A mission trip to Haiti made up of Free Wheelchair Mission supporters and friends is now in Port-au-Prince and working side-by-side with our distribution partner Operation Blessing International. The group of six, led by long time volunteer and supporter, Bill Rice, arrived in the Dominican Republic on May 21st and drove across the border into Haiti on the 22nd where they are now busy assembling and distributing wheelchirs.
Their trip has not been without a few surprises along the way – for one, the container of wheelchairs they were scheduled to meet and distribute was held up at the border and did not make it across in time, due to changes in import requirements.
However, thankfully, FWM partner Operation Blessing International had just cleared a container of wheelchairs this week as well, and the FWM mission group was invited to join the people of OBI in assembling and distributing wheelchairs Thursday and Friday.
Also on the trip, photographers Jason Carr and Krystof Andres are accompanying the mission; the two are volunteering their time and paying their own way, not only assisting with the wheelchair distributions, but lending their talents to FWM by documenting the trip and providing quality high definition footage of the mission trip. The videos Jason and Krystof create will help spread the word about the ongoing need in Haiti, and inform supporters of the FWM mission to providing Haitians with thousands more wheelchairs over the next several years.