GENERAL INFORMATION

&

VISITOR INFORMATION PACKET



EDUCATION TO THE GLORY OF GOD





What is HAFF?


The Haitian American Friendship Foundation (HAFF) is a Christian, 501 (c)(3), non-profit organization with its headquarters in Fort Myers, Florida.  HAFF was established in 1977 to support a secondary school serving the Bohoc community of the Central Plateau.  Today the ministry has grown to focus on Christian education in three domains: ACADEMIC, THEOLOGICAL, and COMMUNITY EDUCATION.  HAFF is also involved in an assortment of MERCY MINISTRIES.  The campus is located on the Central Plateau of Haiti where it serves an area with a radius of 12 miles.  


Declaration of Purpose


Our purpose is to partner with Haitians on the Central Plateau of Haiti through academic, vocational and theological education to enrich lives spiritually, economically, and socially, all to the glory of God.



HAFF Ministries – A Closer Look 


ACADEMIC EDUCATION

Bohoc Training Institute (BTI).  The BTI is a secondary school serving about 280 students each

school year offering grades 7 through 13.  The Institute is directed by a Haitian headmaster

leading a teaching staff of 17 Haitian nationals and two Americans.  Students are taught the

sciences, math, social sciences, French, Creole, Spanish, English and Latin.  Christian values are

incorporated through morning devotions, weekly Bible classes and the academic curriculum. 

Each student also receives a hot meal four days per week.


THEOLOGICAL EDUCATION

JESUS film ministry.  The video produced by Campus Crusade for Christ in 1979 has been

shown by the HAFF film crew over 200 times since 1995 reaching more than 24,000 Haitians in

remote areas.

Pastor training.  Visiting American pastors participating in short-term Work-Study Teams are

utilized in seminars ranging in size from four or five men to more than 100 participants.

Bible studies.  Initiated by individual missionaries.  Visiting Work-Study Teams can also

conduct Bible studies via translators during their stay.

Summer Vacation Bible School Program

Scripture memorization and Bible distribution program.  HAFF has distributed hundreds of

Bibles through a program where individuals can learn them by memorizing Scripture.


COMMUNITY EDUCATION

Primary School Teacher and Administrator Training.  Currently 46 rural church-sponsored

Christian elementary schools participate in this program, which is coordinated by a Haitian

national on HAFF’s staff.  HAFF’s emphasis in this program is to introduce Christian values into

solid educational training.  HAFF also fabricates chalkboards and distributes them to schools that

need them.

Project Healthy Family.  A Haitian coordinator on HAFF’s staff trains volunteer facilitators who, in turn, teach health, literacy, and evangelism training in 24 of the surrounding communities.

Agricultural outreach.  Through HAFF’s  HAFF’s agricultural extension agent, HAFF works with local farmer groups to promote soil conservation, soil renewal, fruit tree grafting and animal husbandry.



Christian Home Economics.  Inspired by the model of the godly woman found in the Bible’s Proverbs 31 (10-31) model, this series of classes is designed for women from the local and surrounding communities to develop skills to take back to share with their friends and neighbors.  They learn cooking, sewing, baking, basket-making, embroidery, arts and crafts, soap making and more, while also studying godly women in the Bible.  HAFF also often offers the same class for 12 selected junior high and high school girls.

Young Leaders for God.  This year-long program trains a select group of young people to be

godly servant leaders in their families, churches and communities.

Short Term Mission Work-Study Teams.  Throughout the year HAFF hosts teams from U.S. and Canadian churches who are interested in learning about overseas missions and how God is working in Haiti.  HAFF can receive groups up to 12 people who stay for a week or two at the HAFF campus.  Work-Study Teams participate in a combination of work assignments, study and reflection times, and opportunities to interact with our Haitian brothers and sisters.



MERCY MINISTRIES

Medical Clinic.  Staffed by two Haitian auxiliary nurses, this small dispensary serves the needs of 

the school and community three days per week.  A pre-natal clinic is held one day per week.

