Following Haiti’s devastating 7.0 earthquake in 2010, Tony established The Haitian Initiative as an important arm of The Sanneh Foundation to provide hope and inspiration to the people of Haiti starting with the children. He invites you to feel the pulse of this developing nation and to take an active role in the future of its children. Each morning, Impact Trip participants experience the cultural and social aspects of Haiti. They spend their afternoons at the HI complex in Cité Soleil. Some choose to work at the feeding center where they help HI staff with equipment distribution, English instruction and meal preparation, distribution and cleanup. Others visit the field and actively work with the coaches and the players during soccer training sessions.
Participants who travel as a soccer teams have the option to scrimmage and play Haitian teams at training facilities in nearby communities.
“Once you cross over that line onto this field, it is a sacred place. You are making a commitment so this is actually your space now. We are building a structure so that there is an honor code to be part of the program … this is what we wear, this is what we do, this is how we act. When I cross this line, I am on the job. When I go outside the line, I’m representing these children and their future . Most of the time, the meal these kids get here is the only meal they get during the day, but this is about more than feeding children, it’s about preparing them for life.” Tony Sanneh
COST AND DETAILS
Cost: $800 per person/7 days
- Accommodations at Nicole’s Place
- Local transportation
- Breakfast and dinner
- Interpreter and Guide
Price does not include:
- Optional attractions
UPCOMING IMPACT TRIPS
January 15 - 22, 2017*
January 30 - Feb 6, 2017 (special 35 and under trip)
March 12 - 19, 2017
March 19 - 26, 2017
March 26 - April 2, 2017
April 2 - 9, 2017*
June 25 - July 2, 2017
July 2 - July 9, 2017
Use the form at the bottom of the page to start planning your group trip! Dates are flexible.
*Trip planned with Tony Sanneh
Nicole Megaloudis was a promising young soccer player at Virginia Commonwealth University when she was killed in an auto accident returning to school. Before her tragic death Nicole expressed a clear vision of helping children in Haiti, and the foundation’s efforts to improve the lives of Haitian youth make that wish a reality.
Nicole's Place is a sunny and spacious home in Port au Prince that welcomes visitors to Haitian Initiative. The Nicole Megaloudis Foundation and Gail Megaloudis Rongen partnered with HI on the guest house so others could immerse themselves in the Haitian culture!