• Villages we collaborated with for our 2015 & 2016 outreach, in La Gonâve & near Les Cayes are among the areas of Haiti that were devastated by Hurricane Matthew. In the aftermath, as we work towards developing long term solutions to partner with these communities as they rebuild, however we must address the immediate need of food, clothes etc. Though aid is being distributed across the area, many of the remote villages, though heavily populated, receive assistance and attention after the needs of the larger cities have been met. Once again Vole Lib Outreach is calling on your assistance.

  • Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13 (NIV)

  • The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27

  • Fight the good fight, finish the race, keep the faith. 2 Timothy 4:7 (paraphrased).

  • Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; Proverb 3:4-5

What to Expect

Logistics

Once we arrive to the Port Au Prince (PAP) airport the Vole Lib Outreach   logistics coordinator, Fito Elysee, will be there to receive us. We are then transported to our headquarters in Ti Baie, Haiti.   We will spend the night at in Tibea and then depart the next morning to our host location. Upon arriving we coordinate with our host pastor and meet our local support team. For the first three days of the camp we begin every morning with a 6am workout to beat the heat. With the help of the support staff we serve the kids with a light breakfast for the kids. After a quick shower, change of clothing, and  breakfast we return to the church to begin praise and worship with the group. After the praise and worship we break the kids into classes based upon age. In our respective classes we go through our interactive lessons consisting of bible stories, memory scripture, and songs all tied to our theme, then serve the kids lunch. After lunch all classes regroup in the church for more praise and worship before we dismiss for the day around noon. Our fourth day is dedicated  as a relay and awards day. Thus, we begin at 6am with a relay where the kids race each other and win prizes. After lunch we give out the relay prizes, school supplies and gift such that no kid leaves empty handed. We also give out thank you gifts  to our support staff. The camp concludes on the fourth with praise and worship. Our fifth day is dedicated as our clinic day. The Vole Lib Outreach director and registered nurse, Rosena  Francois coordinates and  facilities our clinic day. After we conclude our clinic day we travel back to our headquarters in Ti Baie and prepare for departure on the next day back home.

 

Preparing for Travel

Immunization and Malaria Pills

We recommend that all groups and individuals follow the guidelines given by the Center for Disease Control.  Maximize your time in Haiti and keep from getting sick by taking a few precautions. Please check out the CDC's website for Haiti for the recommended immunizations and malaria prevention.

 

What to Pack

Checked Luggage (under 50 pounds)

  • Bible and notebook
  • Lightweight, cool clothing
  • Hat
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Casual dresses/skirts for church for women
  • Khakis and casual shirts for church for men
  • One piece swimsuit
  • Copy of passport

 

Carry-on Luggage

  • Passport
  • Toiletries
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant
  • Personal medications
  • Camera
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • Snacks
  • Dramamine if you get car sick
  • One change of clothes in case your checked luggage does not arrive with your flight
  • Pen to fill out customs forms

 

 

Things to keep in Mind

The church culture in which the Vole Lib Outreach team works has many of its own ideas about what a “true Christian” should and should not do, say, act, wear, etc. These ideas relate to the education and economic level of the people, as well as the influence of other religious beliefs in Haiti culture and the spiritual understanding of the church in general. Please keep in mind that your presence should serve as an encouragement and example to the locals, and as such, Vole Lib Outreach asks that you please follow the guidelines below in preparing yourself for your visit to Haiti.

 

The Do’s

  • Travel with a humble spirit and a genuine desire to interact with locals.
  • Remember that you are a guest in this land.
  • Show respect. Address your brothers and sisters in Christ as “Fre” or “Se”.
  • Truly listen and observe, rather than merely hearing or seeing.
  • Realize that people may have different, not inferior, thought patterns or concepts of time.
  • Be aware of what may be seen as offensive behavior.
  • Do keep an eye on your belongings at all times.
  • Do lock vehicles, rooms, and gates when possible.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, especially as a pedestrian.
  • Do wash your hands frequently.
  • Do drink bottled water only.

 

The Don’ts

  • Do not expect things to “be like home”- you are not home.
  • Do not judge a nation by one bad interaction with one person..
  • Do not make promises to locals that you can not follow though with.
  • Do not complain about food, weather, or accommodations.
  • Do not ask favors of the locals.
  • Do not reprimand or “shame” by criticizing inappropriately.
  • Alcohol is not permitted.
  • Do not give away gifts to locals without coordinating with the local preacher.
  • Do not bring expensive jewelry.
  • Do not travel by yourself.
  • Do not eat food from street vendors.

 

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**Failure to respect these guidelines will result in the individual being taken directly to the airport and sent back to the U.S.**

 
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