…Close your eyes and listen carefully… Can you hear that sound? It’s the sound of hundreds (if not thousands!) of Haitians in the resettlement camps screaming with excitement as they watch the World Cup on big screen TV’s delivered by HR&DC’s in-country director, Reginald Auguste. These TV’s (and their corresponding generators) were graciously
Haiti Trip (June ’14) Day Seven: It’s approximately 11:30 am and I am preparing to return to the States. As I reflect upon the events of the last 7-days, I am pleased to report that old alliances were strengthened, new alliances were born and that measurable progress was made in every key category. I gave
Haiti Trip (June ’14); Day Four: The purpose of my daily post is to let those who care about me know that I am OK and to discuss my activities. To that end, I will use today’s installment to accomplish both goals with an economy of words. I am alive and I have not contracted
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Haiti Trip (June ’14), Day Two: It’s nearing dusk in Haiti and I’m exhausted. Unfortunately for me, my workday is hours from completion and I am miles away from my next appointment. Since I will not have access to the Internet until much later this evening, here is a brief overview of today’s activities. I
June Haiti Trip; Day One: It’s early Tuesday morning and I’m on my way to Port au Prince, Haiti, to continue my Haitian journey. From the moment I deplane, my full attention throughout day one of my June Haiti trip will be in these four critical areas: Property rights issues associated with the mass grave
My luggage is packed and staged in the laundry room for my Haiti trip. Out of sight, yes, though certainly not out of mind. Tomorrow morning I depart for Haiti to continue promoting the values we all hold so dear; Dignity, Hope and Opportunity. And event though I do not always have access to modern
In a few minutes, I will force my battered body from the bed that now cradles me and begin another day. (A day that begins in Haiti and ends with me back in the States.). Before I do so, here are a few thoughts and/or observations from my trip. Over the last 7 days,
Earlier this morning, I conducted a clandestine meeting regarding the transition of Haiti’s largest resettlement camp(s) into a legally recognized city. While extreme confidentiality is a must at this juncture, I (and those on attendance) believe strongly that history will one day view this meeting as a fulcrum moment in stabilization of the Haiti.
As the darkness around me grows in intensity, I’m reminded that,’Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.’ To my own little voice I say, “It will be dawn soon and we can try again tomorrow.” Goodnight…
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It’s approximately 9:30pm and I’ve just finished eating dinner. While today was filled with numerous important conversations, the main thrust of my activities fell into these four categories: The transition of the largest resettlement camp(s) into a legally recognized city, The implementation of a mentoring program for senior officials within the Haitian government, In-depth
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