Preparing for the trip

All,

 

We are very excited and yes, a bit nervous about traveling to Haiti.  We are hoping that we will be able to get access to the internet and make frequent updates to this blog.  Fingers are crossed!

 

Please feel free to look through the team list to meet us (just your everyday common people), check out the photos and please leave us a comment or two.  We would love to get your thoughts and words of support!

 

Why Haiti? 

Team Haiti has been around for more than two years.  Some members of the team are new; some have been here since the beginning.  We have planned and deployed a number of trips to Haiti.  With the recent events of the Earthquake, we feel compelled to make this trip and support Danita’s Children and the orphans in their care.  While there is work to be done all over the world and very close to home, the team feels that there is a very strong need in Haiti.  Many countries and communities have the ability to offer basic services to those in need, Haiti does not.  Simply put, it is a matter of life and death.  These orphans need support and an advocate.  Our team will be in suport of that advocate.  The earthquake did not create this issue or our interest.  However, it has multiplied the effects.

 

What are we going to do?

Our trip will focus on bringing much needed supplies and care to the Orphans at Danita’s Children.  While we have made some significant investments in their future clinic, we wanted to have a ‘hands-on’ experience. All team members will engage with the children directly – reading, playing, helping, changing diapers – whatever is needed.  In addition, we have two medical personel that will work with the people at their clinic.  We have a two people on the trip with education experience and they will be working with the school and teachers.  The rest of the team will be working with the management of Danita’s to understand long term needs and how we can support when we get back home.

 

Why blog?

This trip is not about the team members.  It is about helping others.  The purpose of this blog is to bring awareness to you, our readers.  Full transparency – we are trying to make you aware and get you engaged.  We are looking to establish a longer term relationship with Danita’s and broad support.  That is where you come in.  When the team returns, we will need help.  If you have any interest in supporting the longer term efforts, please let us know.  Perhaps you will be on the next trip?

 

What’s next?

We are presently preparing for the trip which will leave very early on the morning of the 11th.  The flights, accommodations and the logistics have all been arranged.  Kim and Denise have done a great job getting the team on track (with seven children between the two of them, you know they are the right people to organize this group)!

 

Now our focus is packing and getting the last minute items ready to go!  So many people have been so gracious with their support!  At this point we have 14 duffle bags (2 for each of us) to pack on Sunday!  There is a very good chance that we will have to ship some materials down after we are done packing.  Rumor has it that Art has collected over 40 bags of donations from Oak Hill Academy.  You guys rock!!!!

 

Best and please come back and look in on us!!!

 

– Team Haiti

 

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8 responses to “Preparing for the trip

  • dawn

    I am so looking forward to this trip and doing great work for the good people of Haiti. Winding Brook School has donated over 300 pairs of shoes and with Art\’s clothes we should have some happy kids at Danita\’s! I am grateful for the opportunity to serve with you all and can\’t wait to get there!

  • Denise

    Great job getting us started Adam! Thanks for all of your prayers, support and a big shout out to my awesome Girl Scouts and their moms for their collected items, their great ideas and the hope I have for them.

  • Kate

    Congratulations on Team Haiti\’s safe arrival this morning…. making differences in a lot of little lives can lead to big changes. you guys are amazing! Here\’s to a successful week – all of us at home are so proud of you!

  • Unknown

    Hi Mr. Livingston!! I was so happy to hear you made it there safely. Let me know how everything is going and I will give the OHA family an update!! We love you!! Take care and God Bless!! Lisa Wicks

  • Victoria

    Hi Art and fellow travelers! We\’re all checking out the web site. Great to hear that your travels were uneventful and safe. Now the work begins … good luck! Art, your lunchmates all miss you (especially Glenn!) … we\’re thinking of you and we\’re proud of you and the folks traveling with you. Take care, Your OHA family

  • Arthur

    MaryAnn–It is so good to hear that you all arrived safely and are fulfilling a great need. Our love and prayers go to all of you from the Oak Hill staff, students, and parents. I\’m so glad that I will now have something to report when people ask for you. Keep up the good work. Artie–love from your family, too. We all miss you. I\’m babysitting Kyle to-night.

  • Christine

    We\’re so proud of you Dad! It looks amazing! You guys all have such big hearts! Can\’t wait to hear more about the trip! We love you! Have fun and be safe! Love, Bean, Gil and Kyle

  • Christina

    I am so glad you all made it to your destination safely. I don\’t know HOW you carried all those heavy bags, plus your own belongings. It just amazes me. You are surely being powered by God Almighty to do His work. I am continuing to pray for you all and the DR team also, from my home here in Middletown….thinking about all you are experiencing and all the many tasks you are being called upon to do there ! You are very SPECIAL people and will be mightily blessed for your strong efforts and all the love you are giving to suffering people. You are all in my thoughts. Looking forward to seeing you guys again on your return. Take good care of yourselves. Love, Christina from Tower Hill cariadenterprises@msn.com (p.s. it was a fun pizza packing party we had, wasn\’t it !)

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