Read what others who have been to Haiti as volunteers for Renew Haiti have to say:
Signing up to go to Haiti was one of the best decisions I have ever made. One week in the village of St. Suzanne changed my entire life. Before the trip, I had no idea what to expect. I had never been on a mission trip before, and I had only been out of the country once (unless you count the Disney Cruise to the Bahamas). Honestly, I was scared. I was going out of the country without my parents and without any close friends. But I knew I was in for an incredible experience once we landed in Haiti. We stayed in St. Suzanne for the whole week, meeting the village people, playing with the children, and helping out the community in any way that we could. I loved every moment of it. Every day we would go down the road to a school and play games and work with the children. One day we brought balloons and the children had the time of their lives. It was their first time seeing a balloon. Small things like this just shows how blessed we are to live in America. From playing games, to cleaning out the warehouse, to handing food bags out, to visiting the sick and homebound, to dancing with the school children, to bonding with everyone that was on the mission trip with me, I found the beauty and happiness that comes from their simplistic lifestyle. We had so many laughs and good times with our team, and I made some very close friendships. Before this trip I didn't really know a world outside of where I lived. This trip opened my eyes to another part of the world though, and it opened my heart to something other than me. Haiti is where I learned that I love to serve others, and where I learned much about myself.
-- Sarah C., Teens for Haiti
I had the privilege of visiting the cities of Port Au Prince and Cap Haitian in Haiti on our way to our twinning parish in St. Suzanne. In having been to many other third world countries, I was expecting to see just another example of poverty on this ravaged island. This country and its needs are beyond description. What Renew Haiti and the people of Christ the King and their donations have done for this community is simply astonishing, from the drilling of wells to supply clean water, to the installation of water filters to assure that other sources of water are safe, to the building of schools educating over 1,000 children, to quality medical care. The dignity, pride and joy that are seen on their faces should be our satisfaction and joy as well. Two guarantees with any donation given are that 95% goes to the assistance of our brothers and sisters in Haiti and that this support changes lives.
-- Deacon Paul Haber, Christ the King Catholic Church
I am so privileged to have been able to have this experience. I learned a lot about myself, and realized just how lucky I am to have been given the life I have. While I was in Haiti there was such joy over the little things; I know no matter how much I contribute, it will bring some joy to at least one person. The people of St. Suzanne don't have the resources to lift themselves up, but I hope to be able to help them using the resources I have been blessed to have. I was fortunate to be part of the first dental team to St. Suzanne, Haiti. I knew that Haiti had an inexhaustible need for help like no other country. I had heard like everyone else about the terrible conditions in Haiti. I had been to third world countries in the past, but nothing prepared me for the widespread, abject poverty I witnessed. Looking at the line of patients that stretched on indefinitely, I immediately recalled the Bible story of Jesus and his disciples feeding the thousands with just five loaves and two fish. I along with our medical team would try to do the best we could for so many with just a limited amount of supplies. Our team saw hundreds of patients with a variety of ailments not normally seen here at home. We did more dental surgery in one week than I would do in a year. All the while, the patients waited very patiently, considering some walked for three hours just to get in line. Nevertheless, with the multitude of patients waiting to be seen, my spirit did not falter. For each patient brought with them something more rewarding than anything I had to offer. And when I left, my basket was overflowing knowing that I helped my fellow man.
-- Dr. Robert Perez, Dentist
My experiences in Haiti: words will never capture. Nothing could have prepared me for my journey. Superficially, I saw a group of people suffering; never having enough to eat and deprived of basic needs. I went with the intention of helping the Haitian people but soon realized the Haitian people were helping me. I learned to distinguish wants and needs. That can sometimes stifle our ability to enjoy God's presence in the simplest moments. I transitioned from a feeling of pity to one of admiration, to never measure blessings by material things but rather by love.
-- Olivia B., helped with medical mission trip as a teen
I am so privileged to have been able to have this experience. I learned a lot about myself, and realized just how lucky I am to have been given the life I have. While I was in Haiti there was such joy over the little things; I know no matter how much I contribute, it will bring some joy to at least one person. The people of St. Suzanne don't have the resources to lift themselves up, but I hope to be able to help them using the resources I have been blessed to have.
-- Rachel H., Teens for Haiti