A number of months into our stay, when Thanksgiving rolled around and we attempted to host a holiday dinner for some of Sara's expat staff, my arrogant expectations as a spoiled American manifested themselves with embarrassing and, frankly, unexpected clarity.
It was recently reported that work on neighborhood revitalization in Port-au-Prince is about to finally begin. This is both welcome and long overdue, since more progress needs to be made in neighborhood revitalization.
Could the key to transforming Haiti into a productive state and contributing member of the global economy be reducing aid and foreign assistance?
A recent Facebook page post shamed me completely. My good friend did not intend to do so. Knowing that I had spent almost two years writing about the ...
I work in the Central Plateau of Haiti, which suffers from the highest rate of malnutrition in the country. Families struggle to provide their children with just one meal a day.
Wyclef Jean's charity, Yéle Haïti, is evidence that NGOs, like mortgage bankers, need regulation. While Haiti reconstruction will probably not be part of the conversation in Monday's debate, exposing Wyclef's NGO can hopefully offer a good peep show into the aid apparatus.
The best, most cost-effective model of integrated HIV care, training and research I've ever seen is Haitian.
The Expo was one of the first reconstruction projects approved by the Interim Haiti Reconstruction Commission -- the idea was to "expose best practices for housing reconstruction by encouraging innovative ideas."
"During the second trip lots of medical volunteers were in the bunkhouse with us. At meal times they shared horrifically graphic tales from their work, and I began to feel some misgivings: were we 'just playing' while they were 'really working'?"
Environmental cluster cancers in the family led Karen to study herbalism, which then led to midwifery. She has assisted more natural births than she can count, including in Indonesia, just after the tsunami, and Haiti the week of the Earthquake.
Drawing parallels between rising food costs and the earthquake in Haiti redefines the word "disaster" specifically reminds us of its human causes -- and it is a clarion call for action, a warning of an impending humanitarian crisis.
The act of building, of renovating, of coming together cements a bond not easily undone. When we bring together available resources, take decisive action and advocate for lasting change, we build the kind of stability, that Haiti -- and we -- need.
Haiti and excellence. Those are two words we seldom associate with each other, yet as Tropical Storm Isaac gained momentum on its track over Haiti, I stood in a building that proved how excellence is taking root in this earthquake-ravaged, poverty-raked country.
Housing activist Reyneld Sanon is beginning a tour of key cities in the United States. The tour will raise awareness about Under Tents, the international campaign for housing rights in Haiti. The campaign is a joint initiative of Haitian grassroots groups and more than 30 international organizations.
Despite all, New Orleans after the flood and Haiti after the earthquake serve as object lessons: except in cases of extreme, prolonged violence, the capacity of humanity to survive, create positive change, sustain culture, and even hold joy is without limit.
We went to Haiti as a family so that our boys do service with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO) programs. The day of the big WWO soccer tournament was filled with excitement and ceremony, but there were quieter moments, too.