Volunteers Supporting the People of Haiti


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Healing Art Missions exists to support those in need around the world. Beginning in 1998, we have been supporting the people of Haiti in the areas of health, nutrition, education, housing, and social justice. Our work is committed to fostering the dignity of the individual, respecting the ways of the community, and reflecting the strength of a loving God.

Photo by Jessica Phelps for the Newark Advocate

We are a group of people from all walks of life committed to sharing our talents, resources and good fortune with those less fortunate.

Non-profit 501(c)(3) group, U.S. Federal Tax ID #311618706

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On October 20, 2008,
a chance meeting began a new chapter for Healing Art Mission’s when Paul Hammond stumbled upon Dr. Tracee Laing, founding director of HAM, in the dining room of St. Joseph’s Home for Boys and Guesthouse. Realizing their beliefs and values closely aligned, Paul began working with HAM from Haiti, where he was living at the time.  The two quickly formed a strong working partnership, which soon transcended to a personal relationship best described as that of soul mates.

On October 4, 2012, while in Haiti at HAM’s Centre de Santé Dumay, the two had another serendipitous moment when Pastor Charlie, a team member of a visiting partnering organization from Richmond, VA, spontaneously offered to tie the two’s knot. They accepted, and at 4:30pm outside the Centre de Santé Dumay, Dr. Tracee and Paul were wed. The five members of the visiting team from Richmond, and four Haitian friends and co-workers attended the impromptu ceremony. It was a small, simple and perfect ceremony. Both bride and groom wore HAM work shirts and the couple was toasted with Prestige.

Entwined in life and Haiti, Dr. Tracee, Paul and HAM look forward to a long and productive future together.

To see photos of the event, go to HAM’s October Mission Blog HERE.
January 12, 2015 marks the five-year anniversary of one of the worse disasters known to humankind, the earthquake that killed between 200,000 and 300,000 people. We remember and honor those who were lost. We continue to fight with those who survived, to make a better life for themselves and their families. Healing Art Missions remains in Haiti, working in solidarity with the Haitian people.

January 2015 Mission to Haiti
On January 18, Dr. Tracee and Paul will arrive in Port-au-Prince to begin our first mission for 2015. The team will expand to five on the 25th when Dr. Leslie Mihalov, Dr. Janine Flood and Sharon Phelps arrive. You can read about the mission and follow their BLOG once they arrive,

For anyone new to Healing Art Missions,
we encourage you to read the
from our founder and Medical Director, Dr. Tracee Laing, as well as our

On Saturday, October 25th, we took possession of our new 2014 Toyota Hilux! Paul, Dr. Tracee and all of us at HAM give a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who contributed and helped us meet our goal to purchase this wonderful new vehicle! It truly makes an enormous difference and we couldn't have done it without you!

HAM's October Mission!
Dr. Tracee Laing and Paul Hammond arrived in Haiti October 19th for two weeks. They were joined for the second week by Dr. Leslie Mihalov. You can read about the mission and the teams Blog directly from Haiti HERE!

Jessica Phelps a photo-journalist working for the Newark Advocate, was embedded for a week with the HAM January/February mission. Here are links to a short video and photo essays she produced while in Haiti:

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In April of 2012, Global Eyes Media captured Healing Art Missions in action in Dumay, Haiti. The resulting photo essays and the short film,  Dumay an Santé, can be experienced at their website, http://www.globaleyesmedia.com/.
Please visit their site and see their wonderful work from Haiti and El Salvador.

to all the folks who visited the Holiday Harvest Fair on November 15th and supported HAM's work in Haiti through your purchase of Haitian art and crafts. Thanks also to the
Presbyterian Women of First Presbyterian Church who sponsored this event. The event made $2,500 that will go directly towards Haitians helping themselves!

 Healing Haiti: A Celebration with
Brunch, Art & Music
In September, long time friends and supporters, Martha and Ray Mendoza hosted a celebration and benefit for HAM in Santa Cruz, California. The free event featured over 60 pieces of Haitian art for sale, live music by local band Bad Neighbor, and a scrumptious brunch catered by Chef Jonathan Miller. The  successful event raised $3,000 for HAM's work in Haiti!
We greatly appreciate the efforts of the Mendoza Family, Harry & Vivian Snyder who allowed us to use their beautiful house for this event, Chef Jonathan Miller, and everyone else involved and who attended for making this a fun and supportive day in Santa Cruz! We look forward to doing this again next year!

First Community Church in Columbus!
HAM participated in the annual Farmers Market on August 24th, and the parishioners responded enthusiastically. We offered a wide variety of Haitian art, from paintings, to wood and stone carving, to metal art, and we sold the majority of our inventory. HAM raised $1,165 at this event, all of which will go directly to support our programs in Haiti. 
First Community Church was also a major partner providing matching contributions for our successful Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. This campaign raised $40,600 for the purchase and equipping of a new truck in Haiti to directly support our programs. 
HAM greatly appreciates our partnership with the First Community Church in Columbus!

Granville Ecumenical Vacation Bible School featured HAM and the importance of clean water during their 2014 session the week of June 9th. Hosted by First Presbyterian Church, St. Edwards, St. Lukes, United Church of Granville and Centenary United Methodist Church, the over 200 children involved also raised $500 to support HAM's clean water projects.  

is a major HAM partner, having provided hundreds of thousands of dollars of medical supplies and medicine to Centre de Santé, Dumay over the past several years. DRI has featured HAM on their BLOG; read the article HERE!

Healing Art Mission's most important work
in Haiti happens every day as we provide Haitians the resources they need to help themselves. In Dumay, this includes employing 30 Haitians to provide primary health care for a community of 20,000. Longtime HAM supporter, Janie Drake, understands the needs and came up with an idea to help the women of Dumay by organizing her friends in Granville, OH. She asked each to donate $10 a month, requiring just 20 friends to completely support one nurse, who is often the only employed person in their family.
It is only through the support of individuals like Janie and her friends, churches like the 1st Presbyterian Church of Granville, and community groups such as Rotary and Lions Club, that we are able to improve the quality of life in Haitian communities such as Dumay. If you are not already one of our supporters, we hope you will consider investing in the Haitian people through a donation to HAM today!