HEALING ART MISSIONS

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.
 
ART from the HEART: ASHEVILLE 2015
 
Sunday, August 30th marks HAM's return to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC for the 9th consecutive year! If you are in the Asheville area that weekend, please plan to join us fora silent auction of Haitian art, with all proceeds directly supporting HAM's programs in Haiti!
 
You can read about last year's Art from the Heart event in Asheville, and learn about how it all started by visiting our NEWS & EVENTS Page.


HAITIAN STREET ART IN SANTA CRUZ
 
 
All our Central and Northern California friends, mark your calendar for Sunday, October 11th from 2 to 4PM!
We're excited to announce our annual Haitian art sale event in Santa Cruz, California will take place downtown at the Museum of Art and History! Once again hosted by our great friends Ray and Martha Mendoza, this year's event will feature a silent auction of specially selected Haitian art and craft items, food by local chef Jonathan Miller of Eat Right at Home, and live music by Los Malangueros. 
 
“Santa Cruz is a community that cares deeply about helping our world, but there are times when I’m not sure where money is going to end up when I send it abroad,” said Martha Mendoza. “Healing Art Missions provides our family a great opportunity to directly touch people in critical need, and know every dollar we raise supports them.” 

We hope you'll join Ray, Martha and HAM directors, Dr. Tracee Laing and Paul Hammond on Sunday, October 11th, 2:00 to 4:00 at MAH, and have a great time while supporting HAM’s work to help Haitians help themselves!


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for once again including Healing Art Missions in their annual Farmers Market held on August 16th! This was the most recent opportunity for folks in Central Ohio to purchase Haitian art and support HAM's work to help Haitians help themselves.
 

 
January 12, 2015 marked the five-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.
 

For anyone new to Healing Art Missions,
we encourage you to read the
from our founder and Medical Director, Dr. Tracee Laing, as well as our

 
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.