Dental Clinic.  Staffed by American dentist Dr. Jerry Pennington and two Haitian technicians he

has trained, the clinic is open about five months per year.  Services include cleaning, extractions,

fillings and making dentures.

Eyeglass Clinic.  One day a week the public can get their eyes checked and fitted for

affordable eyeglasses with a prescription that is close to their own.

Hospital runs.  The HAFF vehicles are routinely used as a neighborhood ambulance service

responding to emergencies which need the assistance of the hospital in Pignon.

·Zandolit. A gift shop at HAFF provides a place for area Haitian artisans to sell their merchandise to visitors.



What We Believe – Statement of Faith


We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three Persons:  Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the Deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His Virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His

miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection,

and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe that for salvation of the lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is

absolutely essential.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is

enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, those that are saved unto the

resurrection of life and those that are lost unto damnation.

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, manifested in love for the

brethren, who comprise the Church which is His body.

We believe that as Christ loved us, we are to love one another.









Brief History and Overview of HAFF


In 1944 Rueben and Lila Clark arrived in Haiti with a burden for the interior of Haiti, the Central

Plateau.  In 1945 they moved to the small inland village of Pignon to preach Christ where His name was unknown – or so they thought.  Instead, they found 300 people who knew of ìThe Great Oneî and had been praying for a teacher for twelve years.  During the period between 1945 and Rueben’s death in 1951, the Clarks established some of the first schools in the area and laid the basis for what are now an estimated 80 indigenous churches.  Lila stayed eight more years translating Sunday school material into the people’s native Creole language.  She then returned to the United States to educate her daughter.


For several years Lila returned to Haiti each summer to teach English and Bible classes.  Then in the late 1970’s she returned full time to Haiti to establish a secondary school on the Plateau.  In 1977 Lila and a group of Christian educators formed the Haitian American Friendship Foundation (HAFF).  With the help of a grant from American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA), HAFF constructed eleven buildings used for classroom and technical training on a forty-acre campus.  The secondary school, named Institut Pratique de Bohoc (Bohoc Training Institute), teaches as many as 280 students in their late teens and early twenties in grades 7 through 13.  Classes are taught predominantly by a Haitian staff, many of whom are graduates of the school, with two American staff.


Over the years HAFF’s ministry has expanded beyond the borders of the 40-acre campus striving to create a holistic ministry meeting the spiritual, educational and physical needs of the Bohoc community and surrounding area.  HAFF’s education program has grown to provide community education through a number of different programs.  HAFF helps to provide training for administrators and teachers in underprivileged rural primary schools in the area.  Project Healthy Family works in conjunction with Haitian volunteers in remote areas teaching literacy, health, hygiene, and evangelism.  Few pastors in Haiti have formal training creating a great need to equip local pastors with a better understanding of God’s Word and how to effectively teach Biblical principles.  To meet this need HAFF utilizes visiting North American pastors to teach and mentor local church leaders. HAFF’s Godly Woman classes and Young Leaders for God classes provide important education for women and young people.


In 1993 an agricultural program was begun, since the majority of rural Haitians are subsistence farmers.  This program has tremendous potential to impact many lives and aims to promote Christ-centered sustainable agriculture,.  It evaluates alternate agricultural techniques and plant varieties and introduces those with potential for improving the livelihood of local farmers to farmer groups in the area.


HAFF understands the importance of meeting physical needs in addition to spiritual and educational.  HAFF has developed various mercy ministries to better address many of the physical needs of this area.  HAFF maintains a small medical dispensary managed by Haitian nationals to help respond to the great demand for reasonably priced health care.  Visiting doctors and nurses from the United States and Canada have the opportunity to help in our on-site clinic or participate in one or two day mobile clinics to remote areas. Visiting medical professionals are encouraged to exchange techniques and information with our Haitian medical staff.  HAFF also has a clinic that distributes eyeglasses when they are available.





Dr. Jerry Pennington, an American dentist, spends up to six months per year in Bohoc under a cooperative agreement with HAFF.  He maintains a full service dental clinic employing a staff of two Haitian nationals whom he has trained.  Services include basic cleaning, fillings, extractions and the manufacture of dentures.


