Mountains of Hope for Haiti
Mountains of Hope for Haiti is a mission of the New York Annual Conference and operates under the guidelines of “Volunteers in Mission” (VIM) and in partnership with the Methodist Church of Haiti (EMH). VIM began more than 30 years ago as a grass-roots movement within The United Methodist Church. Each year thousands of VIM volunteers serve around the world on short-term emergency response teams and established mission projects.
MHH “Volunteer in Mission” Teams have been travelling to Furcy since 2004. They have worked along side the Furcy Community while building the Medical Clinic, the Furcy Store, and the School Latrines. They have helped maintain Community Buildings, worked with the Farmer’s Association, participated in Clinic Days, taught at the Methodist School, created Vacation Bible Schools and Community Game Days, organized Women’s and Youth Gatherings, made many Community Visits, provided Community Hot Meals, shared Worship on Sunday mornings, and most recently, have worked with UMCOR on the Clean Water Project.
Along with personal participation, each VIM Team Member brings many needed supplies to Haiti.
Additionally, each VIM Team “Visit” brings $7000 to the Furcy Communty, $3500 of which is contributed by the VIM Team Members themselves and $3500 from UMCOR, via the “Matching Funds Program.”
Is Haiti a dangerous place to visit?
Haiti is an exciting place to visit but there are concerns which are real and are dealt with at team meetings. Diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and HIV-AIDS are prevalent. Every precaution is taken to insure that teams are not exposed and risks are minimized. Haiti has a history of political and social instability and every precaution is taken to insure that teams are not put in dangerous situations. The missionaries, drivers and team leaders have the team's welfare as their first priority. We can honestly say that we have never experienced any sort of danger in any of our trips.Trips