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When will the dead be left in peace?

Monday, 12 January 2015 by
Mass Graves Titanyen Haiti

  “When will the dead be left in peace?” This question was repeatedly asked of me by closest colleagues, (and others around us), as we witness yet another display of ignorance and political opportunism at the ceremonial mass grave site in Titanyen. While at the time I was to angry to allow words to escape

Canaan - Jerusalem

  Ribbon Cutting Ceremony in Jerusalem Earlier today, as Haiti’s citizens and the international community awaited word regarding the government potential collapse at midnight, I participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Jerusalem resettlement camp. The ceremony was designed to celebrate the unprecedented cooperation (and result!) between two historically opposing groups. Of course, Haiti

Haiti future

  In November of 2014, as I found myself navigating Haiti’s treacherous political waters, I had this to say: “I have always gone to great lengths to avoid involving myself in Haitian politics, or in the geopolitics that permeates this vulnerable nation. That said, sometimes it is necessary to walk an uneasy path as one

Haitian National Memorial & Peace Park | Mass Gravesites

Unlike any of my previous trips to Haiti over the last 5 years, as I prepare to board my plane I am more anxious that normal and unsure as to what challenges or types of situations (riots, collapse of the government) await my arrival. I guess a country in crisis and teetering on the edge

Constructing A Road to the Future

Monday, 05 January 2015 by

  In the midst of the chaos and turmoil Haiti is presently experiencing, HR&DC is proud to report a first in Haiti’s 210 year history. In the middle of the country’s most volatile area, without state or international funds, a group of unlikely colleagues (landowners and resettlement camp residents) have joined forces to construct a

Weariness Sets In

Wednesday, 19 November 2014 by

  Though the activities of the last 7 days are worthy of reiteration and elaboration, unfortunately, the reality of my present state of mind, body and soul warrants the healing property that only silence can deliver. With that being said, thank you for all of the prayers and well-wishes that have been sent my way.

No Holiday

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 by

  Today is a holiday in Haiti, but not for me. I have a full days worth of complex and sensations meetings awaiting me, powerful (internal & external) political forces are circling me and I’ve been sick since the middle of the night. Like I said, today will certainly “not” be a holiday for me.

Canaan - Jerusalem

Since I will be on the road until very late this evening, here is a brief overview of what my agenda looks like for today. This morning, I will be meeting with the head of Haiti’s Chamber of Commerce to discuss various private sector opportunities in Haiti located throughout the island. Though we will examine

Visiting the Mass Graves at Titanyen

Sunday, 16 November 2014 by
Mass Graves Titanyen Haiti

Auditing the Condition of the Mass Graves… It’s Sunday morning, which means it is time that I turn my full attention towards the less pleasant portion of my work here in a Haiti; death, desecration and despair. In a few moments I will travel to Titanyen to audit and record the condition of the mass

Job creation

Job Creation and Microfinancing… I started off my day by picking up a colleague of mine, in from the States, at the airport in Port au Prince. Immediately upon her arrival we met with the director of a global organization whose mission is to provide micro loans to small businesses. This was an fruitful first