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2012 Hope for Haiti Team Bulletin


The 2012 Hope for Haiti Team, led by team coordinator Verna Smith, will make a 16-day mission trip to Bayonnais January 21-February 6, 2012, flying from Miami to Port-au-Prince on Saturday, January 21, and returning to Miami on Monday, February 6. ICDM director Yvan Pierre and field coordinator Rosemond Pierre will meet the team in Port-au-Prince and travel with the team directly to Bayonnais.

Already signed on to the team: Verna Smith, Phil Smith, Marlene K. Whitlatch, Lucretia Brown and Connie Coleman. We need additional qualified team members to go for one or both weeks. Especially needed are trained medical and dental professionals and helpers to adequately staff the clinic, and work alongside ICDM’s medical school graduates and students.

To join the team you must begin the application process immediately. You will need a valid passport, up-to-date inoculations as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and an anti-malarial prescription from your doctor. (Go to the CDC site for information regarding travel to Haiti.)

Please contact team coordinator, Verna Smith, at 407-922-6377 or 574-293-7131, or email her to request team information, team member guidelines, an application form, and a list of recommended clothing and personal items you will need.

Trip expense will be $1300 per team member to cover round-trip airfare from Miami to Port-au-Prince, land transportation in Haiti, lodging, meals, bottled water and incidentals. One half of this amount is due at sign-on and the balance by November 15, 2011. Team members are also responsible for their own travel to and from Miami. In addition, team members are requested to help raise funds for the team projects, including the final needs for the Center of Hope, medical supplies for the clinic, and food for the school children and staff, and for Haitian workers and visitors attending the meetings, building dedication and other special events.

Schedule of events:

First week: Medical Clinic, Vacation Bible School, Teen and Young Adult Rally, Center of Hope construction work.

Second week: Medical Clinic, Center of Hope construction work, Center of Hope dedication, Leadership Training Conference, Women’s Conference.

This 16-day mission experience will be an immersion in hands-on ministry. Whether you have previously gone on a mission trip, or have never gone but thought you would like to go some day, this may be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!