(Revised January 2008)




How can I get involved?


Pray – Please pray for God’s continued leading and provision of this ministry.


Financial Support – HAFF’s services are largely made possible by the support of partnering

individuals and churches.  Support received helps HAFF to make quality education, health care,

and other services affordable to the local community while sharing the love of Christ.  If you are

interested in giving to HAFF, or would like to introduce HAFF to your church, please Contact us.


Haitian American Friendship Foundation, Inc. 

P.O. Box 3421

Fort Myers, FL 33918 USA 


Send a Work-Study Team – HAFF benefits tremendously from the participation of ìFriendship Teamsî, who make one or two week visits to the Bohoc campus.  Not only are there countless opportunities for visitors to help with specific projects and activities, but the Haitian people are encouraged by their presence as well.  If you are interested in bringing a Work-Study Team to HAFF, please read the attached Visitor’s Information Packet and/or Contact


Participate in an Insight Tour - One great way to find out first-hand how HAFF is helping Haitians is by joining in on an Insight Tour to the HAFF campus in Bohoc. Typically shorter than a work/study visit, these three or four-day tours help visitors to understand the realities of life for Haitians, and expose them to the many aspects of HAFF's ministry. Insight team visitors stay in HAFF's modest, but clean and secure dormitory, and eat delicious Haitian meals prepared by HAFF's experienced hospitality team. Visitors interact with missionaries and national members of our ministry team, meet our students, faculty, and members of the community, listen to mini-lectures on a range of subjects about life in Haiti, attend church services, visit Haitians in their homes and farmers in their gardens.  The goal of the Insight Tour is to help the participant come away with a new understanding of how God is working on the Central Plateau of Haiti. Plus, HAFF hopes that they will gain a new perspective on how to pray for Haiti and for HAFF, and how they and their church can help partner in the work of HAFF.  For more information, Contact Us

(Revised January 2008)




OUR “FRIENDSHIP TEAM” (WORK-STUDY TEAM) PHILOSOPHY


HAFF benefits tremendously from the participation of Friendship Teams who make one-week visits to the Bohoc campus.  Not only are there countless opportunities for visitors to help the

missionaries with specific projects and activities, but the Haitian people are encouraged by their presence as well.  The local community is quick to realize that a team coming to visit is the result of a desire to help them.  HAFF is equipped to host groups numbering between one and twelve persons.


We emphasize that your time in Haiti should not be dedicated solely to work.  We encourage a balance of work and study.  We’ll try to provide opportunities to visit local markets, visit with Haitians in their homes and gardens, meet Haitian nationals on our staff and in the community, meet missionaries with other organizations, and worship in rural churches – all to help you understand the culture and the needs of Haiti.  It is our desire that you leave Haiti with a better understanding of how our God transcends cultural and language barriers as He ministers to His people throughout the world. Therefore we encourage you to consider coming even if you don’t feel you have a specific skill or talent to offer.  Part of what you accomplish is in sharing your experience with others upon your return home.


Sometimes a church would like to send a team but only have a few interested individuals.  If this is the case, please contact us.  Many times one or two people from one church have been able to combine forces with small groups from other churches.  HAFF will consider team sizes from one to twelve people depending on our needs.


WHAT ABOUT ìCULTURE SHOCKî?


Many team members may be visiting a  developing country for the first time.  Team members will experience sights, sounds and smells that, by American standards, are considered unusual if not offensive.  Piles of trash may line the streets of Cap-Haitien and Port-au-Prince.  Many donkeys and horses have ugly open sores on their backs.  Many children are unclothed.  Urinating in public is common.  There is overwhelming poverty, beyond imagination.  Try to look, though, beyond these things to see the beauty and joy that is present in Haiti.  Friendship Teams are encouraged to meet each evening with the missionary staff to discuss and pray about the events of the day.  This will serve as an outlet for the possible frustrations resulting from culture shock as well as promote an attitude of mutual support among team members.


