Wout Yo Di!!! (An Update on Road Construction in Haiti)

  • Posted on: 24 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

roadHaiti's roads are awful. When I was a volunteer, a peacekeeper told me that the only worse roads he had ever seen were in Nepal.  The lack of infrastucture has affected people's ability to do business, seek health care, visit relatives, and to travel in general.  But there is good news - For the first time in a long while progress is being made on Haiti's road system. 

 

The "Reverse Peace Corps" Approach: Atlas Corps Seeks to Grow

  • Posted on: 23 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf
Peace Corps has the goals of exposing Americans to other cultures, exposing people of other cultures to Americans, and offering assistance whenever possible.  But Peace Corps can't be called an exchange.  When was the last time one of our colleagues was able to come to the United States via Peace Corps?  For this reason, I was pleased to learn about a new organization called Atlas Corps which brings nonprofit leaders from the developing world to volunteer for one year in the U.S.  Senator Harris Wofford serves on their Senior Advisory Board and has praised their innovative "reverse Peace Corps" approach towards development.

Rotary in Haiti/Haitians in Rotary

  • Posted on: 22 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

So I've been thinking about joining Rotary Club.  Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders interested in humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards, and promoting peace and goodwill around the world.  There are about 1.2 million Rotarians belonging to more than 31,000 Rotary clubs in 166 countries.  There are plenty of programs financed by Rotary International, but are there Haitian Rotary Clubs?  Turns out that there are.

Frontline World: Belo's Song of Peace

  • Posted on: 20 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Thanks to Frontline World for sending us a link to a well done piece on Belo, a young Haitian musician with a message of peace and unity.  Belo wants the world to judge Haiti by its good qualities as well.  We wholeheartedly agree. Haiti is unique and its music and art reflect this. Without music and art, Haiti would not be Haiti.

Haiti Micah Project Update - Making a Difference in Mirebalais

  • Posted on: 20 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

When someone says 'philanthropy', I am concerned that it conjures up images of celebrities and investors. All who support social causes are philanthropists.  Some prefer to support established organizations with a global reach.  Others like to support smaller organizations with the potential to grow.   Haiti Micah Project (HMP), serving vulnerable children in Mirebalais, is an organization poised to expand significantly in 2008.

IDB makes donation to foster biofuel production in Haiti, the DR and El Salvador

  • Posted on: 13 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

According to Dominican Today, the IDB approved a US$750,000 donation to   support the development of the biofuels industry in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and El Salvador.  Feasibility studies will be carried out by Brazil’s Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) within the framework laid out by the US-Brazil Initiative for Biofuels in Central America and the Caribbean. 

Haiti In Photos (Part 2)

  • Posted on: 12 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Haitians say that what the eyes do not see, the heart cannot feel.  There is much to that.  Considering how numb many of us have become to violence, it is difficult to convey the enormity of the humanitarian crisis in Darfur without images.  Without photos, it is also hard to show the beauty of a long maligned country like Haiti.  Below are some more sites (and a link to a book) that convey the beauty of Haiti and Haitians in a way that writing cannot.  Enjoy!

Hydroelectricty and Haiti (Development for Whom?)

  • Posted on: 11 January 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

I was reading an article on Carribean 360 concerning the International Development Bank's $760 million plan to renovate the Peligre Dam, in order to increase its capacity to provide electricity to the portion of Haiti south of the dam.   Hydropower can be an asset to countries, but not at any cost.  The Peligre Dam is a cautionary tale about the horrible things sometimes done by governmental and international organizations in the name of development.  Development for whom?  At what cost?  

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