Monday, October 27, 2014

Healing Haiti Staff Highlight: Patrick Toussaint

We are excited to take some time to highlight, appreciate, and get to know some of the Staff of Healing Haiti.  It's their continual time and effort that makes this place hum, and we are so thankful for each and every one of them!

The first Staff Member we want to highlight is Patrick Toussaint.  Read below to learn more about this awesome guy!
Role with Healing Haiti: Translator & Driver
Favorite Service Day at Healing Haiti: Translating
If I could add one more service day for HH, I would add: Special time for worship
Family: Just married Sept 25th of this year, wife is Kori from California
Interesting Fact: Orphaned at 11.  
What word would your friends use to describe you: Funny
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Sport: I love all sports
Passions in life: Playing Music
Favorite Place in Haiti: Club Indigo-a resort I was married at
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go: California
Favorite subject in school: Language
If you met a genie and he could grant you one wish only, what would it be: Go to Heaven

Stay tuned for more Staff updates in the future!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Want to Really Make a Difference? Join Us as a Volunteer Intern (in Haiti!) or as a Volunteer Advocate!!

Healing Haiti continues to grow, and we couldn't be more excited about what God is doing through our ministry.  Along with this exciting expansion comes the need for additional committed volunteers.

We are specifically recruiting for volunteer advocates for various roles related to the Bakery & Job Creation Initiative, as well as three intern positions that would take place in Haiti!  See below for 

Discipleship and Education Advocate
The Job Creation and Community Oven Team is seeking an Advocate for Discipleship and Education who will partner with our team to create the faith foundation and discipleship curriculum for the Training Center. This position will develop and bring Jesus to the center of the following curriculum:  financial, discipleship, bread-making, and entrepreneurship as well as creation of a community kitchen bread oven certificate program.  

Community Ovens Purchasing and Resale Advocate
Grace Bakery project needs you as an Advocate!  The Community Ovens Purchasing and Resale Advocate will partner with our team to: develop and manage both mobile and brick/mortar wholesale business; inventory, equipment and delivery fleet management; pricing, money handling procedures and security; delivery driver hiring and management.

Finance and Savings Advocate
Join the Grace Bakery project as a Finance and Savings Advocate!  This Advocate is needed to partner with our team by providing accounting functions for the commercial bakery, identifying profit and expense strategies; handling accounting and management of the employee savings account program; and assisting in developing the finance curriculum.  Use your gifts for God’s work!

Community Oven Construction Advocate
Community Oven Construction to develop the prototype commercial bread oven, and identify, develop and train Haitians to construct these ovens.

Come and partner with our team of Advocates in establishing our roadmap for the Community Kitchen and Training Center!  If you or anyone you know feels God’s nudge to consider an Advocate role, please contact Mike McCain at

Healing Haiti also have several life-changing opportunities for people who are interested in volunteering for a 3-month internship position in Haiti!  The following internships are available:

Elderly Intern
You will care for 28 elderly in our ElderCare program and oversee the ElderCare Artisian Program.  You will help evaluate and prepare new elders, as well as work with our Haiti ElderCare employees to ensure excellent care for all elders in our program.

Guest House Intern
The Guest House Intern is responsible for working alongside Healing Haiti’s Guest House employees, supporting and guiding short-term missionaries and overseeing the Guest House operations.    

Grace Village Program Coordinator Intern

The Program Coordinator will work alongside the Grace Village Staff and Long-Term Missionaries to support the operations of Grace Village and to develop programs and activities for our children, adolescents and elderly.  You will help coordinate all programs at Grace Village including children's activities, setting up a small market, organizing donations, working with mission Team Leaders and more.

Full position descriptions are available.  Please reach out to Cathy LeVahn at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Grace Village Update: Young Adult Transition Program Underway

Healing Haiti’s Transition Program was developed to prepare the young men (pictured right) and women served by the organization for independent adult life. A few months ago, Healing Haiti secured a traditional Haitian family home located within the village of Titanyen to be used as a transition home for males who are approaching adulthood. On December 21, 2013, Grace Village’s eight oldest boys moved into the home to begin the next phase of their life: the journey towards independence.

While living in the transition home, the participants receive training and support from the Transition Program’s coordinator, Kekete. Kekete (pictured below) is a mother of 11 and provides invaluable expertise in working with and supporting the young adults we serve to better prepare them for the demands of independent adult life. She works alongside the young men to teach them skills such as cooking, cleaning, budgeting, time management, work ethic, job seeking skills and much more.

The Transition Program continues to expand. Recently, Healing Haiti began planning for a female transition home by securing another small house in Titanyen. Soon, we will be welcoming a wonderful group of young women into the program when the oldest girls at Grace Village enter into the next phase of their lives and learn the skills necessary to live an independent life.

Once the participants master the program’s independence objectives, they will be supported in seeking gainful employment and securing housing and will then graduate from the Transition Program. We are so proud of how far our young men and women have come in such a short time and look forward to watching them continue to grow and mature through this program.

If you would like to have a personal involvement with one of these young adults and support them in this transition to adult life, please CLICK HERE to learn more about Child Sponsorship.

Monday, October 13, 2014

10.11.2014: International Day of the Girl

On Saturday, October 11th, the world celebrated International Day of the Girl.  This day is a "response to the urgent problem facing our world today: the neglect and devaluation of girls around the world.  Every year, dynamic groups across the world (led by girls, of course) acting to highlight, discuss, celebrate and ultimately advance girls' lives and opportunities across the globe. (cited from Day of the Girl's website)" 

Healing Haiti celebrated by bringing 15 of our girls to Baptist Mission in Fermenth. It's a beautiful green area that one of the first missionaries to Haiti established.

Long-term Missionary Elisa recounted the following: "We had a great day. We toured Baptist Mission's history of Haiti museum. Enjoyed hot dogs, chicken nuggets, fries and ice cream at their mountain view restaurant, picked out a few gifts for their parents and then played on their playground. After arriving in Port-au-Prince we stopped at the guesthouse for some tacos and decided to write "thank-yous" to our parents. What a fun day celebrating these beautiful women in our lives."

View their website by clicking here to learn more about their organization and ways you can get involved next year!