Routine Mantenance

By Anonymous on Thursday, January 19, 2006.
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HII will undergo routine maintenance starting Friday, January 20, 2006 at approximately 7:00 AM Eastern Standard Time. Maintenance should be completed by Monday, January 23, 2006. During this time, you may experience difficulties visiting www.haitiinnovation.org and sending email to HII. Read more »

Healthcare and Business Development

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, January 16, 2006.
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Haitians are nothing if not hard-working. Making ends meet from week to week on less than a dollar a day requires a tremendous amount of creativity and perseverance, the essential qualities of entrepreneurship. Respected organizations throughout the world such as the Grameen Bank and BRAC have for years helped the poorest of the poor tap this creative spirit through small loans that give individuals the freedom to start their own businesses and provide for their families. When combined with training, micro-credit functions as a strong form of capacity building by providing the external resources needed for people to tap their own inner resources. Read more »

Success in 2005

By Anonymous on Sunday, January 15, 2006.
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chart risingAfter going live in June of 2005, Haiti Innovation saw immediate results with its new website and blog; bringing more than 4,500 visitors in the first month alone. Since that time, we have enjoyed 8.5% average growth in viewership per month. Our fourth quarter saw a significant upward trend in viewership, jumping to an average 18.5% over three months. Read more »

Project Medishare Fundraiser

By Anonymous on Sunday, January 15, 2006.

This Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., the Tallahassee Community College will host a fund-raiser for Project Medishare. Project Medishare is an organization dedicated to improving the health of the Haitian people by re-establishing the health infrastructure in several communities and facilities throughout Haiti.
The event will feature a screening of "There Once Was a Country," a documentary about Haiti narrated by Maya Angelou, food, drinks and cultural dance by the Tallahassee Community College’s Haitian Culture Club. Read more »

Seeing the Big Picture in Global Health….for Children’s Sake

By Bryan Schaaf on Saturday, January 14, 2006.

globeThere is perhaps no measure of a country’s health situation as telling as the health of its children. Children are often the most vulnerable members of society, especially when they are living in areas affected by conflict and/or have been displaced. Read more »

Teacher Training in Jérémie Haiti

By Anonymous on Tuesday, January 10, 2006.
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“Ask questions” may not be the most comfortable thing that comes to a teacher’s mind when she or he is in the front of a classroom of 60+ students. But that is part of what 58 secondary teachers discussed in their four-week program of professional training this summer in Jérémie, Haiti. The program surveyed child-centered approaches to teaching – encourage students to ask questions, solve problems, work cooperatively, and integrate information relevant to the children and to society, such as communication, health, civics and the environment. Read more »

Everyday is a Catch-22

By Anonymous on Tuesday, January 10, 2006.

catch 22If Joseph Heller where to write Catch-22 today, I often think that Haiti would make a pretty decent setting for the story. Imagine that you had to choose between providing ecological stability for your children or cooking their dinner. Now, I’ll admit that it really isn’t that difficult of a decision, but it is one that countless Haitians face on a daily basis, and is the reason why merely ‘educating’ Haitians on the evils of deforestation will never effectively address the environmental disasters facing the country. Read more »

Another Heavy Blow

By Anonymous on Sunday, January 8, 2006.
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Yesterday morning, MINUSTAH reported that Brazilian Army Lieutenant General Urano Teixeira Da Matta Bacellar was found dead in an appearant suicide at his hotel outside of Port-au-Prince. Read more »

Haiti: Putting the Pieces Back to Together

By Anonymous on Saturday, January 7, 2006.

Haiti is now at a critical point with respects to its socioeconomic, political and health conditions. Each of these aspects are intricately woven with one another, as in many nations, however the nature of Haiti's situation is so dependent on the successful resilience of each of these factors. There is optimism for Haiti's reemergence from decades of anguish, and I witnessed tangible progress from the field during my week-long medical mission organized jointly by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Project Medishare. Read more »

Happy New Year from HII

By Anonymous on Thursday, January 5, 2006.

Dear Friends of Haiti Innovation:

We want to wish you and your family a happy holiday and thank you for your support during the past year. Read more »