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Haiti Week (NY) and Haiti Now

December 8, 2010

Dear Friends,

As Haiti week begins I think its important to talk about what is happening right now.  Many cities are burning today and no one can go outside. There are tires burning, Haitians being shot, wounded, gassed; manifestations, Aux Cayes is burning down, and essentially the country is burning down due to the presidential results announced last night.  Everyone is hearing gunshots and seeing smoke above their cities, including myself. Right now its Cap, Leogane, Aux Cayes, and Port au Prince…for now.

I’m sure you all have been up on the news but as Haiti week begins lets put Haiti into perspective because so long as the people are not respected and their freedoms are not respected, there will be no peace, and the people will continue to suffer even more.

Things are developing minute by minute and we don’t know if it will be a turn for the worst or that the unrest will be scaled down.  I pray for a resolution and hope that these events send some healing energy to our beloved Haiti.

Big Love

 

December 8, 2010

 

“During the civil rights movement, African Americans were participating in riots in response to horrible living conditions and institutional racism. When people are being oppressed, it is quite justified and necessary to demonstrate. I hope things will change such that the Haitian population are given dignity in their lives.”

 

 

PREVANSYON KONT MALADI DYARE

October 23, 2010
NAN KA EPIDEMI

Siy ak risk pwopagasyon

  • Plizyè poupou dlo ak vomismans nan espas  yon ti moman
  • Li ka tiye nan espas  kèk èdtan
  • Li parèt an jeneral nan kote ki genyen anpil moun oswa kote  ki pa gen sèvis sanite efektif
  • Se yon maladi ki kouri vit kote ki gen anpil moun. Li ka trape nan manje ak nan dlo

Aksyon Imedyat Ki Dwe Pran

  • Chache asistans medikal oswa yon ajan sante ki kalifye
  • Bwè anpil likid: dlo, solisyon sewòm oral (SRO), ak ji
  • Kontinye bay tibebe yo tete
  • Tojou lavè men nou ak dlo ak savon lè:
  • Nou soti nan twalèt
  • Nou manyen poupou
  • Avan nou manyin manjè ak  swa le nap fe manjè
  • Avan nou fe manjè ak avan nou bay timoun yo manjè
  • Jete tout poupou, ni pa tibebe  ak pa  jenn moun yo,  nan twalèt, nan latrin oswa antere yo.
  • Dezenfekte sifas nan kontak avek poupou yo
  • Sevi ak dlo trete

Travayè lasante ak sant lasante yo dwe bay tout infomasyon bay fanmi ak  kominote yo sou risk trape maladi  kolera ak dyare ak mezi ki dwe pran depi siy yo paret

Thank you Sasha…please share with whomever you support on the ground here: in kreyol prevention information for cholera.

An Update is Coming…

October 12, 2010

I’m still here and will be sharing news on the continued work in Haiti very soon.

 

 

Sakapfet?

August 14, 2010

Time is going by and before you know it we’ll be at the one year mark.  I hope that I can say that things are drastically different from today.  So what’s happening?  I wonder at times what is happening and ask the same question as well.  Luckily, I remain focused on the community work that brought me back to Haiti for good.  For me, its important to stay focused because Haiti can be a rabbit-hole.  You can get sucked into all types of causes, issues, and situations.  You can get sucked into one group, or just one scene, or get so turned off by the challenges that you turn your back and just get comfortable.  The day that I get too comfortable and accept the way that things are here, is the day that I no longer belong here.  That’s a promise that I have made to myself and to my community here.  A revolution is lifelong work…

My Opinion:

There are things happening on the ground here, its just that they are not happening fast enough and if you look at the conditions of the people- not much has changed.  Trucks are on the street and rubble is being removed, just not fast enough.  In my opinion, until the conditions of the people change we have yet to begin the reconstruction that we’re all aiming to achieve.  Until the people are no longer in tents and tarps and have access to basic services and a source of income, we have not made any strides at all.  Without proper shelter and means the people remain in insecurity.  Until a woman can feed her family, she will be exploited, whether or not she chooses to exploit herself.  Young girls are offering themselves on the street and children are being exploited by their own families at times.  The only end to such desperate measures are self sufficiency in the form of food, education, water, income, and sanitation.  The imbalance and colonial system of Haiti is too great to combat with a bandaid here and a bandaid there.  We need a revolution of change that impacts the individual…we have to start locally, and not just in port au prince.

Community Work

As it stands all of the community work that we are involved in is moving forward.  Carrefour Feuilles and Bas Gormand projects are one step away from implementation.  Richard and I, along with the committees of each community have been meeting and planning and volunteering for over five months now!  We’ve come a long way and I will make a formal announcement regarding our projects very soon.  Photos will definitely accompany them as well.  To date, I am still working on getting orphans sponsored.  We officially have 112 orphans sponsored for one year!  Truly, we are creating a solidarity movement with partners from Turkey, the US, and Haiti working together to give the children a chance…We’re going to make it.

