A short-term mission residence by
How did we get started?
Just three weeks after the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, the vision was born to accommodate teams that were coming to the nation to assist in the recovery efforts. Kay D’Esperans opened two years later in January 2012.
The guest house was established with a threefold purpose:
to provide FOR MISSION TEAMS
To provide safe, comfortable, and affordable accommodations for mission teams during their stay in Haiti.
to give hope
To serve as a symbol of hope for the Haitian community as teams partner with the Haitian people to help “build back better.”
to help build a community
To become a community space of learning, sharing for business, health promotions, weddings, and other positive social enterprise.
Kay D’Esperans is in the mountain-area southeast of Port-au-Prince, in the community of Thomassin. It is a 45- to 60-minute drive from the L’ouverture International Airport. The guest house can conveniently host teams serving in Delmas, Petionville, Laboule, Thomassin, Boutiliers, Kenscoff, Fort Jacques, Belot, and other areas.
The guest house is spacious. It has a warm, welcoming staff and atmosphere and is tastefully decorated. There is a large, open living area where meals are served. This area can also accommodate evening meetings and there is space for teams to reflect and prepare for their in-country tasks. There is WiFi service for those who might want to communicate via the internet.
There are four bedrooms, which can host up to 24 people. The rooms are furnished with comfortable bunk beds, pillows, bed linens, blankets and towels. There are four individual bathrooms; two have showers. The facilities have hot water.
Professional Security is provided overnight.
Kay D’Esperans helps to match visiting teams to worthwhile mission projects that match the gifts of their team members. There are medical, educational and construction projects often waiting for teams to “adopt” them.
Kay D’Esperans is also a retreat center. This can be for teams that want to undergo special training before going to their mission site. It can also host mission teams that have finished their projects and want to use the guest house to relax and debrief before returning home. Please call or email to get the details on rates per person for overnight stays.
The food is outstanding and is safely prepared for the American visitor. Breakfast typically features fruit, pancakes, hot cereals, juice, eggs, breakfast meats, and more. Dinner is a variety of Haitian dishes. The guests are able to sample such staples as rice, millet, and bulgur served with a variety of vegetables, sauces, meat, and cooked vegetables. Special provisions are made for vegetarians. Haitian coffee, tea, and filtered water are some of the beverages served.
Additional Services for an Additional Fee
Transportation arrangements (price to be determined by size of vehicle required and distance being traveled)
Bottled water and soda
Additional meals or bagged lunches
If you have outside guests whom you would like to join you for a meal, please let us know in advance. We will be happy to accommodate the request, but there will be an additional charge. Breakfast $7.00/ Dinner $12.00
Need something else? Just ask and we will see what we can do to fulfill your request.
Payments for services while in Haiti must be in cash. We are unable to accept checks.
for reservations Please contact our Kay D’Esperans guest house manager
Julienne Cenatus at Juliennecenatus18@yahoo.fr or by phone at 011-509-3888-9976 to confirm available dates and number of people traveling with your team. You can also contact our USA Guest House Coordinator: Susan Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 724-993-4381
The daily rate stay at Kay D’ Esperans is $65.00 per person. This includes two meals: breakfast and dinner. (Teams are usually off site at noontime.) Most teams bring energy bars and various snacks for lunch; however, special arrangements can be made for a noon meal at an additional cost.
A $65.00 deposit per person is required to secure your reservation. This deposit will be applied to the total amount due for your stay. The remaining balance of the total amount due must be paid no later than 10 days before your scheduled arrival at Kay D’Esperans.
The initial deposit of $65.00 per person is non-refundable. If it becomes necessary for you to cancel – or reschedule – your trip, please notify Susan Robinson (USA Guest House Coordinator) as soon as possible.
If a notice of cancellation is received earlier than 30 days before your scheduled arrival at Kay D’Esperans, you will receive a refund of all payments less than the non-refundable deposit.
If the notice of cancellation is received later than 10 days before your scheduled arrival at Kay D’Esperans, you will receive a refund of 75 percent of all payments less the non-refundable deposit.
All payments should be sent to Susan Robinson (USA Guest House Coordinator).
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Guest House Policy
Philosophy of Operation
Kay D'Esperans operates as a personal ministry of Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti. Our facilities are open to people who share our commitment to work in partnership with the Haitian people to empower them through education, healthcare and hope.
Kay D’Esperans is a smoke and alcohol free guesthouse.
The use of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages is not permitted on Kay D'Esperans property or services arranged by Kay D'Esperans staff.
Recommendations for personal health and safety while you are in Haiti:
• NEVER leave the compound alone. If you wish to explore a little, hire a translator to take you on a walking tour.
• ALWAYS make sure your team leader and the manager know where you are going. The roads intertwine and you can get lost easily. Not speaking the language can complicate the matter.
• ALWAYS drink only bottled water or the water provided by the guest house.
• ALWAYS clean your teeth with the filtered water provided by the guest house.
• ALWAYS wash your hands before eating anything. Hand sanitizer is an option, but washing your hands with soap and water is better.
Copies of our Policies, Recommendations for Personal Safety, and Charges for Optional Services are available upon request from Susan Robinson (USA Guest House Coordinator).