TRAVEL PLANS


To facilitate planning, each group must designate a ìteam leader(s)î who will be responsible for making travel plans as well as serve as the contact person with whom HAFF will communicate. Other duties of the team leader are summarized later in this packet under the heading ìTeam Leader Responsibilitiesî.  Before making any firm plans, the team leader needs to communicate with the HAFF personnel in Haiti to determine some possible trip dates. Contact Us

or by mail at:

Unit 1069-HAFF

3170 Airmans Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34946


In your initial inquiry to HAFF, please include your mailing address, an e-mail address and phone numbers where you can be reached during the day and evening.  Communication with the Central Plateau can be difficult at times and having all of this information will facilitate planning.  Additional e-mail addresses and contacts are listed on the last page of this packet under the heading ìTelephone Numbers and E-mail Addressesî.



FLYING INTO HAITI


There are a couple of options available for flying into Haiti.


Missionary Flights International (MFI) is the mission group that services many missionaries serving in Haiti, including HAFF.  MFI flies from  Fort Pierce, Florida to Cap-Haitien, Port-au-Prince, and Pignon, Haiti on a regular basis. We ask that groups traveling to HAFF charter MFI into Pignon.  MFI can be contacted at:


Missionary Flights International

3170 Airmans Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34946

Phone: 772.462.2395


mfi@missionaryflights.org


www.missionaryflights.org



MFI Travel Costs.  Round trip price per person is about $450, which includes all exit taxes and fees.  (MFI charges are subject to change due to increases in fuel charges and other expenses).  The weight limit of baggage is 50 pounds per person.  $1.50 per pound is charged for everything over 50 pounds.  The team leader should be prepared to pay for the entire group with cash or a check (payable to MFI).  MFI does not accept credit cards.  Note:  HAFF may be charged $100 for each passenger reservation not cancelled 24 hours prior to departure time.


Other Travel Details.  The flight is in a historic DC-3 and service is available to Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien or the grass airstrip in Pignon.  MFI will fly a team to the Pignon airstrip 4 miles from the HAFF campus for a total additional fee of $500 per planeload.  This charge is shared by the total number of people that are flying in and out of Pignon that day. Due to the poor condition of roads between our campus and Cap-Haitien, visiting groups will be required to fly directly into Pignon.  HAFF personnel will meet you at the airport in Pignon and transport you to our campus in Bohoc by truck.


When calling to make a reservation with MFI, remember to:

Determine if the MFI Reservation Registration Form is already in your possession.  (Attached to

this packet, or MFI can be contacted and send one via fax or mail)  MFI must have the

information requested on this form before confirming your flight.

Establish a procedure and time for ìchecking inî upon your arrival in Ft. Pierce. MFI personnel are very helpful to helping explain the various options

Establish with the MFI office a procedure for updating them with changes in your total baggage

weight.

Ask them to answer any questions you may have – they try to be very helpful!


When checking in baggage and/or any excess cargo with MFI the day before your flight, remember to:

Please clarify the procedure for parking your personal vehicle the morning of the flight, if

applicable.

Establish what time you need to be at the Galaxy terminal the morning of your flight.  A $50

penalty may be assessed to each passengers arriving 30 minutes after the pre-arranged check-in

time.


Note:  MFI does not permit passengers to carry alcoholic or tobacco products, firearms, gunpowder, and explosives of any kind.  If is absolutely prohibited by U.S. Customs to transport Cuban cigars purchased in Haiti on the return flight.  Offending passengers are subject to a $3,000 fine and HAFF could lose its MFI privileges.  Some fruits, vegetables, plants, animal meats, and hides (i.e. Haitian drums) may be confiscated.  When in doubt, ask the HAFF staff or MFI personnel.



