Four Long Years

It’s four years,¬†today, since the big quake in Haiti. A friend who had never heard me talk about that day brought it up yesterday. Talking about it again, after quite a while, really brought something up in me. I couldn’t help but relive how it felt to be there, in the thick of it, with the distictive smell of smashed concrete blanketing the country. I’m proud of many of the things we’ve done together, but also can’t help but look at what we haven’t accomplished yet. Since the earthquake, our team has built...

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Stories from Fayet

Gerald, program director: I started participating in community organizing in Fayet because I was seeing people in the community who didn’t know how to read or write. They needed someone to bring leadership– for literacy, and for economic reasons. So I started to help with adult literacy programs. We decided to put together a team that would give loans to people in order to allow them to run small commerce shops. People in the community promised to be responsible for each other’s loans. This way, repayments will allow people...

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Generosity, Money, and Abstraction: Julian’s story

There’s a lesson that’s been repeated so many times it seems a little clich√© – “Give someone a fish and you feed her for a day. Teach her to fish and you feed her for a lifetime”. This lesson is abstract but very much connected to what’s going on in Haiti. It’s a lesson that gets repeated a lot… possibly to the point where we get annoyed at hearing it yet again. I think it’s repeated so often because year after year, decade after decade, century after century, do-gooders like myself still...

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A River of Trash

These are canals in the Port-au-Prince area. I know in much of Haiti the canals serve the dual purpose of supplying water for bathing/washing clothes and to allow water and wastewater (ew) to flow to lower ground; I’m not sure anybody uses these canals for bathing/washing though. Only the richest parts of Haiti can afford door to door trash removal services like we have most places in the USA. Haiti serves as a great example of the problems with single use drinking containers and other disposable plastic items – once you’ve...

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Helping Haitians Help Themselves

Two different events coming are supporting the Cabois community school in rural Haiti. This is a school that emphasizes teachers’ ability to listen to their students, students’ ability to learn through active participation. It helps student gain confidence that they can both help their community and make a better life for themselves. Attached is a picture of the school’s teachers. We need your help to make sure these teachers get paid for their awesome work. And you can support this just by coming out to a bowling night or a...

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Christa’s Angels

As many of you know, I was in Haiti during the disastrous 1/12/2010 earthquake. One of the amazing things about it is Haitians resilience in the face of losing almost everything they had. They are working so hard not only to ensure their own survival, but to care for the safety of everyone around them as well. It’s critical that we support the Haitians who are already in action providing for the needs of their communities at this difficult time. To learn more, visit my sister’s web site thanking the Haitian people who saved her...

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