Haiti (May 2016)

Dates: May 28 - June 5, 2016
Cost: $2,300 - $2,500
Leader:Shawna Mitchell

Haiti is a beautiful, mountainous Caribbean country with a tropical climate that occupies the western third of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. While previously a French colony, Haiti declared its independence in 1804 as the first black republic. The country of Haiti is slightly smaller than the state of Maryland with a population of approximately 9.5 million people. Haiti was once one of the wealthiest colonies in the Caribbean largely based on its forestry and sugar-related industries. Due to deforestation, erosion, political unrest and natural disasters, Haiti is currently the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, with approximately 80% of the population living under the poverty line and more than 50% of them living in extreme poverty.

The people of Haiti are vibrant, hopeful people with a rich heritage. Children typically enter orphanages/creches in Haiti because of poverty, parental abandonment and neglect. Storyteller Mission teams work along orphanages to both interact/nurture the children and assist with any projects that are needed.

Meet the Team Leader, Shawna Mitchell:

Hi my name is Shawna Mitchell and I am so excited to be leading a team to Haiti. My husband, James, and I have been married for 15 years and we have 2 sons. We live in Duncan, Oklahoma, where my husband is a Youth Minister. We are currently in AWAA's Haiti adoption program and we are so excited about bringing home our two children.

I have recently joined AWAA on a trip to Port-au-Prince and it changed my life in so many ways. On this trip to Haiti we will be working in their partnering orphanages. Not only will we work to bring much needed supplies to the orphanages but you will be able to spend some time loving on these precious children. On this trip you will experience first hand not only the meaning of adoption but also the need for it.

Please prayerfully consider joining our team and let God show you his heart through the eyes of the Haitian children.