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.
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.
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.
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.
Haiti made the USA Today. The article begins by noting Preval's annual sppech before a joint session of parliament where he said the country loses badly needed revenue by allowing contraband in while charging exorbitant fees to businesses that import merchandise legally.
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!
In the mass media, when one sees photos of Haiti, it usually involves one of two things - a natural disaster or a protest. Though deforestation has damaged much of the country, Haiti remains beautiful. If photographs speak a thousand words, photoblogs are able to convey that much more. Below are some websites that feature either photo blogs or collections of photos from Haiti. If you know of others, we can post them as well.
I came across an impressive multimedia piece on Haiti's environmental damage in the South Florida Sun Sentinal. The piece contains impressive, and disturbing, photography of deforestation, erosion, and flooding. In addition, there are photo essays, interactive lessons for children, and a number of graphs and charts. The Wynne Farm is also mentioned in this piece. Unfortunately, the "community and solutions" section does not offer up any solutions. Despite this, this is a good piece for understanding Haiti's deteriorating environment - and the repercussions. You can access the piece by clicking here.
It was a busy year for natural disasters. According to an article in the London Guardian, fourteen UN Disaster Reponse teams were dispatched worldwide in 2007. Nine of these were deployed in Latin America and the Carribean. By way of comparison, the previous record was in 1998, when eight teams were sent out after Hurricane Mitch devastated Central America and Hurricane George came through the Carribean.