Mission Trip Experience
Fondwa is a very safe community and families should feel comfortable traveling together. Trips focus on relational experiences. Each day we begin with coffee at a neighbor’s house to learn more about their life before we head to our work site.
Trips can be catered to the groups’ gifts and needs. Construction projects are led by our Haitian construction teams and Zanmi Fondwa groups assist as needed. There are opportunities to mentor children at the Fatima Orphanage providing craft projects, games and love and nurture. For groups who focus on environmental causes, you may desire to work with the Fondwa reforestation team.
- The cost of a trip is $900 plus airfare (per individual).
- Cost includes housing, meals, insurance, transportation, translators, cultural activities, work materials, and a beach trip.
- We do allow high school students to travel as a group.
- Anyone younger than 9th grade will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Each trip participant must complete the Mission Trip Information form. Please click on the button below to submit your form(s) electronically.
If you prefer to pay with a credit card, please select the payment option below. Trip deposits are nonrefundable. Payments may also be sent by check to our mailing address (see below).
Please select the button below to pay for your airfare. The trip coordinator will provide the amount to you prior to departure.
“The people of Fondwa taught me by example what true selflessness looks like.”
“Fondwa’s poverty looks different than what we might see in Indiana. Haiti’s needs are overwhelming and sobering–humbling in a way that is difficult to understand until experiencing it yourself. Ten people living in a lopsided house held up by poles, no running water, toilets or showers; recognizing someone not just by their face but an outfit that’s not been changed for days: after my first trip to Fondwa, viewing my home and possessions in the same way was impossible.
The blurred line of what I need and what I want suddenly came into focus. I’ve seen the hardship of poverty, but I’ve also learned something about kindness. The people of Fondwa taught me by example what true selflessness looks like.
During my first trip to Haiti, we brought candy for the children at the orphanage. Whenever we handed a child a treat, he would run back, bite the candy in half, and give the rest to someone who had nothing. Some mornings the neighbors would invite us to their homes where they would make and serve us coffee.
The people of Fondwa made each other and us feel cared for and safe. The ways in which they tend to one another made as big an impression on me as their economic needs.”