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Solidarity or Slavery? Finding Solutions for Restaveks (Denise Green)

  • Posted on: 17 December 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

We should be discussing the Restavek situation in Haiti.  It is neither new or a simple issue.  A restavek (comes from the phrase 'to stay with') is a child who is sent from one family to live with another family.  Considering Haiti's history as  the only people to lead a successful slave rebellion for independence, discussing restaveks can be a sensitive issue.  However, I believe that we must.  

Peace Corps Announces Creation of "Response Corps"

  • Posted on: 27 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
In an announcement on November 19th, the Peace Corps stated that it would bolster the already existing Crisis Corps and rename it "Peace Corps Response" to reflect its increased breadth and depth. Most are familiar with Peace Corps,  but less have heard of the Crisis Corps.  The Crisis Corps was a mechanism through which returned volunteers could serve abroad for a period of several months to a year.  

Chinese Prepare to Deploy Sixth Team of Peacekeepers to Haiti

  • Posted on: 25 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

When we write about China, it usually involves whether the government will protest renewal of MINUSTAH's mandate as a result of Haiti's pro Taiwan stance.  But let us give credit where credit is due.   China has provided well trained, and much needed, peacekeepers for the Haiti Mission.  In fact, soon China will deploy its sixth team of 125 specially trained riot police. 

 

On Line Auction to Support the Training of Haitian Teachers (starting 11/6/2007)

  • Posted on: 6 November 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Auctions can be an excellent way for small organizations to raise seed money with which to start pilot programs.  Sometimes these new programs will work, and can be expanded.  Other times, the decision will be made to discontinue but it will still have been an important learning experience for the organization.

 

Time to Edit the Haitian Constitution?

  • Posted on: 24 October 2007
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Is a Constitution a living document?  If it cannot be changed, does this make it more relevant or does it become less relevant as a people, country, and its government changes?  There is a tradition in Latin America of scrapping and re-drafting Constitutions entirely.  Some countries have had more than fifteen in their existance. 

 

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