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
The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) recently put out a call for volunteers to help translate hundreds of letters (more than 500 at first count) from Creole into English. These letters are the testimony of some small percentage of the thousands of people impacted by cholera across Haiti; they are a record … More What one cholera victim wants you to know on International Human Rights Day
I can’t wait till I can understand sarcasm in Creole. There are many measures of language comprehension… function, connection, humor… When learning a new language, our first victories come in the form of greetings and simple questions. As our skills build, we find accomplishment in getting ideas across, buying items independently, getting directions AND actually … More That’s a joke, right?
We are thrilled to welcome our good friend Mandaly Louis-Charles to the HaitiHub blog. We first connected with Mandaly in 2011, when she helped us run our very first Creole Skype classes; more recently we’ve benefitted hugely as readers of her blog: Sweetcoconuts. With an “Ask me anything” approach, Mandaly has built a learning platform for aspiring Creole-speakers … More Have a Creole question? Ask her anything.
We realize that a large number of people in our community have close ties with adoption; either as an adoptive parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle, a first family, an adoptee, or maybe as the sibling or cousin of an adoptee. For each and every person from any of these groups, we know you have stories to … More Thinking about adopting from Haiti? Some things to consider…
As a team we were thrilled to see the number of outstanding responses to our call for entries in the HaitiHub writing contest. Because of the number of entries, we were only able to choose a few for publication. We’ve curated some of our favorites below. The following two entries were selected based on their … More What We’ve Seen, What We’ve Learned
Knowing a little Creole goes a long way with patient interaction. Before heading to Haiti round one, I learned the usual travel phrases: my name is, how are you, hello. And while patients smiled a bit more brightly to hear their native tongue spoken by the obvious foreigner, the most effective aspects of language for … More Medicine and Language: Beyond a Diagnosis
Introducing our newest Guestblogger & One of the Co-founders of STAND: The Haiti Project 1. How did you first get involved in Haiti? The older I’ve become, the less I want to just be a tourist. I love to interact, to learn, to be engaged. But it feels better to me when I can … More Movement is Life: Establishing Sustainable Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services in Haiti
“What is demanded of man is not…to endure the meaningless of life, but rather to bear his incapacity to grasp its unconditional meaningfulness in rational terms.” – Viktor E. Frankl I left Haiti abruptly last month for personal reasons; although everything is fine, thankfully, after having a need to step away, I’ve been grateful for … More Reflections: Returning Home After Haiti
How many of you have heard of the Norway based aid group SAIH – The Norwegian Students’ and Academics’ International Assistance Fund? As an organization they help support 40 local organizations in six countries in Latin America and southern Africa. However, you’re more likely to recognize SAIH as the group behind the Rusty Radiator awards, and many of … More How to deal with hurt-feelings in the “Helping hurts” conversation