helping in third world countries.