Haiti Earthquake Survivors Peacefully Demonstrate to Call Attention to the Forced Expulsions and Horrific Conditions in Camps

August 11, 2010

For Immediate Release: 11 August, 2010

Haiti Earthquake Survivors Peacefully Demonstrate to Call Attention to the Forced Expulsions and Horrific Conditions in Camps

Seven Months After Catastrophe: No Solutions and No Assistance

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – Thursday, August 12, 10AM Sit-in in front of the National Palace.
Force for Reflection and Action on the Housing Cause (FRAKKA), Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), Batay Ouvrière (B.O), KOOTK, OVS, COSEM, Immaculé, Deplace, CUSLG, Camp Mezyan, Babankou and other Internally displaced people under threat of expulsion, invite the international and national press and community to their sit-in in front of Haiti’s National Palace 11am EST on August 12. Seven months after the tragic earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands and left more than one and half million survivors homeless, the most vulnerable are organizing to demand a moratorium on forced evictions, which are happening in violation of Haitian and international law. The government must immediately provide humane alternatives to the muddy, dangerous, unsanitary and simply brutal living conditions by verifying ownership titles, and nationalizing by decree all empty and idle lands in the hands of large landowners. The thousands who cannot leave their camps for fear of expulsion or lack of transport funds will participate in the protest by banging pots at noon (1pm EST) within the tent cities throughout Port-au-Prince and surrounding towns.

While international aid agencies and the United Nations readily admit that the camps do not meet international standards for internally displaced people, at the same time non-governmental organizations, charities and the Haitian Government are unwilling to provide basic services to these victims.

Food distributions have come to a halt and many aid agencies are intentionally withholding necessary and fundamental services such as latrines, water, food and medical aid, in order to force earthquake victims to abandon the camps that currently exist in former parks, school grounds and churchyards. However, no feasible plans exist to relocate these families.

Through the generosity of people throughout the world, more than one billion dollars has already been donated to charities. “Haitians who lost loved ones, homes and all their belongings are now out in the merciless summer sun all day, then soaked to the bone by rains each night,” explains Melinda Miles, director of Let Haiti Live and Coordinator of the Haiti Response Coalition. “They are deprived of fundamental human rights – access to food, water, shelter – and have no other place to go.”

The U.S. government and UN agencies all point to the Haitian Government’s inability to provide land for resettlement, referring to controversies around land tenure and eminent domain. However in the past, eminent domain has not been an issue when the government has needed to appropriate land for building roads or factories. The current situation is illustrative of a historical precedent of private property being more important than the rights of the poor.

“The law is perfectly clear,” according to prominent human rights attorney Mario Joseph. “There is a problem of political will and a problem of exclusion. The poor have been excluded from their land for years, and are now excluded from the process determining their rights to lodgings.”

In addition to demanding immediate solutions for the internally displaced people such as viable land for relocation and resumption of basic services without further delay, demonstrators are demanding that forced evictions and violent expulsions cease, and the Haitian Government and Haitian National Police enforce a mandatory moratorium on forced removals until suitable alternatives are in place.

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WE’RE STILL HERE…

August 6, 2010

PLEASE…DO NOT FORGET:

January 12, 2010, a day that changed my life and many lives forever.

The images and stories you heard about Haitians saving Haitians.

The lack of logistics and the solidarity that became the life-saving community efforts.

The work that you or I, or someone close to you took upon themselves to do.

The mortality rate…

The fact that conditions are unacceptable here for our displaced brothers and sisters…

That without solidarity we are going to approach uncertain times.

That if we don’t respect ourselves as Haitians no one else will…

That the people make a country, not any one individual…

That we are all working for the advancement of Haiti…

That we all are united through our love for Haiti…

We can never forget the experience of living throughout the emergency efforts of Haiti- for those of us who were here…

We can never forget that those who are survivors lived through something inexplicable here in Haiti on January 12, 2010.

That it will take a lifetime of healing and rehabilitation to become better.

PLEASE DON’T LET THE MEDIA TAKE YOUR ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE.  DON’T FORGET ABOUT US ON THE GROUND LIVING THE REALITIES HERE.  DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE COUNTLESS AMOUNT OF PEOPLE LIVING UNDER TENTS IF THEY’RE LUCKY WHILE MOST ARE UNDER BEATEN TARPS.  DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE CONDITIONS OF THE PEOPLE.

WE’RE STILL HERE.

In Solidarity