Commercial Airline Carrier - Another travel option is to find a commercial flight directly to Haiti online or through your own travel agent.  American Airlines, KLM, Air France, Spirit Air and Air Canada are the only commercial airlines currently serving Haiti and only fly into Port-au-Prince, the capital.  Arrangements can then be made with Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) to travel from Port-au- Prince (PAP) to Pignon (PGN), the nearest small airstrip to HAFF.  This is HAFF’s recommended way to travel to the HAFF campus only because we find that  the MAF is easy to work and communicate with via telephone and email.  However, Tortug Air, a newer airline, has proven to be a reliable carrier as well (see below).  Tortug Air has a large plane that can usually transport larger teams and all their baggage in one trip.  MAF on the other hand may require up to four flights to transport larger teams.  It is recommended that visiting groups contact both MAF and Tortug Air to compare costs.  See below for Tortug Airline contact info.



Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) – Provides service via five passenger Cessnas between Port-au- Prince and a grass airstrip 15 minutes from the HAFF campus.  They can be contacted in Port-au-Prince at:

reservations@haiti.maf.net

Phone:  011-509-246-3993 - ask for Mark Williams or Will White

http://www.maf.org/services/programs/haiti.html


They can handle larger groups with multiple flights.  Charters are available at approximately $250 per one-way flight (subject to change).  The weight limit for all flights is approximately 1,050 pounds per flight including passengers and luggage,. Chartering an entire flight or multiple flights may be necessary. For small groups of one to four persons single seats may be purchased for $5 per person per one-way on one of several regularly scheduled flights per week to Pignon.  Luggage is usually limited to 25 pounds per person, but multiple seats can be purchased to account for additional baggage.  Weight restrictions must be discussed in advance with MAF personnel to avoid confusion on the day of your flight.  This option gives breathtaking views of the mountains and the Central Plateau.  Commercial airfares into Port-au-Prince from certain points in the U.S. plus the cost of an MAF ticket may be significantly lower than the commercial carrier/MFI option.  Check with a travel agent or online.


This option gives greater flexibility for scheduling since American Airlines has multiple flights into Port- au-Prince just about every day of the week.  Disadvantages of this option include the fact that under normal conditions no HAFF personnel will be on hand to meet you at the airport in Port-au-Prince.  However, lately we have had success utilizing a Haitian man named Nader, to arrange to meet teams outside the main terminal and transport the group to the MAF terminal (a distance of 3⁄4 mile) for $7 US per person.  He speaks English very well, has well maintained vehicles, and is prompt and courteous.  The visiting groups are responsible for the payment to Nader, but the HAFF staff can help make the arrangements with him.



Tortug Air.  As of November 2004, a new airline, Tortug Air, has begun charter service from Port-au- Prince to Pignon.  Several teams have used them with favorable results.  The contact person is Oliver Jean, president and director of operations.

he airline can be contacted at:

Tortug Airlines


Miscellaneous Travel Information.

Remember to bring your passport!

On the flight into Haiti team members will receive an Immigration Card (which is actually a

Tourist Visa) to fill out on the plane.  Before leaving the airport at your point of entry, these cards will be stamped and returned.  Each team member should keep their passport and this immigration

card in a safe place, both are required to leave Haiti and return to the States!

Also, you may be asked the address at which you’ll be staying.  Please use the following address as your address in Haiti: Lekol IPB, HAFF, Route National #3, Bohoc (Pignon), Haiti the phone number is 3726.2017



ACCOMMODATIONS WHILE AT HAFF


Housing and Amenities.  Visiting teams stay in a simple (rustic) dormitory in a relatively comfortable bed.  The dorm contains four rooms, each with two sets of bunk beds.  The shower is an elevated 55-gallon drum heated by the sun, and the toilet facilities are outhouses.  Please note that toilet paper, pillows, sheets, blankets, soap, towels and washcloths are provided. No shampoo is provided. 


Meals.  A staff of Haitian ladies will prepare all meals with the exception of those on Sunday.  In order to give the Haitian staff the day off, the team will be responsible for preparing all meals on Sunday.  HAFF will provide teams with the food to prepare on Sunday.  The dorm kitchen also contains a water filter and filtered water is used for drinking and cooking.  In the event that the team consists of four people or less,  it is possible that Sunday meals may be shared with missionary staff members in their homes.  The menu throughout the visit consists of a combination of Haitian and American dishes.  


