A group from Rochester is giving a helping hand to Haiti. This the third time The Dirt Road Project heads to the island nation on a mission trip. The group of over a dozen volunteers left the Greater Rochester International Airport at 5 a.m.
Along with their luggage, the missionary group is also taking medical supplies, and clothes which were inside several storage units that they brought with them.
They’ll be heading to a rural community located on the peninsula of Haiti in a township called, Nan Citron. The founder of the organization said there’s still a dire need in Haiti after two big natural disasters impacted them in the last seven years.
“As we went in 2012, right after the earthquake, we were impacted by coming back to the states where we have so much abundance. We felt that it was our calling to go back and give,” said April Benson, founder of The Dirt Road Project.
The group, which includes registered nurses, construction crews, along with volunteers, will spend 12 days in Nan Citron. They’ll put on health clinics, which will impact more than 400 people, help build up community schools, and construct a brand-new home for a family of six.
“We’re trying to work down there do our best to not only give but to teach so people can further themselves,” said Summer Benson, volunteer.
Once the group comes back from Haiti, they plan to build a special needs housing community Rochester under their village of hope initiative. That is expected to take place by this fall.
For more information: https://www.thedirtroadproject.org/