Working in a Developing Nation: Lessons in Flexibility and Disappointment

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

Reflecting on Excess this Holiday Season – From a Long Term Volunteer in Haiti

In this season of joy and thanksgiving, I just want to say how grateful I am for both my time in Haiti, and for the work that Carlo and Erin do at HaitiHub to make all of our journeys in Haiti smoother. It’s not hyperbole to say that I think about Haiti every single day; it’s … More Reflecting on Excess this Holiday Season – From a Long Term Volunteer in Haiti

One Haitian Christmas Tradition To Light Up Your Holiday

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

What one cholera victim wants you to know on International Human Rights Day

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

The Charcoal Lady

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

15 Questions for Paul Clammer, Author of Haiti: The Bradt Travel Guide

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

On Closeness and Interaction: Men Holding Hands in Haiti

When asked what my favorite thing about Haiti is, I had to pause and consider my options, because, believe it or not, there are many! I pondered the food. Not a bad option, but such a blase answer. I clearly couldn’t do justice to the country via an edible format. My mind wandered next to … More On Closeness and Interaction: Men Holding Hands in Haiti

Understanding the Current Crisis in the Dominican Republic

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