Maire Chery, Haitian Nurse and Humanitarian, Dies at 59

By Bryan Schaaf on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Below is a Miami Herald article by Patrick Riley concerning the recent passing of Marie Chery.  I was fortunate to be able to work with her as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thomonde.  Marie was a good nurse, a model humanitarian, a strong community leader, and an excellent human being.  She died too early but, thanks to her, many more people have access to health care than they would otherwise.  Marie will be missed.  A good way to remember her would be through donations to organizations that support health care in Haiti.      Read more »

Make A Difference with Medishare on Mother's Day

By Bryan Schaaf on Saturday, April 26, 2008.

Don't forget - Mother's Day is Sunday, May 11th.  Project Medishare has released a special Mother's Day Appeal to complete their innovative program to treat malnourished children with locally grown ingredients.  Once established in Thomonde, Project Medishare wants to expand their coverage throughout the entire Central Plateau.  You can make a special donation in your mother's name to Project Medishare this year, helping to make sure that Haitian mothers are able to keep their children nourished and healthy.   Read more »

Tap Your Diaspora - Build a Website

By Bryan Schaaf on Saturday, April 12, 2008.

Every county has a Diaspora.  The governments of some countries such as El Salvador actively encourage their Diaspora to participate in the country by voting, investing, and applying (or runnning for) government positions. Haiti is behind the curve in this respect.  However, the Haitian Diaspora has knowledge, skills, and resources with which to make a difference.  The Internet is an excellent way to engage them.   An entrepeunerial individual from Thomonde where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer has created  It could be a model for other Diaspora communities. Read more »

Pumping Up in Port au Prince (New York Times)

By Bryan Schaaf on Wednesday, March 19, 2008.
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A recent article in the New York Times took a look at two gyms in Port au Prince - a Gold's Gym in the wealthiest suburb of Port au Prince and one of the home-made gyms which are far more  common both in the city and the countryside.  The homemade gyms are nothing compared to a Gold's Gym - but they are testament to Haitian creativity and possess a sense of camraderie that you will not find at an establishment that caters to the rich. Exercise can be empowering and as Haitian bodybuilder Julien Mr. Spencer puts it, "You can't buy fitness."  Read more »

Spotlight on a Community: Thomonde

By Bryan Schaaf on Thursday, October 18, 2007.

At Haiti Innovation, we frequently discuss issues relating to health, community mobilization, and development.  From time to time, we also like to focus on a particular province to illustrate that  positive changes that are being made.  In this way, when people ask you if there is hope for Haiti, we hope you will reply with a resounding yes. Read more »

Green Family Foundation Commits 2.4 million to Health Care in Haiti

By Bryan Schaaf on Thursday, October 11, 2007.

kim greenBelow is an announcement  that the Green Family Foundation will be providing 2.4 million for health care and nutrition programs in Haiti.  The Green Family Foundation has been supporting innovative programming in Haiti for years.

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Bureaucracy’s Death Blow

By Anonymous on Wednesday, June 14, 2006.
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Palace Whether it’s the workings on Capital Hill, applying for a permit or working in international development, very few people have something good to say about the level of bureaucracy that envelope these activities. (If you’ve worked in international development and have not experienced the headaches of bureaucracy, please let me know, and then write a book explaining how you accomplished this feat). Now, that is not to say that bureaucracy doesn’t serve a purpose, because it does. It ensures that all T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted, which 9 out of 10 times is a pretty good thing. But what happens when bureaucracy becomes the ‘mother’ of all headaches? Read more »