HII Board Member to Observe Elections

By Anonymous on Friday, January 27, 2006.
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glassOn Friday of next week, I will travel to Port-au-Price to begin training as an official election observer. The six-day trip will begin with security and observation training. I will then be paired with a State Department employee to begin outreach activities in communities throughout the city. Details beyond my first couple days are still forthcoming; however, I should have nightly access to the Internet, so expect to see daily updates of the election begining February 3rd. I hope to provide details you might not otherwise hear or see reported in the news. If you have any questions, feel free to continue to contact me at robert@haitiinnovation.org. Read more »

The Crisis That Haitian Women Are Facing in Haiti Today

By Anonymous on Monday, January 23, 2006.
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With a climate of growing insecurity and increasing violence in Haiti today, women are facing insurmountable challenges. In Haiti, women are looked upon as a form of social protection or glue for their family. In fact, they support a large majority of Haiti’s economic activities in the non-formal sector which makes up 75% of Haiti’s economy. Read more »

Sowing Seeds or Plowing the Sea?

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, January 22, 2006.
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seaIt would be naive of me to suggest that there is not growing frustration in the diverse community of individuals and groups that care about Haiti and are working with Haitians to build a better tomorrow. Security continues to erode and elections, merely the first step in establishing a participatory democracy, are delayed regularly. Is development possible without a transparent, accountable government that represents the long term needs of the people instead of the short term gain of politicians? Read more »

Securing Energy through Biofuels

By Anonymous on Saturday, January 21, 2006.

grassUpdated: Follow this link to read the most recent article from Haiti Innovation on biofuels [link]. The biggest environmental stories of the last several years have been energy security and climate change. Now, an op-ed in the Miami Herald says that Haiti might be able to supply the Dominican Republic with biofuels while strengthening its own economy and mitigating the increased greenhouse gases that can accompany economic development. Read more »

Priest Cleared of Murder, is Judicial Reform in Sight?

By Anonymous on Saturday, January 21, 2006.
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jean juste 2Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Friday, the Reverend Gèrard Jean-Juste, the once presidential hopeful and later declared prisoner of conscience, was cleared of murder and kidnapping of the prominent Le Matin journalist, Jacque Roche but was indicted on two lesser counts of conspiracy and illegal weapons possession. Read more »

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 »