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 »

PREVAL IS DELCARED PRESIDENT!

By Matt Marek on Thursday, February 16, 2006.
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Preval supporterBy 6 am this morning the noise in the streets told you a president was delcared. That President, Rene Garcia Preval looking to be the second President to complete his full term and still the only one to do so. Nine days after the election amid pressure from the protesters in the streets, the opposition unwilling to concede and rumors of fraud the CEP has made it official at just over 51%. Now there is Hope, we'll see what comes next. Read more »

Hope in the Streets

By Matt Marek on Monday, February 13, 2006.
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poleThe last major movement of the people in Haiti was given the name Lavalas, meaning the flood/the rains. The current movement not completely disconnected from the previous one has campaigned on the word Lespwa which means hope. Today Lespwa took to the streets no longer hoping but demanding that Preval their candidate be announced the winner. They continuously made claims that they would not wait for a second round of elections. Read more »

Haiti Innovation Hits the Road

By Bryan Schaaf on Monday, February 13, 2006.

roadHaiti Innovation is a proud member of the Haiti Task Force, a team of organizations active in Haiti that are devoted to fostering collaborative partnerships. This group includes Haiti Innovation, the Haiti Micah Project, and the Louverture School and is facilitated by Father Joseph Constant, and Episcopalian Priest who works at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Read more »

“Pran La Ri a”, “Reklame Vot la”

By Matt Marek on Sunday, February 12, 2006.
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Is it incompetence or corruption? Just 5 days after the election this past Tuesday Haitians are demanding results now and the loudest demands are coming from Preval’s camp. All over Haitian radio stations today citizens called in to encourage people to “Pran la ri a”, “Reklame vot la” (Take to the streets, Reclaim the vote). As the CEP continues to tabulate the vote and Preval’s percentage drops his supporters are screaming corruption even though he still holds a commanding lead, last reported as 49% of the vote, but just short of the 50% needed to win the first round outright. This lead after the Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas were tabulated teetered around 70% but as votes came in from around the country where Preval has less support his numbers naturally started to decline. Read more »

Mass Transit: a good next step

By Anonymous on Sunday, February 12, 2006.

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It seems appropriate that given the vast amount of goods moving between the Dominican Republic and Haiti, it is about time that these two nations attempt to formalize at least this one aspect of their trade relationship: transportation. Read more »

Post Elections: Day 6

By Anonymous on Friday, February 10, 2006.
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Tabulation CenterAfter our late night last night, today wasn’t kicked into gear until noon, which still felt too early. After a brief visit to the embassy we set out to visit the tabulation center. Security was tight; UN and HNP officers were everywhere. Our official Haitian observer badges were barely enough to get us through the gate. Luckily John had his US Govt badge which I think put us over the top. Turned out Ambassador Carney was already inside, so they may have assumed we were together. I had a brief chat with the ambassador. He seemed pleased with the way things had run thus far. Read more »