Friday, January 15, 2010

I have no words,,,

to convey the depth of my sympathy for the Haitians. I have no medical expertise but still have been very interested in combining travel with service. I bookmarked this site when I found it on the Lonely Planet Blog.

From lonely planet blog:

Hands On Disaster Response ( is at work on a volunteer hurricane relief project in Gonaives, Haiti. We are currently accepting volunteers and will end our project on 28 February 2009. We recommend arriving by the 20th of February so that you're able to work before we close out the project.

This small island nation was pummeled by the 2008 hurricane season; tropical storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike hit the country in rapid succession over a two week period in Aug/Sept 2008, causing massive flooding and damage. Currently, we're clearing mud from homes, supporting distributions, and partnering with other NGOs on water projects.

No special skills are needed and there is no minimum commitment - give us one day, one week, one month! HODR provides food, shelter, and a rewarding work experience, at no cost to our volunteers. Come join the 111 volunteers from 14 countries who have pitched in so far here in Gonaives!

HODR's previous projects include work in Thailand, USA, Indonesia, the Philippines, Peru, and Bangladesh. Please visit our website at for Haiti volunteer information, photos, and video, or contact for more information.

I'm NOT endorsing this organization as I have never used it but I wanted to show options for those of us who aren't search and rescue or medical teams. People who want to help with the food distribution and care of (what has to be dozens) orphans the country will have.

My prayers are sent to all those who are looking for family, mourning for family and travelling to help those in need. God Bless you all.


  1. Hands On is an incredibly effective organization that harnesses the power of volunteers to make a direct community impact after a disaster. Having worked in seven different countries, they completed a successful 6-month project in Haiti last year. They are sending in an assessment team now. If they decide to set up a project, they will be asking for volunteers. Check out their site and sign up for email alerts.

  2. Thanks David! This one really sparked my interest. I may not be able to travel to Haiti, but I will be donating money.


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