Note:  Teams may want to consider bringing snack foods since no between meal snacks are provided.  Trail mix, granola bars, beef jerky, summer sausage and party mix are among the most practical snacks.  Of course lots of chocolate is always popular, especially among the missionary staff!  Many groups have found it helpful to freeze a block of cheese or two, wrap them in newspaper and pack with clothing to keep cold during the voyage.  A tiny refrigerator or ice chest is available upon your arrival.


Costs.  The total cost for the stay is $60 US per day, per person.  The registration fee/transportation surcharge is $50 per person per visit.  This includes lodging and meals while at the Bohoc campus as well as travel while with HAFF.  *Also included in this price is an international travel/accident insurance policy to provide limited coverage during the teams’ stay.  It is recommended that the team leader pays for the entire group with a check mailed to the Post Office Box address in North Ft. Myers, Florida before arrival at the HAFF campus.  


Bringing some extra cash to purchase Haitian handicrafts or some of the excellent local coffee and peanut butter is advised.  We suggest you budget an extra $50 US.  We ask that each visitor try to bring as much US cash in one and five dollar bills as possible to assist us in ìmaking changeî for the purchases.



USEFUL INFORMATION AND THINGS TO BRING


Clothes.

No shorts, cut-offs or short t-shirts should be worn outside of the HAFF campus..

Try to bring enough clothes for a week.  Laundry service is available but clothes will not dry in

rainy or cloudy weather.  December through April is the dry season here and clothes generally

dry quicker during these months than other times of the year.

Bring a light sweater, jacket or sweatshirt.  We are at 1200 feet above sea level and the nights can

be cool.

Bring a lightweight or disposable type of rain poncho.

Women:  The most practical outfit is a skirt with a t-shirt or a sundress with a t-shirt underneath. 

Slacks, shorts and jeans are still not the cultural norm in this area.  For church, a dress with some

type of sleeve or a skirt with blouse is ideal.

Men:  Jeans and t-shirts are fine for work.  For church, a suit is not necessary.  Bring a pair of

nice slacks and a dress shirt.  A tie would be expected if one is preaching.  Going shirtless usually not acceptable in this culture.


Other things to bring:

Passport! – mandatory

Bible

Pens

Small notebook – keeping a journal is highly recommended

Sturdy/Comfortable shoes for walking and working

Work Clothes

Sunglasses

Sunscreen

Hat

Flashlight with spare batteries

Bug Repellent

Spending Money for Haitian handicrafts - $50 US goes a long way

Camera with plenty of film (or memory cards)

Small plastic bottle for drinking water

A small amount of easily accessible toilet paper – there are public restrooms at the airports but toilet paper is usually not available.

Do not bring electric hairdryers or curling irons since our power supply is limited.  Safety razors

are preferred over electric razors for the same reasons.

A willing spirit and the ability to be flexible – things rarely go according to plan here!


Immunizations/Medications.

Check with a physician or the county health department regarding recommended immunizations

prior to visiting.

We also recommend bringing one additional week’s worth of any prescribed medications in the

event your departure is delayed.


Health.

This is a tropical environment.  The sun is hotter than one may realize.  Please wear a hat

and avoid standing in the sun.  When possible, seek out a shady spot and stand there, rather than

stand in the direct sunlight.  Plan to drink lots of water and frequently to avoid dehydration, which can happen quickly in the tropics.  Filtered water will be available at the HAFF campus.  Please bring a water bottle having a capacity of at least one-quart. 

Avoid drinking any water or ice from a questionable source.

Wash hands frequently with an anti-bacterial soap.  The team may want to bring a supply of

anti-bacterial hand wipes that can easily slip in a waist pack or pocket for trips off the HAFF

campus.

Avoid putting your hands in your mouth.

In general, do not eat food bought on the street.

Wash your hands before eating.

Follow basic rules of good hygiene.


Camera/Camcorders.

If your camera requires a battery, consider replacing it before you come.

It will be possible to recharge camcorder batteries during the daylight hours (to take advantage of

maximum solar power), so please consider bringing at least one extra battery.

Bring more camera and camcorder film, or memory cards, than you think you will need.  Neither is available on the Central Plateau.

