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Fundraising Letter: Bosworth Cites Much Higher Haiti Trip Costs Than Other Groups

If you're spending this fine summer evening planning your next vacation, maybe you'd like to consider a more meaningful trip, like a humanitarian mission to Haiti. Hmm... how much would that cost?

Preventive Health Strategies, the non-profit organization belonging to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth, has organized medical mission trips to Haiti. According to an October 2011 PHS fundraising letter for one such trip, the cost of an eight-day mission trip to Haiti is $5,000 per participant:


  • Flight Ticketing and Processing $1200
  • Taxes/surcharges, etc.$100
  • Meals, safe water & meals preparation: $1000
  • Lodging, Housekeeping, Cleaning, Bedding, Gas/Electric: $400
  • Interpreter: $1000
  • Medical Supplies: $800
  • Transportation (in country) buses, trains, rental van/w/auto Insurance: $500
  • Total Per Person: $5,000 [Preventive Health Strategies fundraising letter, publicized on Facebook 2011.10.26, downloaded from Google Docs 2013.07.20]

$5,000 per traveler, for eight days of mission work in Haiti, plus a ninth day to fly home. O.K. Now let's compare prices with some other non-profit mission groups:

I've heard that the trip the SDSU men's basketball team took to Haiti this year to distribute shoes cost about $2,000 per person. I invite confirmation and evaluation of the relative cost of shoes versus medicine.

However, I'm looking at the above online data and seeing a number of organizations that can apparently send a lot of people to do a lot of good in Haiti for a fraction of the cost that Dr. Bosworth's Preventive Health Strategies claims it needs in its fundraising materials.

Hmm... perhaps when candidate Bosworth gets around to offering specific proposals for balancing the federal budget, maybe we'll need to divide her expenditure estimates by 2.5.


  1. Joan 2013.07.21

    I have a niece that when she was in medical school did something like 4 medical missionary trips. One was to Siberia, one to someplace in Mexico, and one to either Brazil or Bolivia, and one to someplace in India. She had to raise all the money needed herself, and did it by having Tupperware fundraisers, car washes by herself, probably including her siblings, the E.Free church the family attends did a special offering. I don't know what all else she did. While in India the missionaries had to dress like the residents. She came home with several saris. All I know is that none of the places sound real appealing to me. I like a fair amount of comfort. I also have a definite opinion about American doctors going to third world countries and bringing patients over here to operate on, when there are people here that can't afford or obtain medical help.

  2. Curtis Price 2013.07.21

    Providing shoes to the shoeless is actually an incredibly effective method of preventive medicine. My wife and I both own Tom's shoes because they are awesome (buy one give one!)

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