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Volunteer Experiences: Heidi

I had the privilege of organizing a volunteer trip to Haiti for myself and 5 other pediatric nurses from MN with Global DIRT. I have been on other mission trips before; I have even organized them. If all goes well, you go to a place and provide the service that the organization you are volunteering with specializes in. This trip was different in every way. We told Sarah what our interests were and she put together a perfect volunteer experience for us.

Volunteer Experiences: Alexandra

"Scratching The Surface"

Global DIRT was recently featured on the George Washington University Medical Center's website for some of its volunteers. We would like to, first and foremost, thank our fantastic volunteers who keep our organization rolling and also thank Anna Miller for writing this piece.

Read a quick excerpt here:

Scratching the Surface
by Anna Miller
September 23, 2011

Saba Ghorab, a second year medical student at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), remembers the day in January 2010 when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti.

New Zealand Information

On February 22, 2011, New Zealand experienced a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on the country’s southern island. Global DIRT responded to this quake by sending volunteers to the country within a few hours of the incident. The team experienced multiple aftershocks as they assisted local volunteers in Christchurch to distribute and sort supplies, geotag devastated areas and dig out homes. Additionally, the team brought a water purification unit to supply affected areas with clean, safe, potable water.

Volunteer Experiences: Cristin Senior


Volunteer Experiences: Michael Kantor

This was to be my second trip volunteering in Haiti. The first was an eye opening experience, both horrifying and inspiring. The people of Haiti have been dealt a hand that is for most impossible to comprehend; yet they continue to smile and laugh and want nothing more than to work and be part of their solution. My time there was a short two weeks, but the day I left I knew I would be back.

Sharing Teddy Bears

We would like to take a moment to share a wonderful Christmas story that exemplifies the selflessness and amazing cooperation of the small NGO's that we work with in Haiti. The tireless and selfless work of our partner organizations deserves recognition and we felt that this heartwarming story about the Christmas delivery of a huge teddy bear donation would be the best possible example.

How You Can Help Haiti, Even If You Can't Go

We all know about the great need for doctors, nurses, EMTs, paramedics, firefighters and trained hands on the ground in Haiti. Many potential volunteers are eager to help in the aftermath of all that Haiti has suffered but simply lack medical training. And for many, the time commitment to fly to Haiti and work in the country is simply too much with the hectic life of home and work. However, we can still help Haiti, even if we are incapable of getting into the country and doing the manual labor ourselves.

Global DIRT Haiti Update

Global Disaster Immediate Response Team (DIRT) members have been continuing relief efforts on the ground in Haiti since the January 12 earthquake and have most recently responded to both Hurricane Tomas and the cholera outbreak.

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

The recent and rapidly growing epidemic of cholera in Northern Haiti has grabbed the attention of the Global DIRT medical team. We have already sent a team to Artibonite to gather information and assess which specific aid will be required in the area. Primarily, Global DIRT hopes to install a Noah Water Purification System in the affected area to clean up the drinking water of the displaced persons and curb further outbreaks of cholera. The NOMAD Purification system is capable of producing 136,000 liters of potable water daily.

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