In general, taking pictures is not a problem, as long as it is done quickly and discretely or with

permission of the person being photographed.

 

General Behavior.

People are generally very friendly in our rural area.  It is considered rude not to say ìhelloî. 

(Bonjour in the morning and Bonswa after noon will delight the Haitians you greet.)  A warm

smile goes a long way in sharing God’s love.

When traveling about, either in the back of a truck or on foot, it’s best to try to ìkeep a low

profileî.  Avoid loud or raucous behavior.

Expect to shake hands with everyone you meet. Not doing so is considered rude.  To reduce the

possibility of transmitting communicable diseases please remember to wash your hands

frequently.

Avoid eating in public in the presence of local people when possible.  Many people you

encounter will not have eaten that day.

Many Haitians will ask for money.  ìGive me one dollaî is the only English many Haitians use

on a regular basis.  Please do not give anything away without the expressed approval of the HAFF

staff.

Do not give out your address, phone number, or email address to anyone without the expressed approval of the HAFF staff.

Do not discuss politics in public.

Haitians consider smoking or the use of tobacco products pagan activities.  The use of tobacco

products will not be permitted while visiting HAFF.

Alcohol consumption or purchasing alcohol will not be permitted while visiting HAFF.

Subtle cultural differences dictate the need to modify our behavior and understanding.  Several

examples include:  It is considered disrespectful to whistle in the presence of an older adult; conservative dress still is prevalent in our rural area.  Women should avoid wearing slacks or shorts in public; men should refrain from wearing earrings while in Haiti.

Don’t be shocked to see women breastfeeding in public.  Men holding hands with other men or a woman with another woman is common and merely a sign of friendship or that a private

conversation is being conducted.  Urination in public is common.



MISCELLANEOUS INFORMATION

Shake out your shoes before putting them on.  We have a variety of critters in Haiti that love to

crawl into shoes.

Plan to have plans change.  Flat tires and equipment breakdowns are common.  The work you

expected to do may have to be postponed in favor of a completely different job.  Your willingness

to be flexible will be a great encouragement to the missionary staff.


TEAM LEADER RESPONSIBILITIES

Serve as a contact person with the HAFF staff in Haiti.

Make all travel plans and coordinate the payment of all travel costs.

Photocopy and distribute the Friendship Team Application Forms to potential participants.

Collect and return completed application forms to Haiti as soon as possible.

Photocopy the first page of each participant’s passport and mail it to your HAFF contact (Connie Curilla) prior to your visit.  In the event a passport is lost, having a photocopy will facilitate

reentry into the U.S.

Make copies of this Visitor Packet available to the individual team members.

Attempt to meet with the entire team no fewer than two times prior to the visit to make plans and

pray for the trip.

Upon arrival in Haiti, prepare, organize and/or delegate a short devotional for each evening here. 

Advise the group that there will be time set aside for a nightly de-briefing to discuss the day.  This is extremely helpful in recognizing and dealing with the effects of ìculture shockî.

Encourage each team member to keep a daily journal during the trip.

Designate certain team members to prepare the meals on Sunday and clean up afterward.

The United States’ Ambassador to Haiti has asked that you notify the American Citizens Services

Unit (ACS) at the U.S. Consulate Office in Port-au-Prince with the following information for

each participant of your travel group.  Please include:  Last name, First name, date of birth,

passport number, name of sponsoring mission (HAFF), address in Haiti (HAFF campus near

Pignon), Email us date of arrival in Haiti, date of departure, and

emergency contact in the USA (name, address, relationship, home telephone, work telephone). 

The ACS office should be e-mailed with this information at: ACSPAP@state.gov

If you need more information, visit the State Department’s website for Haiti at:

http://usembassy.state.gov/haiti/.  Just don’t be alarmed at the travel advisory recommending you

NOT to travel to Haiti.  That advisory has been in effect for about 20 years!




