On January 12, 2010 a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 250,000 people and displacing more than a million. In October 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated this already-fragile country, killing 500 people, displacing 175,000, and increasing the ever-present needs of this impoverished nation.
Forward Edge teams to Haiti get to serve some of the most vulnerable children and families hit hardest by Hurricane Matthew in a small community called Vernet. Vernet is located just outside the city of Les Cayes in the southern region of Haiti. The devastation of Hurricane Matthew has made survival increasingly difficult for the 3,000 people who live here, and out of desperation, many parents have turned to the practice of restavek, giving their children away in a form of domestic slavery.
Forward Edge teams to Vernet will support Pastor Prenor Coudo and his wife Antonise who lead a community-based ministry for vulnerable children they call “Kids Club.” On a weekly basis, they touch the lives of over 100 children—some from restavek homes—with the Gospel, a healthy meal and other activities to give them hope. Teams will have the opportunity to come alongside this critical ministry to serve the children and their families, making a lasting impact on their lives.
Djenika shares her personal story of what it’s like to live as a domestic child slave, or restavek, an all-too-common practice in Haiti.
Any team of 10 or more is invited to serve in Haiti. Total trip cost for each team member is $850.
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In Vernet, we’re partnering with Pastor Prenor Coudo and his wife who lead a community-based ministry for vulnerable children that they call “Kids Club.” On a weekly basis, they touch the lives of over 100 children with the Gospel, a healthy meal and other activities to give the children hope.
Teams will have the opportunity to come alongside this critical ministry to serve the children and their families, nurture the restavek children and make a lasting impact on their lives.
PASSPORTS: A passport is required to enter Haiti. No other identification is needed. If you already have a passport, please be sure that the expiration date is at least six months past the date of your departure from Haiti. If you do not have a passport, please apply for one as soon as possible. Both the application and renewal processes can take up to 6-8 weeks.
TRANSPORTATION: All ground transportation on location is included in your trip fee.
ACCOMODATIONS: Teams will stay in guesthouses/hotels in the city of Les Cayes that have bedrooms with bedding and bathrooms. A packing list will be provided with items needed on this trip, and team members should be prepared for an authentic experience in a developing country.
IMMUNIZATIONS: The government of Haiti does not require any shots or immunizations to enter the country. Please consult a personal physician for any recommendations.
TEAM PACKS: Once team member registration is complete, Forward Edge will send individualized team packs including a Forward Edge t-shirt, Team Member Manual, and other helpful information.
SCHEDULE: Each day your team will experience a morning devotional, an evening debrief, and relationship building opportunities through serving local people.
Jen’s first mission trip was in 2011 to Nicaragua. This experience changed her heart and led her to serve, love, and encourage disaster victims, including several outreaches with the Red Cross. She and her husband Ken enjoy serving on mission teams together. When not working, she likes to spend time outdoors, walking, hiking, and running.
What drew you to the mission of Forward Edge? I have always had a heart for those who have been overlooked or forgotten. I believe God created us to be in community and we need to care for one another. Two of Forward Edge’s “Core Values” speak directly to my heart. The first one is, relationships, love people more than projects. The second is, empowering nationals, don’t do things for people; do things with people.
If you could have dinner with any person in history (excluding Jesus) who would it be and why? The Apostle Paul. I like the way he communicates and often gives very practical examples of the ideas he is conveying.
What is something about you others are often surprised to learn? My husband and I volunteer with the puppy raising program of Guide Dogs of America
Hi! I’m Jen, the Haiti Team Coordinator. I look forward to working with you to plan your life-changing week in Haiti!
If you’re interested in organizing a team of 10 or more, you can contact us by filling out the short form below. If you’re an individual looking to join a team, you can scroll through our list of open teams here.