U.N. Acknowledges Role in Haiti’s Cholera Crisis

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

Haiti: In 5 Maps

New places demand that we gain our bearings (both geographically and metaphorically) in order to operate successfully – I think that when it comes to working in Haiti, the maps below might help you do both. Whether you’re new to Haiti, or have lost count of your many visits, we’ve selected the following five maps because of the important information that … More Haiti: In 5 Maps

A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor

I once had a professor tell me that Americans in particular are really good at getting a job done (referring specifically to projects overseas.) While a hard-work ethic can be a great thing, the single-mindedness of the “getting the job done” mentality can easily take over our experiences in Haiti (Which is exactly the point … More A new look at Haiti: When a Volunteer turns into a Visitor

How we got here: Haiti’s Presidential Elections

  After political dissonance and weak infrastructure led to the dissolution of Haiti’s Parliament in early 2015, focus turned towards the nation’s upcoming Presidential Elections to see if the government could right itself. The first round of voting went off peacefully in October, but was plagued by numerous outcries of fraud and corruption from activists … More How we got here: Haiti’s Presidential Elections

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

Letter from a Learner (Follow up to “What Gifts Should I Bring with Me to Haiti?)

After sharing a part of Sylvia’s story in last week’s post, “What Gifts Should I Bring with Me to Haiti?“, we wanted to share her full story, in her own words, here.  A huge thank you to Sylvia for reaching out to us – and for giving us permission to reprint her letter here. January … More Letter from a Learner (Follow up to “What Gifts Should I Bring with Me to Haiti?)

What gifts should I bring with me to 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?

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