The devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in January 2010 will be forever remembered as one of the darkest moments in the country's history. As Haitians continue to recover, however, another force continues to take a sever human toll on Haitians.
The film below tells the story of HOPE volunteer and NYC-based physical therapist Claude Hillel. Claude left New York and traveled to Haiti where he would change countless lives for the better amid unimaginable destruction.
Architecture for Humanity's mission is to create beautiful and well-designed projects in resource-challenged areas. Given Haiti's high illiteracy rate (50%) and staggering unemployment (80%), these schools will enhance the future of Haiti for many years.
For decades Haiti has fought a reputational battle against those in the international community and the media that portray Haiti as an eternally poor, ravaged nation unable to stand on its own feet, forever dominated by outside interests and without the ability to prosper.
President Martelly of Haiti is planning a Carnival des Fleurs, a tradition under Duvalier, scheduled to begin July 29, a day after the anniversary of the 1915 U.S. invasion. But for the 390,276 people who are still under ripped sheets of plastic or tarp, it's too soon to celebrate.
Disconnect between the Haitian government and the community has created insurmountable fear and confusion. The Minister of Environment has stated in news sources that the evacuation is necessary.
As part of the Under Tents campaign, Haiti's homeless are demanding that the government immediately halt all forced evictions until public or affordable housing is made available.
As a writer I'm generally partial to words, but the kids' photos show much more than an article could. These are their images of working hard to see a better life, and fighting to the end.
Just 10 kilometers from Haiti's capital of 1.2 million people, Degand is another world -- a poor farming community with breathtaking ocean views, crisp clean air, and people who are spirited and hard-working.
For two years, my colleagues and I have been training health and mental health professionals, teachers, priests, nuns, and voodoo healers to deal with their own stress and trauma and then to help the populations they serve.
In post-earthquake Haiti, the women weren't lined up waiting for food. They sat on wooden benches inside a large tent and waited patiently to have their children vaccinated.
After meeting the Haitian leadership at St. Damien's and St. Luke's Hospitals, I can tell you first hand that there is a great deal to be hopeful about in Haiti.
Today I am living on $1.50 for all of my food and drink costs. Why? Because 1.4 billion people around the world don't have the option, and because I want to support a friend who showed me how to be a better man, a more gracious leader, and a more inspired human being.
How is 'need' and 'sustained recovery' being assessed if not through continuous dialogue with the injured group, in this case Haitian people and its governance?
The fight for women's rights has been a long struggle in Haiti. Until seven years ago, rape wasn't even punishable by law. It wasn't a crime until some very brave Haitian women won the battle in 2005.
Everyone was astonished by the condition of both buildings from the earthquake ... and the tent camps that still remain in the main square.