PROSPERITY — Missions of love, including adopting a Haitian child in 2009, have cemented the connection between Michael and Karin White and the people of Haiti.
Now the husband and wife are on another mission with their friends Anderson and Anita Higgins, founders of Missions of Love-Haiti. The couple founded Missions of Love-Haiti, a 501(c)3 organization, in 1998.
The work has paid for the education of several children from elementary school and high school to college. Now the graduates are helping rebuild the area using the education they received.
“We now have two generations of people we have touched and we are putting that second generation through school,” Karin White said.
She and her husband, Dr. Michael White, work with Anderson and Anita to provide medical missions to the people of Haiti. The Whites have paid for one young man to attend nursing school.
“He will help us with the clinic while we are in country,” she said.
Michael White, who works at the Newberry Wound Clinic and as a Newberry physician, will provide medial care to Haitians on the trip.
She said others will help with tele-medicine, where missionaries send photos of a rash or wound to Dr. White so he can get an advance look at a case prior to landing in the country.
The group also will check on a new school in Les Cayes Haiti on the southern peninsula about four hours away from Port Au Prince. The school serves about 440 students and serves one free meal per day. White said they serve about 5,000 meals per month.
“Last year the school was built in a region where there had never been a school before,” White said. “The school is for students from age 2 until fourth grade but some of the fourth-graders are 16 years old because they never had the opportunity to go to school before.”
The team also will participate in the school’s first kindergarten graduation.
The main part of the mission is to go to the school and provide a medical clinic. White said the group will spend three days in Port Au Prince where they will work on four hut houses in need of repair. Tarp walls will be changed to block walls with the help of an architect/engineer.
The builders will teach locals how to make similar repairs so they can work on more homes once the mission group leaves.
Missions of Love collects donations in Newberry County and surrounding towns and send them by ship into the country. They visit the country twice per year to distribute the clothing, food, toys, school supplies and care packs.
They will send 55-gallon drums of supplies in advance of the trip, supplies like clothes, rice and beans.
For more information and to donate online, visit www.missionsoflovehaiti.com. The mailing address is Missions of Love-Haiti, 182 Hunter Lane, Prosperity, SC 29127.