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
It has been said: “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” But sometimes all the planning and preparation in the world is not enough. All plans need a framework within which to run, not just a game plan, but an established norm. There are occurrences and reactions, infrastructure and nuances of daily life … More Working in a Developing Nation: Lessons in Flexibility and Disappointment
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?
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?
Aslan is the co-founder of the Empower Haiti Together. She and her co-founders Sam Merizema and Ludger Nau are working to promote sustainable and empowering partnerships that allow Haitians to create the change they desire. Aslan will be joining us tomorrow as a guest blogger, but we wanted to give everyone a proper introduction! (Pictured below from … More A for-profit company with a guiding social mission.
Jose Hiriart, a videographer and HaitiHub student, helped film and edit this video for the group New Squad during a 2015 trip to Port au Prince, Haiti. This music video not only serves to bring you the voice and perspective of a group of politically engaged young men during a time of political unease in … More What Haitian Rap Tells Us About the Upcoming Elections
We are thrilled to welcome acclaimed travel writer and guide book author, Paul Clammer, to the HaitiHub blog. Paul has traveled, researched, and written about places all over the world including Morocco, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. His most recent large scale book project was Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide published … More 15 Questions for Paul Clammer, Author of Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide
I just opened our “junk drawer” looking for the scissors and thinking about how there was probably no paper in there either, since my sister had been lamenting that earlier in the day…and I had to laugh to myself when I saw—carelessly tossed among the detritus—a U.S. passport. Some of the conversations I’ve had with … More Back in the U.S. and trying to make sense of things
Understanding the current crisis in the Dominican Republic: In 2013 a Dominican constitutional court ruled to revoke the citizenship of anyone born in the D.R. after 1929 to Haitian immigrant parents. Why 1929? In 1929 the border dividing Hispaniola into the modern day boundaries of the D.R. and Haiti was officially drawn up and established. … More Understanding the Current Crisis in the Dominican Republic