Good Things are Happening in Medor, Haiti

By Anonymous on Monday, March 13, 2006.
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water“For the 658 children who are attending school, the people of Medor say thank you. The faces of the children are changing; they are not so thin and they are more alert. This is because they are eating. For the school lunch program, (for some children, their only meal of the day) the people of Medor say thank you. No one thought that they had worms, but then they took the de-worming medicine and saw the worms being expelled from their bodies. For the de-worming medicine and the vitamins, the people of Medor say thank you.” Read more »

Request for HIV/AIDS Grant Proposals

By Anonymous on Sunday, March 12, 2006.
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Click here to see more pictures on Flickr Pact’s Community REACH Program for HIV/AIDS Activities is pleased to announce a request for applications for RFA 06-A-1, “Providing Comprehensive Care for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVC) affected by HIV/AIDS in Haiti”. Under this RFA, Community REACH anticipates awarding one to two cooperative agreements on a competitive basis to qualifying organizations that are implementing activities in Haiti. The deadline for applications is April 13, 2006, 5pm EST. Applications must be in English. To download the RFA, please refer to the Community REACH website. Read more »

Wanted: A few good diplomats

By Bryan Schaaf on Friday, March 10, 2006.
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handsHaving completed its presidential elections, Haiti moved toward local elections. Soon, it will be be time to assemble a government. Assembling a coalition government is easy, maintaining it is another story. It is our hope that the most qualified individuals, regardless of past affiliations, will be able to play a role. Career diplomats who have the ability to work with the international community are very much needed now. Read more »

Subsidize Propane, Please!

By Matt Marek on Tuesday, March 7, 2006.

charbonEnvironmental reforms should be at the forefront of the agenda for the president elect of Haiti. If they aren’t soon enough there won’t be a country to be president of. Read more »

Peace Corps Haiti Closed

By Anonymous on Thursday, March 2, 2006.
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peace corpspeace corpsIt would seem that fate isn't without a sense of humor. Not a week has passed since we rallied to put PC back in Haiti, only to learn that it has been closed for good. Last night, I attended the 45th birthday of the Peace Corps celebrated on Capitol Hill with the likes of Senators Dodd, Kennedy, and Obama, Congressmen Farr, Shays, and Honda, et al. Sergeant Shriver and Eunice were there with their son Tim, as well as PC Director Vasquez and his wife. It was, as far as the PC and the hill are concerned, a star studded event. Read more »

Time for Peace Corps to Come back to Haiti?

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, February 26, 2006.
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peacecorp-logo Elections were (relatively) successful and the country is (relatively) stable at the moment. Port au Prince is still a powder-keg and kidnapping remains a major problem, yet to be addressed. Anyone who has lived in Haiti know that’s most of the country is not like Port-au-Prince. None of the Peace Corps volunteers worked in Port. Our office was/is there, the airport was there, and the staff had ready access to Haitian and American government officials when needed. Read more »

Haiti Seeks IDB Loan for Watershed Management

By Anonymous on Friday, February 24, 2006.
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loanAccording to a recent article in the Caribbean Update, the Interim Government of Haiti has sought $28.5 million from the IADB for a National Watershed Management Program. Read more »

Carnival Environment

By Matt Marek on Wednesday, February 22, 2006.

Jane's Eco-This past Tuesday just one week away from Mardi Gras 20 orphan girls from City of God made a Fresh Air field trip to Wynne Farm. They learned about the benefits of bamboo, ate fresh macadamia nuts and loquats for the first time while enjoying and dancing to the music of a live Racine band. The collaboration of Norwich Mission House and Wynne Farm again culminated into an unusual reprieve for the girls who normally spend most of their time indoors at the dusty orphanage in downtown Port-au-Prince. Read more »

Election Success: Relative or Absolute?

By Anonymous on Monday, February 20, 2006.
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haiti electionsOver the past week, I’ve had a number of people sarcastically ask how the elections were going. This was usually accompanied with an expression that said, ‘is Haiti ever going to do anything right?’ Read more »

Presidential Elections: Who Carries the Drum?

By Bryan Schaaf on Sunday, February 19, 2006.
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radaHaitians have an expression, "After the dance, the drum is heavy". In other words, bad times tend to follow the good. With elections having been completed, how can this momentum be maintained rather than lost as has happened so many times before? Read more »