“You talk too much.” I’ve heard it all my life. How then did I come to make such a significant error of silence? Let’s ask my 88-year old mother. On a recent trip to Winnipeg, Canada to visit Mom, I flounced up the stairs and held it out to her…the holy grail, the crown jewel…my … More What my (European) Mom taught me about learning Creole
Let us be clear. Here at HaitiHub HQ, we are heartbroken over the loss of life, livelihoods, and homes caused by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti and we support the important relief work that is happening in the immediate aftermath. Our prayers go out to those suffering. Our gratitude goes out to those providing direct emergency … More Hurricane Matthew – Haven’t We Seen This Before?
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
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?
When it comes to New Years Resolutions, I’m a pretty big naysayer. I’m not saying you can’t make them, but from a standpoint of painful self-awareness, I know I just won’t keep them. Example A: I made an agreement with a friend to do a big open water swim this past summer, but even as … More Here’s what I’ll do in 2016…
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
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?