In May 2015, Guyana elected a new government. This was the first government change in 23 years and only the second time in the nation's nearly 50 year...
The year closed in an epidemic of fear and displacement. Fear of terror, of violence, of speaking up, of being gunned down -- in church, in the street, in a park, at an office party, in one's own home. Displacement, due to barrel bombs and cluster bombs, terrorist thuggery and the very real threats on multiple continents from dictators clinging to power.
In anticipation of our celebration for St. Luke's Hospital, which will be held in New York City on January 14th, and is in honor of Madame Marie Fen...
This Holiday season marks the anniversary of two significant events in Caribbean and African Diaspora history; the revolt of Sam Sharpe in Jamaica w...
My friend Lili Schad died on Sunday, December 20, 2015; she fought hard for 16 months against a vicious brain cancer and had moments of good quality of life, but finally was unable to be who she was and do what she did best... to be a good mama, sister, friend, artist, philanthropist, and valued community member.
There are promising initiatives pursuing this goal around the world. In Haiti, international aid organizations are assisting farmers in reviving a once-flourishing coffee and cocoa sector. In East Africa, the Economist has touted the potential of coffee to lift small farmers out of poverty.
The St. Luke Foundation for Haiti is a 100% Haitian-run non-profit organization, providing education, medical care and dignified humanitarian outreach in places that have been under-served by traditional service providers.
Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real-life insights on how they have been able to turn weakness into strength.
"While we were here, we also looked at people who did footwear, to see if there was a way we could create something in-brand that would benefit the community. This is how we found Rebuild Globally and Deux Mains. We launched our exclusive sandals designed and made in Haiti from recycled tires."
UN peacekeepers brought cholera to Haiti in 2010 by discharging untreated human waste into Haiti's largest river. Haiti now has the world's worst cholera epidemic - over 9,000 people have died and over 760,000 have sought hospital care.
Threats of intimidation and violence from some members of Parliament, and the failure to address social and economic issues by President Michel Martelly's administration, created a climate of repression and corruption.
As a society today, we speak only of our successes, putting taboos on our failures, by refusing to acknowledge that they happen out of pride and shame. But by refusing to look at these failures, we limit the capacity to change and develop ideas, which, with minor adjustments, may shift the functionality of the program and in doing so, change lives.
By attempting to delegitimize -- with no evidence of possible fraud -- Venezuela's upcoming election, the U.S. and some of its allies are promoting instability and possible violence.
There are many shackles still attached to the Haitian people. International meddling has tightened them, but cholera should surely be one of the easiest to loosen and break. It is the least the international community can do. It requires will, a moral stance and a sincere apology.
From desertification to eroding shores, climate change has intensified resource scarcity, poverty and hunger. Vast new waves of migration may have a political ignition, but the fuel is climate change, from Africa to Asia. Somehow, even Syria's conflict can be attributed to the spark of longer-term drought.
Through this training, the cooperative empowers its members and beyond as the fruits of this knowledge ripple through the larger community.