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?
Many of you have likely heard the news that the U.N. has finally admitted its role in the cholera outbreak in Haiti. While it’s “big news”, the U.N.’s role in the disaster is hardly new news. For the past five years the U.N. has dodged accusations that its Nepali base (established to respond to Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake) … More U.N. Acknowledges Role in Haiti’s Cholera Crisis
If you follow the news, or run in circles where Haiti is at the forefront of people’s minds, you’ve likely already heard that the United States has a significant peanut surplus; and we’re trying to send 500 tons of it to Haiti. (That’s something like 160 million peanuts.) While sending these peanuts to Haiti is … More U.S. Peanuts Don’t Belong in Haiti
I once had a professor tell me that Americans in particular are really good at getting a job done (referring specifically to projects overseas.) While a hard-work ethic can be a great thing, the single-mindedness of the “getting the job done” mentality can easily take over our experiences in Haiti (Which is exactly the point … More A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor
Disclaimer: We’ve talked about gift giving on the HaitiHub blog before because it’s a wonderfully generous impulse that can have unintended (read: negative) consequences. Unfortunately, with gifts there is a lot more to navigate in Haiti than a simple “Here ya go, I hope you like it!” So, before you load down your suitcases, please take … More What gifts should I bring with me to Haiti?
To our American readers: Happy Thanksgiving! To our friends across the globe – we are grateful for you. We hope that you will all take this week to celebrate friends and family near and far. Pou nou menm, nou gen chak moun ki te touche kè nou rekonesans. We are grateful to each and every … More Let’s Celebrate the Holidays Together
When I heard the news about the horrendous terrorist attacks in France, one of my first thoughts was actually of Haiti—a number of the worldwide friends I made there were French. Although none of them live in Paris, I still felt a stab of fear that perhaps one of them was in the wrong place at the wrong … More This is why we do what we do.
Speaking a foreign language is scary. I’m not talking ghosts and ghouls scary, but nerve wrecking kinda scary. There is no amount of practice at home, no set number of times you write the words perfectly, no magic pill you can take to steady your tongue and quicken your ear…though many will say that a … More Jumping off the High Dive – What is it that holds us back in language learning?
October marked 5 years since the Cholera outbreak in Haiti. To date, there have been 8,847 confirmed Cholera related deaths in the country, and nearly 800,000 people have fallen sick. Personally, I know that I struggle to empathize with statistics, and it is hard to fathom what 8,847 lives lost really means – but then I think about … More Fighting for Cholera Victims in Haiti
“It is better to do a good small thing many times over than to wait your whole life for the best big thing that may never come.” What happens when your work abroad was incredible and life-changing, and allowed you deep multi-national friendships that you know you’ll keep for life, and affirmed your commitment to your organization…and was … More All we can do…