Volunteers Supporting the People of Haiti


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Healing Art Missions exists to support those in need around the world. Beginning in 1998, we have been supporting the people of Haiti in the areas of health, nutrition, education, housing, and social justice. Our work is committed to fostering the dignity of the individual, respecting the ways of the community, and reflecting the strength of a loving God.

Photo by Jessica Phelps for the Newark Advocate

We are a group of people from all walks of life committed to sharing our talents, resources and good fortune with those less fortunate.

Non-profit 501(c)(3) group, U.S. Federal Tax ID #311618706

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On October 20, 2008,
a chance meeting began a new chapter for Healing Art Mission’s when Paul Hammond stumbled upon Dr. Tracee Laing, founding director of HAM, in the dining room of St. Joseph’s Home for Boys and Guesthouse. Realizing their beliefs and values closely aligned, Paul began working with HAM from Haiti, where he was living at the time.  The two quickly formed a strong working partnership, which soon transcended to a personal relationship best described as that of soul mates.

On October 4, 2012, while in Haiti at HAM’s Centre de Santé Dumay, the two had another serendipitous moment when Pastor Charlie, a team member of a visiting partnering organization from Richmond, VA, spontaneously offered to tie the two’s knot. They accepted, and at 4:30pm outside the Centre de Santé Dumay, Dr. Tracee and Paul were wed. The five members of the visiting team from Richmond, and four Haitian friends and co-workers attended the impromptu ceremony. It was a small, simple and perfect ceremony. Both bride and groom wore HAM work shirts and the couple was toasted with Prestige.

Entwined in life and Haiti, Dr. Tracee, Paul and HAM look forward to a long and productive future together.

To see photos of the event, go to HAM’s October Mission Blog HERE.
Hurricane Matthew
Devastates Haiti
The Category 4 hurricane slammed into south-west Haiti on Tuesday, October 4th. The death toll has been steadily rising and the UN reports an estimated 1.4 million people are in need of emergency aid. The major damage from Matthew was along the south-west peninsula where several towns and villages where practically wiped out and survivors cut off from the rest of the country.
Of the three communities in Haiti where HAM directly works, the mountain community of Demier in the south of the island saw the most damage with mudslides. Thankfully there have been no reports of fatalities in any of our communities and the Dumay clinic was undamaged and only closed on Tuesday. However, many crops have been destroyed and all of Haiti must now brace for severe food shortages. Additionally, we are bracing for an increase in cholera as well as mosquito borne diseases such as malaria, dengue, chickenungya and zika. We are currently working with our partners such as Direct Relief International to do all we can to have the necessary medicine and supplies on hand.
Dr. Tracee and Paul Hammond will arrive in Haiti on October 23rd to help assess the needs in our communities and offer our staff staff whatever support is needed. Please follow us on Facebook to get all the latest news and find out what's happening on the ground once we arrive.
HAM will have increased expenses to effectively respond to Matthew and we appreciate any additional support you can provide. To donate visit our Support Page.

HAM an Official Haitian ONG

In early April, HAM was officially declared as a legal non-profit, Non-Governmental-Organization (NGO in the U.S. and OGN in Haiti) by the Haitian Ministry of Planification. While we have been partners with the Haitian Ministry of Health (MSPP) since early 2010, we have not had full governmental recognition until now. We first applied for official status in 2010, but the wheels of bureaucracy turn slowly. This new official status will hopefully bring us better access to in-country medicines, equipment and services, and supposedly speed up the process of importing medicine and equipment with no import fees. 
Great thanks go out to our Haitian Medical Director, Dr. Jean Fritz Jacques, who has tirelessly and doggedly pursued the process over the past six years. 
It's nice to finally be recognized as official!

April Mission
Follow the HAM team as they dodge mosquitoes and try to beat the heat during the second mission of 2016. Read their BLOG!

