HANDS Across Haiti
HANDS Across Haiti (The Humanitarian Alliance and Network Development Strategy – HANDS) is an online community. Using the power of online social networking, we are making the task of helping Haiti easier than ever before.
By weaving a continually growing thread of more than 600 active doctors, nurses, teachers, pastors, directors, craftsmen, and other skilled workers, HANDS Across Haiti makes it possible to ignite new working relationships, share resources, compile knowledge, and cover great distances quickly and efficiently.
Since the site’s launch in 2008, countless connections have been made, resources shared, and lives touched. We have received an abundant outpouring positive responses.
Fireside International seeks to employ a small team of Haitians to run the site full-time for the purposes of improving response time, adding an active element to the community, and to provide a few quality jobs to skilled people. If you are interested in partnering with Fireside to underwrite this initiative, please let us know using the form below.
To apply for a HANDS Across Haiti account, please click here.
Here are some of the initial testimonials in response to the launch of HANDS in 2008:
HANDS is an answered prayer. After being in Haiti for 10 1/2 years, I’ve come to appreciate the need for support, advice, and friends. Being in a rural mountain setting makes each of these hard. No, I’ll just go ahead and say down right near impossible. I’ve went over a year without seeing or speaking to another American. I’ve been at the end of my rope, ready to quit. I’ve been in scary situations and needed the assistance and shelter of another missionary for my protection. I’ve fought disease, poverty, and death with losing results. I’ve felt lonely, lost, and forgotten. These things are normal, daily circumstances for many of the quiet heroes in humanitarian aid across the world.
This just shouldn’t be. With wide-spread technology and numerous resources, it should seem that there should be a way to bridge this gap and overcome the isolation. I’ve mentioned to several individuals, ministries, and organizations to take on this project for the benefit of all. It always seemed like this task was too large, too overwhelming. How do you join hundreds of people from hundreds of different backgrounds with hundreds of different objectives into one place where they can share ideas, prayer requests, and solutions? There are several different social groups around Haiti, but could those circles intertwine into a strong and effective network? Most people I have talked to in the past said no. And that’s where it stopped.
After mentioning this to several people and getting negative responses, I figured that I was crazy or at least leaning that way. I shut my mouth and opened up to the Lord in prayer. I just needed a friend. I needed to know that someone else was out there fighting the good fight. I know that you can’t save the world, but I needed the encouragement that I should still keep on trying. I wanted to share the good information that I had heard about last week. I wanted to ask if anyone else has ever run across a particular problem and how it was solved. I needed to refer a sick child to a hospital that could care for him. I needed to find a place to send our chaplain for training. I wanted to connect some difficult surgical cases with surgical teams that were coming in. I wanted to hear about how to start a successful sustainable project. I needed to know that I wasn’t alone, there were others, and we were somehow in this together. I hoped and prayed for a network.
HANDS is an answered prayer. I am finding all of these things that I prayed for and so much more. HANDS provides connections, supplies, aid, ideas, solutions, referrals, prayer support, training, and opportunities. But those are the surface aspects. Underneath those benefits are more than HANDS is offering. Possibilities are unlimited. Isolation is shattered. Strength is obtained. Hope is restored. Those of us that are diligently working here in Haiti have found a new resource and tool in our work and a new excitement and expectation in our spirits. With each new post, we are growing in knowledge. With each new forum topic, we are finding solutions. With each new member, we are building a connective network to help bring change, health, education, justice, and hope to a people and country that we each each deeply love.
Real Hope For Haiti
As a young family preparing to enter the mission field of Haiti, my wife and I both understand the immense need for networking. Support back home is important, but once in the mission field it is VITAL to have people you know and trust all around you. HANDS enables users to meet others in the same work, both in Haiti and back home. It has enabled us to keep in contact with missionaries in Haiti and those traveling back and forth, like us. This allows us to share resources, information, and great Christian fellowship. Ultimately, it multiplies the benefit for the Haitian people we are serving. I cannot say enough about HANDS accross Haiti.
Thanks to Hands Across Haiti I am able to maintain contact easily with a growing community of committed people who are working for a better Haiti.