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.
Haitian Art for the Holidays
Looking for holiday gift ideas in Central Ohio? HAM will have lots of Haitian art for sale the weekend of November 14 & 15 at Granville's First Presbyterian Church's annual Holiday Harvest Fair! The Fair will be open from 8:30 a.m. -1 p.m. on Saturday with breakfast and lunch available. Sunday times are from 8am until after the 11am service. This may be your last opportunity to find that perfect piece of Haitian art in 2015!
2016's First Mission to Haiti
January 17 will begin a new year of HAM missions to Haiti with an exciting new project. Two artists from Ojai, CA will be joining Dr. Tracee, Paul and Dr. Leslie to lead two art initiatives at the Dumnay Clinic. Gayel Childress, a painter, will work with a group of teens from the high school adjacent to the clinic to create a mural on an exterior wall of the clinic. Linda Taylor, a paper and print maker, will work with a group of local women, teaching them to make their own paper and print their own designs to create hand-crafted note cards to sell. Be sure to follow this exciting new project on our Facebook page.
Dr Tracee with some of the students to be involved in the mural project.

2015's Final Mission to Haiti
October 15-23 marked the last time a U.S. team was in Haiti for this year. Dr. Tracee and Paul made the trip and you can read about the mission on our NEWS & EVENTS Page.

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Read about HAM's most recent fundraisers in Asheville, NC and Santa Cruz, CA on our NEWS & EVENTS Page.

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.