PAZAPA Fundraiser for Disabled Haitian Children (11/8/2008)

  • Posted on: 13 October 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Disabilities are part of the human condition.  It has been said that any of us lucky to live long enough will experience a disability.  However, disabled children and their families have unique needs that often go unmet, especially in the developing world.  PAZAPA is a school in Jacmel that provides support to more than 300 disabled children. On Saturday, November 8th a fundraiser will be held from 2:00 - 5:00 at  3181 Porter Street, NW 20008 in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington DC.  If you can come, please RSVP to Anne Grimmer at aegrimmer@aol.com.  If not, please take a look at the PAZAPA website and consider donating to this unique organization.

Jacmel Film Festival: Announcing the Jacmel Journals

  • Posted on: 7 June 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

jacmel film festivalHaiti is a creative, vibrant and ultimately unique country.  Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Haitian arts. The Jacmel Film Festival has proven itself to be one of Haiti's premiere cultural events, both exposing young Haitians to a new medium for and showing visitors a new side of Haiti. Even if you can't attend the Festival, you can now read the Jacmel Journals online.  The website states, "Jacmel Journals are regularly updated photo and video reports produced by FFJ students...these on-line video and photo blogs further community accountability and dialogue, while providing continued on-the-job learning opportunities for aspiring documentarians and storytellers."  If you like the journals, let them know and consider making a donation to support Haiti's up and coming film-makers.

Assignment Haiti: Hope for a New Day

  • Posted on: 13 April 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

Protests, tire burnings, clay biscuits and/or questionable studies on HIV/AIDS are what it usually takes for Haiti to make the news.  When reporters do visit Haiti, they rarely make it outside of Port au Prince.  I was pleased to come across "Assignment Haiti" with Calvin Hughes (Local 10 News in Miami.)  The report captures both the scope of the challenges facing Haiti as well as the country's tremendous potential.  The fundamental question asked is whether there is hope for a New Day in Haiti.  After you watch this piece, we think you will agree that there is.

A Tale of Two (Haitian) Cities: Cap Haitian and Jacmel

  • Posted on: 12 April 2008
  • By: Bryan Schaaf

If you want to read about social unrest in Port au Prince, take a look at this collection of articles on Reliefweb.   However, if you need a break from reading about Port au Prince the way I need a break from writing about it, here we are.  Haiti is, thankfully, bigger than Port au Prince.  Haiti's two secondary cities are Cap Haitian, the city of history, and Jacmel, the city of arts and culture.   Though these cities have been neglected under generations of dicatators, each has much to offer and each will play an important part as Haiti rebuilds.