CONTACT INFORMATION FOR HAFF


Sending Mail, Packages, and Supplies to HAFF

Anything sent to Haiti via the U.S. Postal Service must be addressed as:

Missionary’s name (or HAFF General if to no one in particular)

Unit 1069-HAFF

3170 Airmans Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34946


The contents of all packages should be labeled on the outside

When conditions permit, boxes may be dropped off at the MFI warehouse in Fort Pierce. 

Contacting MFI in advance would be helpful!

Remember that, regardless of how boxes arrive at the MFI warehouse, MFI charges the mission

$1.50 per pound for each item placed on the airplane.

Please seek approval of the field staff prior to making large shipments of relief items such as

clothing, medicines or materials for work projects.  From time to time customs officials charge

unreasonable import duties on certain items.  Some medicines and building materials can actually

be purchased in Haiti for much less than it costs to purchase it in the States and pay shipping and

customs fees.

Also, please note that customs officials confiscate expired medical supplies.


Missionary Support Checks and Donations to HAFF

Gifts can be sent to:

HAFF

P.O. Box 3421

Fort Myers, FL  33918-3421

Note:  Please designate the individual missionary or the particular HAFF account you wish to benefit.  For example:  “HAFF - Where Most Needed” or “Curilla support” or “Wilson support”.

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Contact HAFF for More Information or to Schedule a Visit

Should you have any questions, or want to further explore the possibility of visiting HAFF,  contact Connie Curilla at the contact addresses listed above under Travel Plans.  Team leaders are responsible for photo copying the application form (available at the end of this packet), and making sure each member’s completed form is submitted at least four weeks in advance of the scheduled visit date.


Preliminary communication with the staff in Haiti to discuss possible dates is necessary before

application forms are submitted and travel plans are finalized.



FRIENDSHIP TEAM APPLICATION

HAITIAN AMERICAN FRIENDSHIP FOUNDATION (HAFF)


Date__________________________


Applicant’s Name_____________________________________________________________


Age_______  Date of Birth_________________ Email Address________________________


Address______________________________________________________________________


City________________________________________ State_____ Zip___________________



Applicant’s Church:


Name_________________________________________________________________________


Address______________________________________________________________________


City________________________________________ State_________ Zip______________



Trip Information:


Date(s) the team would like to visit_______________________________________________________


Name of Team Leader(s) - Person(s) responsible for coordinating your team


______________________________________________________________________________

  

Additional Information:


What is your occupation?  If retired, briefly describe your work history.


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What are your hobbies or special interests?

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What languages, other than English, do you speak? ________________________________________


Have you previously participated in a short-term or long-term mission trip?  Y___ N___


If yes, please explain a little about your experience.____________________________________________________________________


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What exposure have you had to missions or missionaries?  (If different than above)

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Why did you decide to visit HAFF?

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Describe what things you would like to see/accomplish/experience during your stay.

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Describe what spiritual preparations you are making or will make for this trip.

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Please describe your relationship with God.

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Describe and area of your spitiual life in which you’ve experienced personal growth in the past year.__________________________________________________________________


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Are there any medical conditions that might limit your work here?  If yes, please explain.

______________________________________________________________________________


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Describe any dietary restrictions we need to know about.

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Emergency Contact Person:


Name_________________________________________________________________________


Address______________________________________________________________________


City________________________________________ State_________ Zip______________


Phone______________________________ E-mail____________________________________


Do you agree that while in Haiti you will submit to the authority of your team leader and/or to the

HAFF staff?   Yes____________  No ____________


I, ________________________________________ (team member’s name) agree to hold HAFF and its staff harmless in the event of personal injury, illness, travel inconveniences, or other calamity.  I am aware of the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory for US citizens traveling to Haiti.  I will retain a sense of humor, remain flexible, and expect the unexpected.


_________________________________________________________Date_________________

(Signature of participant is required.  Parent or guardian must sign if the applicant is a minor.)


Please attach a legible photocopy of the first page (the page with the photograph) of this applicant’s passport prior to mailing. If you have begun the process to obtain a new passport, submit the application now and send us a copy of the passport later.

(Revised August 2010)



Click here for a printable version of  HAFF Visitor Information 


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