The other day, a friend of mine shared a Haitian proverb with me that her mother often uses: “Se grès kochon ki kwit kochon.” Translation: “It’s the pig’s own fat that cooks it.” I love trying to figure out the meanings of proverbs; they’re like riddles. So I thought about it for a few seconds, … More Haitian Proverbs: Worth a Deeper Look
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Eight years ago today, I went downstairs to the living room and found my parents perched on the edge of the sofa, their eyes glued to the news report on CNN. One of my mom’s hands hovered over the telephone, and the other was clasped in my father’s. I remember noticing the way my parents … More Eight Years Later, What Can You Do?
This month I wanted to write about what Christmastime is like in Haiti. But it’s been a long time since I’ve lived there and my childhood memories are pretty fuzzy. So I sat down with my good friend Réyina Senatus, who is from Port-au-Prince and goes back each year for the holidays, to talk about … More Memories of Haitian Christmas
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Speaking Creole opens doors for real growth during your time in Haiti. Language helps create real, meaningful relationships. You have the chance to learn from the community where you work and foster friendships that wouldn’t have been possible before.