We are very saddened to announce that our dear friend and colleague Marlie Dulaurier died 12/26/15 after a long battle with complications of Guillain-Barre Syndrome.

In the words of Leslie Mihalov, "We have so many wonderful memories of Marlie as a physician and friend but what is most remarkable to all of us was her faith. All that she went through did not alter her faith in God. She was an inspiration. As a Haitian American, Marlie was proud to serve with our Healing ArtMissions team in Haiti. All our friends in Haiti will miss her too. If you would like to read more about her incredible fight she kept a blog; www.marlsdula.com. Please keep Marlie’s family in your prayers…at least she is not in pain anymore."

Marlie continues to inspire all of us at HAM.

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HAM Projects



With the first HAM Mission of 2016 came a new look for the Dumay Clinic! Last Fall, we built a covered patient waiting (seen above on the right side) and during January's mission a beautiful new mural was painted on the side of the clinic building greeting patients with a warmth and hope. Joining Dr. Tracee, Dr. Leslie and Paul in January were three Rotarians from Ojai, CA who ran two art programs for our community. Gayel Childress, a painter, worked with teens from the high school adjacent to the clinic to design and paint the above mural, and Linda Taylor, a paper and print maker, worked with a group of local women, teaching them the skills to make their own paper and print their own designs to create hand-crafted note cards to sell. Gayel and Linda T were joined by Linda Burr, and Ojai business owner, who assisted on both projects. The experience was wonderful for all and you can read the Mission Blog and see lots of photos of the projects HERE.
Detail of a section of the new mural designed and painted by local teens.

All of us at Healing Art Missions want to thank our amazing supporters for your incredible generosity and faith in our work. Living and working in Haiti presents some of the greatest challenges in the world and HAM is blessed with a hard working and dedicated staff in Haiti with incredible support from individuals throughout North America. We couldn't do it without them or you! 

To learn more about HAM's achievements in 2015 you can download PDFs of our ANNUAL REPORT and END-OF-YEAR LETTER from our founder and director, Dr. Tracee Laing.

THANKS TO Granville's First Presbyterian Church's for once again hosting HAM as part of their annual Holiday Harvest Fair in November! And a BIG THANK YOU to all those who purchased art and/or made a donation at this fun event to support our work to help Haitians help themselves!

January 12, 2015 marks the six-year anniversary of one of the worse disasters known to humankind, the earthquake that killed between 200,000 and 300,000 people. We remember and honor those who were lost. We continue to fight with those who survived, to make a better life for themselves and their families. Healing Art Missions remains in Haiti, working in solidarity with the Haitian people.

is a major HAM partner, having provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical supplies and medicine to Centre de Santé, Dumay over the past several years. DRI has featured HAM on their BLOG; read the article HERE!

Healing Art Mission's most important work
in Haiti happens every day as we provide Haitians the resources they need to help themselves. In Dumay, this includes employing 30 Haitians to provide primary health care for a community of 20,000. Longtime HAM supporter, Janie Drake, understands the needs and came up with an idea to help the women of Dumay by organizing her friends in Granville, OH. She asked each to donate $10 a month, requiring just 20 friends to completely support one nurse, who is often the only employed person in their family.
It is only through the support of individuals like Janie and her friends, churches like the 1st Presbyterian Church of Granville, and community groups such as Rotary and Lions Club, that we are able to improve the quality of life in Haitian communities such as Dumay. If you are not already one of our supporters, we hope you will consider investing in the Haitian people through a donation to HAM today!

Jessica Phelps a photo-journalist working for the Newark Advocate, was embedded for a week with the HAM January/February mission 2014. Here are links to a short video and photo essays she produced while in Haiti:

In April of 2012, Global Eyes Media captured Healing Art Missions in action in Dumay, Haiti. The resulting photo essays and the short film,  Dumay an Santé, can be experienced at their website, http://www.globaleyesmedia.com/.
Please visit their site and see their wonderful work from Haiti and El Salvador.