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Snapshot of Haiti – The two official languages of Haiti are French and Haitian Creole. Haiti gained its independence as the result of a slave revolt that drove out white slaveowners. About 80% of the population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, with another 16% belonging to Protestant churches. However, Haitian Voodou has a strong following in the country – it is estimated that about half of the population practices Voodou, many mixing the religious practices of their church with voodou practices. Haitian folklore is also quite popular, and influences many works of art and storytelling traditions in the country. Much of this folklore is based around Voodou beliefs. The local musical styles Compas, Mizik rasin, and Haitian rap are all quite popular. Carnival is an extremely popular festival in Haiti, featuring music, parade floats, and late-night parties. Soccer is Haiti’s most popular sport, though basketball has begun to gain popularity as well. Haitian meals are generally served with brown rice and red or pinto beans, alongside meat and vegetables. Chicken, goat, and beef are all popular types of meats. Haitian food uses its own unique sauces and spices, making most Haitian food moderately spicy. Other well-known dishes include Legim (a type of vegetable stew) and Tchaka (a stew made using meat, pumpkin, and beans). Epis sauce is made using peppers, garlic, and other herbs, and is used on many foods.
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Straight from the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission:
*What items were hard to get or not available?
“Feminine hygiene products; Milk”
*What did you eat the most of?
“Rice and beans (every kind of bean imaginable!); Goat; Plantain; corn meal; chicken (every part of the chicken!)”
*What is the craziest thing you ate?
“Chicken feet, cows hoofs, goats brains. Weevils in our food (got tired of picking them out so by the end we just ate them!)”
*What was most surprising about the culture?
“The dire poverty, lack of medical accessibility, people walk around with machetes everywhere, guns being fired up and down the streets day and night, the constant presence of Voodoo (drums beating every night), people dying all the time.”
*What advice would you give to someone going to the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission?
“Be ready to try ANYTHING! Pray always… for protection, for guidance, for the Spirit. Don’t drink the water.”
*What do you wish you had known before you served?
“I wish I had been better prepared to deal with the political corruption and breakouts of violence that are a part of everyday life there.”
“There are days when you feel like you have been beamed onto another planet… everything is SO different from anything you have ever experienced. Embrace the differences, celebrate them, love the people. Be open minded.”
**Did you serve in the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission? If so we would love to hear your advice and your stories! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org**