The Haitian Renaissance

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I will be 50 years old in July.  In technology years this makes me roughly 5,000,000 years old.  Ancient.  Pre-historic, actually.  To hear my tech-savvy friends and colleagues speak, by the time I turn 55 they fully expect that I will have re-grown a tail and that I will be living in a boggy with

In the aftermath of Haiti’s January 12, 2010 earthquake, I discovered that an untold number of dead Haitians had been taken to a landfill just outside Port-Au-Prince.  Here they were unceremoniously dumped on top of existing garbage and entombed by rubble and debris. Today this sacred land continues to be used as a public landfill.

World estimates prior to Haiti’s devastating earthquake indicated more than 1/3 the population lived in or around the Port-au-Prince (PaP).  Because the earthquake was centered so close to the capital city, the destructive impact to Haitian people was magnified with over 300,000 losing their lives and more than 1.5 million people left homeless. Many authorities

The Vultures Descend Upon Haiti

Monday, 20 December 2010 by

Next to loss of human life in any natural disaster, there is no greater tragedy than the economic exploitation by companies looking to make a quick buck.  Haiti’s plight in this area was just reported in a Washington Post article Would-be Haitian contractors miss out on aid.  They reported that only $1.60 of every $100

Will 9 Million People Die of Cholera?

Thursday, 16 December 2010 by

Anger.  Yes, anger is my first and deepest emotion with regard to Haiti’s recent Cholera outbreak.  After all, Cholera is completely predictable.  Cholera is also completely preventable.  These facts are above reproach.  Unfortunately, facts aside, Haiti is now forced to endure yet another round of catastrophic events, with no end in sight and 9 million

I have just returned from my first trip to Haiti.  It’s amazing how far back in time one can go while traveling so few miles. Over the coming days, I will be posting various photos from my trip. In most cases the images will speak for themselves.  Occasionally, some narrative pertinent to the photo will

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Yesterday’s New York Times story “In Haiti, Rising Call for Displaced To Go Away ” makes clear the potential consequences of a recovery effort that has been maddeningly slow to address the 1.3 million displaced Haitians following last January’s earthquake. It appears what is beginning to occur here points to a lack of focus on

HR&DC Work Force and Training Plans One of the core objectives of HR&DC is to create, implement and manage a variety of construction-centric training and vocational programs throughout Haiti. It is our goal to replace the Haitian people’s history of subservience and acceptance with hope, meaningful work and some form of trade. Haiti’s WorkForce: The

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Where is Haiti’s Marshall Plan?

Wednesday, 04 August 2010 by

  Tampa Tribune Published: April 4, 2010 This an article written by Haiti Recovery and Development Company Founder, Jim Lange, is commentary on what is needed Haiti to pull the people from the depths of despair.

By Joseph Guyler Delva Thu Jul 29, 2010 8:04pm EDT PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Grammy-award winning singer Wyclef Jean said on Thursday that he has taken legal steps toward running for president in quake-devastated Haiti, but has not made a definite decision to run.