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.
 
John Harlow visiting a home bound patient in 2012
 
On April 7th, Dr. Tracee and Paul returned to Haiti. For this April Mission we are joined by two volunteers John Harlow, a fourth year medical student from North Carolina, and Thomas Mendoza, a sophomore college student from Santa Cruz, CA. John was with us in 2012 after he had just started medical school and we're delighted to have him join us again. We're excited to have Thomas with us for his first trip to Haiti. Besides going to college, Thomas works as a free-lance photographer, his work being published by the Associated Press, and is currently the official photographer for the San Jose Sharks. John and Thomas will be visiting the mountain community of Demier. After John and Thomas return to the U.S. on April 18th, Dr. Tracee and Paul will head to Port-de-Paix on the north coast to visit the Charles Salomon Primary School, where HAM has been funding teachers salaries for several years. Be sure to follow the teams adventures on their April 2015 Mission Blog.
 

Baudin-Gros Sable Adult Literacy Program
 
Thanks to an initial gift from the Doug and Joan Mock Family in 2014, HAM was able to create a new Adult Literacy Program at the Charles Salomon Primary School n the Baudin-Gros Sable neighborhood of Port-de-Paix last September. We are delighted to report that the Rotary Foundation of Granville has recently provided funding to keep this important program operating into 2016.
 
HAM funds salaries for teachers at the Charles Salomon Primary School, and the Adult Literacy Program came about at the request of parents in the Baudin-Gros Sable neighborhood where the school is located. Many adults in the neighborhood never learned to read or write, and seeing the local children successfully progressing through school inspired them to ask for help. This program is a terrific example of how a successful partnership between HAM and community works in Haiti.

January 2015 Mission to Haiti
On January 18, Dr. Tracee and Paul arrived in Port-au-Prince to begin HAM's first mission for 2015. The team expanded to five on the 25th when Dr. Leslie Mihalov, Dr. Janine Flood and Sharon Phelps arrive. You can read about the mission and follow their BLOG

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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.