Haiti is a small country, with a large population, on the western side of the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean.
It is a beautiful contry with a sad history. First occupied by the Spanish and then the French, its natural
resources were harvested by the French and shipped to France. The slave revolution of 1791 resulted in
the formation of the first black republic in 1804.
Today, it is the poorest country in the western hemisphere and one of the four poorest in the world.
The Tovar Medical Clinic was opened in 1985 by a group from the United States. It serves a rural population of
of about 60,000 people in the region of Grison Garde 25 miles south of the city of Cap Haitien.
All volunteer medical teams travel from the U.S. to the clinic four times a year. These teams are composed of physicians,
dentists, nurses and lay volunteers who provide the only medical care the residents of Grison Garde receive.
Between team trips, the clinic is staffed by a Haitian physician and nurses ensuring ongoing medical care.
WELCOME TO OUR WEBSITE
If you are looking for "The Haiti Mission" website, this is it. We have recently applied for and received a
501(c)(3) non-profit designation and are renamed The Haiti Mission Foundation or THMF. We still
operate, as did our predecessoor, as an all volunteer organization and are headquartered in Charlottesville,
Virginia, in the United States.
Haitian medical professionals are an integral part of this effort and include a physician, nurses, and staff -
e.g., interpreters for the visiting medical teams from the U.S., lab technicians, drivers, etc. These Haitian
personnel are paid by the Foundation.
The medical teams from the U.S. are composed of volunteers each of whom pay their full expenses to Haiti and
back as well as their expenses while in Haiti. Each team is composed of 20-25 individuals picked from a pool
of about 300 professionals from all regions of the U.S.
100% of all funds raised by the Foundation are used to support the clinic. No one from the U.S. receives any
compensation for their efforts.