Hope Health Action
What We Need
Hope Health Action is working alongside the Haitian Government and other NGOs, as they strive for improved healthcare in Haiti. The desire is not to create a separate health system, but empower Haitian medical professionals to create a sustainable, inclusive and accessible health service. We’re committed to ensuring all Haitians are offered health care without, religious, regional or financial discrimination.
The wonderful advantage of volunteering with HHA in Haiti is that whatever skills and gifts are offered, anyone can be a part of this amazing project and while we are a Christian charity, we accept volunteers from all backgrounds and beliefs, asking only that they respect HHA’s beliefs and are happy to work within a Christian ethos. Among the hospital departments there are volunteer opportunities ranging from SENCO teachers, physiotherapists, Occupational therapists, nurses, sports coaches, caterers and
handymen/women. Our most effective volunteers are those who focus on training and development, so enabling the full time Haitian hospital staff to continue their work with a renewed confidence and knowledge, long after the return home.
When & Who
What we Provide
Whether working at HCBH, a neighbouring organisation or business or just visiting the area, you will be very welcome to come and stay with us at the HHA volunteer village. We are located just a 20 minute walk or 5 minute car journey from the HCBH hospital site and about
30 min. drive from Cap Haitien city centre, (depending on traffic)
The buildings are wheelchair accessible and rooms are single, double, twin or for up to 4 people. There are two housing blocks – one with 3 bedrooms, the other with 4. There is one communal bathroom in each house. Accommodation is basic, with a bed and cupboard in each room. The bathrooms are complete with running water and flushing toilets, but please be prepared for cold showers!
A laundry service is also available. Again, there will be a small charge for this. There is one communal room, for mealtimes and evening relaxation.
You will be served with 2 meals a day, 6 days a week. If working at the hospital, there is a cafeteria where it is possible to purchase a meal or sandwich each day as well as drinks. We encourage people to use this option as not only is it great food, but all profits go into supporting the hospital. On Sundays, guests and volunteers are expected to provide food for themselves and the long-term volunteers at the Village will be able to help you arrange this if required. Filtered drinking water is freely available all day and fresh juice is often served with dinner. Haiti is a very poor country and we hope you can appreciate that it is difficult for us to cater for all
dietary likes/dislikes, but please do let us know in advance if you have any food allergies. A small kitchen area for guests and volunteers is available with an oven and hob. We suggest
bringing your own snacks and food items to supplement any dietary requirements.
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More Services we Offer
Other Ways to support us
We often need medical supplies, and these vary trip by trip. We really appreciate it if people leave space in their luggage for some supplies for the hospital.
Additional Info about Us
We have 3 HHA staff on the ground. The volunteer coordinator (looking after you!) the programme coordinator (looking after programmes!) and our pastor/translator/man of many talents.
There is a $10 fee to enter Haiti at the Cap Haitien airport, and this needs to be in cash and preferably a $10 note as they rarely have change. There are no exit fees.
Taxes are charged to enter and leave both the Dominican Republic and Haiti at the border.
Costs are as follows:
$10USD to leave Haiti
$10USD to enter Dominican Republic
$20USD to leave Dominican Republic
$5USD to enter Haiti
Things to bare in mind are that Haiti gets extremely hot from June-August, and that hurricane season is October-January. Neither of these things should stop travel in those periods, it's just something to bare in mind.
Hope Health Action is a Christian NGO passionate about providing life-saving health and disability care to the world’s most vulnerable, without any discrimination.