Though not a program activity, while in Hinche, many volunteers have enjoyed the following:
We urge you to attend somewhere on Sunday, simply to have a Haiti experience. Equally important, your presence (which is noticed) helps us build goodwill in our community. There are several denominations of churches.
Bassin Zim is a beautiful spring-fed 20-meter waterfall in the heart of the Central Plateau, located about 45 minutes from Hinche. Volunteers often like to swim and hike here during their stay and we can provide transportation. There is a small entrance fee.
Azil Feeding Center
Run by the Sisters of Charity, this feeding center is a short drive from the MFH house, and a good hour-long project. The center exists to provide nourishment and basic medical care to starving and ill-nourished children in the area. Small children live at the feeding center for as long as they need to gain healthy weight. Volunteers here can help with the feedings, hold babies, or play games with the toddlers.
Maison Fortune Orphanage
Veteran volunteers are well acquainted with this site, as it served as our previous housing location for midwife volunteers. The orphanage is home to over 200 boys and 60 girls, between the ages of 4-27. You can contribute to their mission by visiting the children and teaching an English lesson, painting nails, teaching a game, or donating small gifts of summer clothes, toiletries, toys, barrettes, small jewelry, and games.
Flower of Hope Outreach Elementary School
The Flower of Hope School began as a grass roots effort by one of our staff members, Emmanuel Bastia, with the support of our midwives. The school provides primary school education for the children in the Clory area and is very open to visitors and partnerships.
Hinche Moto Tour
For volunteers who are new to Hinche, we have a translator who offers a tour of the city of Hinche by motorcycle through the market, river, downtown plaza, and other major points of interest.
Local Artisan Sellers
Every Thursday, vendors set out their art outside the gate of the Midwives for Haiti house. You are more than welcome to take a look at their crafts and shop around with them.
Our good friend and Creole teacher, Kelby Noel, encourages volunteers to take lessons from him for $5 a lesson. He is typically available in the evenings. His lessons are quite good and you will learn a lot from him.