To LaGonâve, Haiti, for a World Hope International Ribbon-Cutting Event
Saturday, March 28th 2020
Suggested Arrival Date
Thursday, March 26th 2020
Suggested Departure Date
Sunday, March 29th 2020
March 5th, 2020
RSVP to Dan Irvine
Please let us know of any dietary restrictions.
About the Event
After months of conceiving, planning, partnering, building, the time has come to celebrate!
Join World Hope International (WHI) West Indies Self-Help (WISH), and GivePower for the grand opening of WHI’s Solar-Powered Water Desalination and Distribution Center, a self-sustaining, environmentally friendly, solar-powered water desalination and distribution center that will produce 20,000 gallons of clean water per day.
In addition to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, enjoy a tour of the new facility, the nearby agricultural garden demo, and the beneficiary hospital; as well as a peek at WHI’s newest undertaking. Guests will also have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the Caribbean and spend the evening in conversations with local directors about the impact of these projects.
The country of Haiti has endured a period of political unrest throughout 2019.
As of now, while peaceful protests continue, the violence and unrest of last year has not reappeared in 2020.
However, after careful consideration, the decision has been made to transport visitors directly by air to the event in order to avoid overland travel through areas which may be considered risky.
We reccomend you fly into Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday afternoon (March 26) or Friday (March 27).
After you RSVP, we will work with you to arrange a round-trip shuttle flight from Port-au-Prince to the island of LaGonâve, where you will be met by local hosts and taken to your prepared accommodations.
Travel insurance is required. WHI uses and trusts Gallagher Insurance and you can register and use it, too.
Passports, Visa's, and Landing Cards
A valid passport is necessary for flying into Haiti.
Several airlines serve the international airport in Port-au-Prince and a visa will be necessary to enter Haiti, but you can purchase it at immigration in the Port-au-Prince airport for only $10USD.
A landing card will be supplied to you by the airline before landing. Use the information below and your own cell phone number for the Haitian address the card will require:
The Wesleyan Guesthouse
Anse-a-Galet, La Gonave, Haiti
The accommodations there are varied from large dormitory type rooms to individual units. The site is very remote, but it does have 24-hour electricity cooled by fans, there is no air conditioning so clothing should be light. Each room has a bathroom with toilet, sink and shower. There is no hot water, but it will be warm enough that you won’t notice.
The guesthouse is inside a secure compound with 24-hour security and hosted by a very experienced local staff that has served thousands of visitors.
No vaccinations are required but Typhoid is recommended and a malaria prophylactic is important.
Chloroquine Phosphate is still the recommended prophylactic for Haiti even if your family physician says otherwise, as Haiti has not yet developed resistant varieties of malaria. However, please follow your doctor’s advice.
Internet and Phone
The Internet is very limited, so if you require it, please be prepared to use your data plan. Most US cell-service providers automatically link with a Haiti carrier for a low cost (including AT&T and Verizon).
Drinking water will be provided for you on LaGonâve. We do recommend bringing a reusable water bottle with you.
Itinerary of Events & Activities
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Saturday, March 28, 11:00 a.m.
Local Activities – Friday afternoon & Saturday afternoon:
- New water plant
- Demonstration Garden
- Mountain Garden
- WISH water capture system (hike)
- Wesleyan Hospital tour
- WISH ice plant
- Sand Bar swim & snorkel – Saturday afternoon enjoyable for anyone (swimmer or not)
Partner Conversations – Friday & Saturday evenings
Sunday Worship Opportunities, all within walking distance:
- Wesleyan Church
- Roman Catholic Church
- Episcopalian Church
- Baptist Church
- Saline Church WISH partner
Please note Haitians dress up for church. Women will be most comfortable in a skirt or dress; men should have a button up shirt and long slacks.
Gallons of clean water per day
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