Haitian Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Trip (HHART)

HHART - A Service Adventure of a Lifetime!

HHART is the acronym that identifies a series of Haitian Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Trips inspired, funded and led by Rotarians from Rotary District 7010 (central Canada). The primary mission of HHART is to provide much needed medical, dental and other forms of humanitarian assistance to a segment of approximately 12,000 impoverished, disadvantaged persons (primarily of Haitian heritage) that live near Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. HHART 5 is the fifth mission since HHART began in 2011. The HHART 5 team will deploy to the Dominican Republic from Toronto on Tuesday April 22, 2014 and returns ten days later on Friday May 2.

Operating primarily from a recently constructed and modern wellness centre, the HHART 5 Medical team will provide basic medical services and the Dental team will perform extractions and restorative procedures. "Physician Travel Packs" and "Dental Travel Packs" prepared in Canada will provide these teams the bulk of the supplies and medicine they require. Translators and medical personnel from Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be embedded in the teams to ensure patients receive the best care and treatment possible.

The HHART 5 Construction team will complete numerous small construction projects and trades training in various settlements, but their main focus will be restorative projects in the extremely poor communities of Batey Congrejo, Poncho Mateo and Cariballo.

The HHART 5 Distribution, Education and Training team will deliver sleeping mattresses, and hygiene packs to those most in need in the poorest settlements. Clothing and footwear collected from donors in Canada will be delivered to a ladies clothing co-operative operating in the villages. Sports balls, skipping ropes, colouring books and crayons will be given to the children. This team will also provide health and hygiene education. This team will also deliver livestock and support a small animal spay and neuter clinic being operated during the HHART 5 mission.   

For more information about HHART, visit our website at www.HHART.info, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HHART.info and Twitter at @rotaryhhart, or contact HHART Coordinator Rotarian Steve Wallace by phone at (705) 444-4012 or email at steve@HHART.info.

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Have a HHART - Help Us Help Others

Please support the HHART series of service missions and associated projects with a cash donation. Proceeds received before May 1, 2014 go directly towards HHART 5 operations. We are presently collecting money to fund medical clinics ($2,400 for medicine and medical supplies), dental clinics ($1,200 for dental supplies), construction of a fourth new house ($5,100), converting a derelict building into a community centre ($1,000), repairs to homes of community elders ($1,500), 7 children's feeding programs ($875), emergency medical treatment fund ($3,150), Business development Loan ($1,000), fitness and recreation equipment for a men's shelter ($1,500) and to purchase the following: 50 mattresses ($55each), 10 goats ($125 each), 25 laying hens ($20 each). Donations via PayPal are collected by the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach & Area on behalf of all HHART teams. For those who choose to contribute, thank you very much for helping improve the lives of those less fortunate. We appreciate your generosity and your support of HHART!

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