I’m at Tampa’s International Airport on my way to Haiti for 7 days. Unlike previous trips where my attention has been customarily divided into three main categories, (the transformation of the mass graves in Titanyen into a memorial and peace park, establishing the footprint for 5 modern communities throughout the country and capacity gap
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Just after sunrise, I met with Father Frechette (a well respected religious figure and hospital administrator) to discuss his experiences and activities in Titanyen. For years Father Frechette has provided dignity for the dead by burying murder victims of the coups, epidemics, and various natural disasters (hurricanes and the earthquake). Additionally, he has
Since it will be quite late before I regain cell phone coverage, here is today’s post: In a few hours I will be joined in Haiti by two colleagues of mine from the States; Stan Wilkins and Todd Welch. Stan is the camera man who filmed the 60 Minutes segment that changed the course of
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
In most real estate transactions, the three most important factors to consider when buying land are: location, location, location. In Haiti’s real estate market, these 8 factors obstruct every potential real estate transaction: Haiti is an island and, as such, land is a finite commodity Elite families own and control most of Haiti’s useable real
It’s been over a year since Haiti’s devastating earthquake and most of the world views Haiti’s reconstruction, or lack thereof, through confused and angry eyes. For those of us who care about Haiti, we see millions of Haitians either homeless or encamped in tent cities. And day after day we hold out hope that Haiti’s
To hear some people talk you would think that Haiti and Port au Prince are one in the same. Of course, this line of thinking doesn’t make a lot of sense because “Haiti is a country” and “Port au Prince is a city.” For a variety of reasons, almost all involving economics, Haiti evolution as
HR&DC’s Purpose In the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s devastating earthquake, I founded Haiti Recovery and Development Company with one simple goal: to help the Haitian people have a better quality of life by assisting with the creation of an economic engine whereby self-reliance could ultimately be possible for Haiti. In broad-brush terms, I am
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
One cannot address the safe water needs for each Haitian without first acknowledging the global problem of unsafe water. According to a UN report more people die from unsafe water than from all forms of violence, including war. One child under the age of five dies every 20 seconds from water-related diseases, according to the
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