About Soaring Unlimited

The mission of Soaring Unlimited Haiti is community development to identify and implement programs, projects, and services to enhance the quality of life and empower the people of Cap Haitien and the surrounding area in Northern Haiti.

Soaring Unlimited Haiti has developed initiatives to help address the needs of Haitian people, including medical care, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, housing, and education and training for children, youth, and adults. Soaring Unlimited Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization incorporated in 1994 in the United States, and operating in the Cap Haitien area in Northern Haiti. We employ, partner with, and engage many local Haitians and their organizations, as well as working with a variety of congregations, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits based in the U.S. Our Executive Director is Rev. Laura Alexander Elliott, an Ordained Deacon in the United Methodist denomination who serves as a missionary and is appointed to community outreach ministry. Pastor Laura works with a Board of Directors based in Michigan, which is led by President Tom Hanna.

Click here to read about our founder, Dorothy Frederickson.

Under the Mango Tree

Message from the Director

There's an ancient African proverb that says if you're not born into the right tribe, it is your life's quest to search for and find it. In Celtic Christian theology, it's called the House of Belonging.

This is how I feel about becoming a part of Soaring Unlimited Haiti. Spending time with the precious people of a poor but beautiful little mountainous island surrounded by the great big sea. Collaborating with others who come here to build cross-cultural relationships and bridges of hope, as well as offer compassion and strive for justice in a struggling and broken world. Working with so many of you who support and pray for Soaring, who want to make a difference in the lives of those we serve. Indeed, I have found my tribe!

I love my family, friends, and colleagues dearly, and I've always been grateful for the folks in the church and nonprofit ministry settings where I have served, yet God continues to call, my Methodist Bishop thankfully continues to send me, and ultimately, I believe I've been planted in and equipped for a missionary ministry that is a culmination of my life's vocation.

So here I sit, "under the mango tree," a lustrous, fruit-bearing, shade-making tower of strength, symbolic of this Caribbean nation, ready to fulfill my Ordained Deacon's Orders to "serve the poor, the sick, and the oppressed, to lead others in ministries of compassion and justice, and to interpret to the church the needs of the world."

Amen. So Be It.
Pastor Laura

Loving the Heart of Haiti

Soaring Unlimited Projects and Accomplishments

Women's Health and Birthing Center

Our new program, the building of a birthing center and the development and implementation of a more comprehensive maternal and infant health program, is our current response to a critical need. Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere making it one of the most dangerous countries in the world for both mothers and infants. As in much of Haiti, many of the women in the area we serve do not have access to prenatal, birth, and post partum care. Many Haitian women, living in poverty, have little or no prenatal care and their babies are delivered at home under the care of family members or traditional birth attendants (matrones). There are several life threatening conditions related to childbirth that can be prevented and treated when free, comprehensive maternal and infant health services are available. When a woman dies in child birth, her children are 10 times more likely to die before the age of 5 years old. It is well known around the world that healthy women make for healthy families and that healthy families contribute to the health of the entire community.

Our clinic will provide a safe place for Haitian women to receive compassionate and respectful prenatal, birth, postpartum and gynecological care at the hands of skilled Haitian midwives with emergency transportation when needed. It will be open to all women who seek womenÂ’s health services and will include care of the infant throughout the postpartum period. It will be part of a community healthcare center, built next to an existing primary care clinic, where community members receive healthcare, education, and support. Education is a key component, teaching women and families about prenatal health and nutrition, hygiene, childbirth, childcare, breast feeding and family planning.

 

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