The Haitian Renaissance

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  As most of you know, on January 17, 2010, I watched a segment on 60 Minutes regarding the earthquake in Haiti that changed the course of my life and for the last three days the camera man from that episode, Stan Wilkins, has accompanied me throughout the country. Today we traveled to the mass

  Today, for the first time in 3 1/2 years, I altered my breakneck schedule due to complications arising from my Ankylosing Spondylitis and accepted an invitation to enjoy an afternoon of “mostly pleasant conversation” high in the mountains outside of Port au Prince. I say “mostly pleasant” since we still concentrated a fair amount

  HR&DC CEO Jim Lange meets with Mariam Yardani of Viva Rio.   It’s a little before 8:00 pm and, though I have only been in-country for two days, I must confess that I am already physically beaten up and worn out. (At this rate, this is going to be a very, very long trip.)

  Haiti Trip (March); Day Five: It’s been said that the best bridge between hope and despair is a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately for me, last night the bridge was closed. In any event, in a few minutes I will depart for the airport in Port au Prince en-route to Mole Saint-Nicolas. Since Mole does

  Haiti Trip (March); Day Four: Broad daylight does not eliminate the existence of one’s horrors, it simply retreats these horrors to that place within us where our soul is meant to dwell alone. This was the thought that ricocheted around my brain as I sat and listened to a damaged young man (Ronald A.)

  Haiti Trip (March); Day Three: As I sit here typing this post through crossed and blurry eyes, I find it hard to believe that I can be this tired after only three days here in Haiti. As for today’s activities, I spent the morning and early afternoon in Croix des Bouquets touring a new, state-of-the-art,

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  Haiti Trip (March); Day Two: *transcribed by Alex via phone While today’s activities centered around two particular topics, this post will focus on a very unexpected occurrence. During a discussion about a job creation initiative for Mole St. Nicolas, a gentleman revealed that he had been personally responsible for the creation of the second

  Haiti Trip (March); Day One: It’s very early Tuesday morning and I am awaiting my flight from Tampa to Miami en route to Haiti. Since I will be on the go from the moment I deplane in Port au Prince, I thought it wise to check-in now while I have a access to the

March Haiti Trip, Prologue

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  Haiti Trip (March – near Lutz); Prologue: As most of you who know me can attest, (and apparently everyone who has actually sees me seems to agree), January’s trip to Haiti was exceptional brutal on me. As a result, I cancelled my February trip and instead spent the last 8 weeks allowing my body

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  It’s right around 7:30 pm and I have just landed in Miami. All around me the hum of life fills my senses and I am thankfully for this much-needed infusion of energy. As my recent posts had indicated, over the course of the last 8-days I interacted with scores of people in a wide-array