Per the article below, a U.S. Congressional Delegation visiting Haiti to assess the extent of flood damage from tropical storms had to finish the trip early and return stateside as a result of another approaching tropical storm. In a country that is both deforested and has limited infrastructure, storms can have very serious consequences.
It would be an under-statement to say that Haiti is a hungry country. Population growth, deforestation, and a weak economy are just a few reasons. Hunger also contributes to instability in Haiti - building a functional democracy that can endure over the long term is a challenge when many do not know where their next meal is coming from.
Is a Constitution a living document? If it cannot be changed, does this make it more relevant or does it become less relevant as a people, country, and its government changes? There is a tradition in Latin America of scrapping and re-drafting Constitutions entirely. Some countries have had more than fifteen in their existance.
Breath, Eyes, Memory; Krik? Krak!, and The Dew Breaker among other books by Edwidge Danticat include her characteristic folktale prose woven into her larger themes. And with each book's evolution and the perfection of such prose more and more is revealed about the author, realizing it or not in what seems to develop as a series of memoirs.
If you have not already viewed Haiti Innovation's Flickr site, then we encourage you to do so. There are a number of excellent pictures taken by HII Board Members during work and travel throughout Haiti. These photos are available to you, but we ask that you request permission first before using them on your site or any other materials.
At Haiti Innovation, we frequently discuss issues relating to health, community mobilization, and development. From time to time, we also like to focus on a particular province to illustrate that positive changes that are being made. In this way, when people ask you if there is hope for Haiti, we hope you will reply with a resounding yes.
The Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP) will be holding a Haitian Art Auction on Friday, November 9th. The location will be the Prince George Ballroom at 15 East 27th St (between fifth and Madison).
An article on the Partners in Health website recently caught my eye. For those not familiar, Partners in Health is a non profit organization that pioneered community based methods of treating HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in low resource settings with incredible success. The program started in Haiti and was expanded into Latin America and Africa.
The flooding in the south of Haiti is front page news on the well known disaster/conflict response site, Reliefweb. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has released a situation report (sitrep) stating that thus far 37 have died, 4 are missing, and 78 wounded. In all, 14,504 families were affected and over 3000 families displaced.