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
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?
With the holidays just around the corner, I sometimes find it to be a meaningful and rewarding exercise to break free of the “American Christmas” culture to explore holiday traditions from countries around the world. Don’t get me wrong, my tree has been up for 3 weeks and I love sitting by the colorful lights … More One Haitian Christmas Tradition To Light Up Your Holiday
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?
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?
The American public’s intrigue over zombies and the living dead have led to the creation of a multibillion-dollar market through video games, television shows, movie franchises, and novels since “zombies” first entered our collective conscience in the 1930’s, following the U.S. occupation of Haiti from 1915-135, and the 1929 publication of William Seabrook’s title, The Magic Island. … More A real “zonbi” story for you this Halloween
Say yes more often. I found these exact words written on a tongue depressor in Aron’s flat in Wellington, New Zealand. It was buried in one of those drawers that houses everything, and yet nothing at the same time. I believe it had been assigned to him at a party long ago; he made it … More At Home or Overseas: Where does my time matter?
by ASLAN RENTZ NOAKES originally posted on SEPTEMBER 9, 2015 Shared with Permission, All Photos Copyright Empower Haiti Together Original Title: The Charcoal Lady Roche nan dlo pa konnen doule rouche nan soley. A rock in the water does not know the pain of a rock in the sun. – Haitian Proverb In Fond Parisien, a rural village in … More The Charcoal Lady
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
There are a lot of things to love about Haiti; one of them is the food. If you’re not excited about griot, bannann peze, piklèz, and fritay – you’re probably in the minority (and maybe even the wrong place!) Pointing to food as a favorite experience among travelers is a bit clichéd, but it makes … More Ann Manje! Let’s Eat! Haitian Food Outside of Haiti