Historic sites throughout Haiti speak to resistance, perseverence, and the long struggle for freedom. Unfortunately, many of these sites are now falling apart. Stephanie Curci has created a website that is both map and visual record of Haiti's historical sites. She plans to expand the number of sites represented and make it interactive so visitors can post their own photos and narratives. Stephanie welcomes feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, below is an article she wrote for the Journal of Haitian Studies on preserving and reintegrating Haiti's unique historical legacy.
On the outskirts of Les Cayes several years ago, I came across a school with a bio-latrine that used airless digestion to transform human waste into gas suitable for cooking, heating and lighting. After one month, there was enough gas being produced to cook a meal for all of the students in this fairly large school, without using environmentally destructive wood charcoal. The gas is without odor and, beyond the initial investment, without cost. The experiences of other low resource countries might hold lessons for the potential scale up of this innovation in Haiti.
American Express is hosting a competition on its website where users (you don't have to be a member) submit ideas that could have a positive social impact if given a little bit of funding. $2.5 million will be divided among the top 25 projects. Let's face it - this is mostly advertising for American Express but a little seed money can go a long way. There is one worthwhile Haitian project concerning reforestation in Les Cayes but you could always submit an idea of your own. The deadline is August 18th.