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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Haiti Engineering and Cal Poly Students Help Rebuild Home in Haiti

In June, Haiti Engineering and Cal Poly students went to Haiti to work on the "Carole Project," a project to help rebuild the home of woman living in Leogane.  You can read more about the trip in the August 2011 Caltrans Newsletter article.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Haiti - Elections : Mirlande Manigat open to all alliances...

Haiti - Elections : Mirlande Manigat open to all alliances...

12/02/2011 09:19:16

Mirlande Manigat candidate, said she is open to alliances for the second round. Like the candidate Michel Martelly, the objective is to seek the maximum of votes. Mirlande Manigat says she is ready to talk with everyone and does not exclude anyone, nor Duvalierists nor lavalasiens, advocating a government of all Haitians. Concerning an alliance at the initiative of INITE, she replied "it depends" recalling that in policy political organizations act according to their interests.

If the language is different, this approach remains relatively the same from that of his opponent Michel Martelly who constantly says his openness and desire for national reconciliation. Manigat maneuver more subtly, Martelly, is more direct ... None of the candidates can overlook the reservoir of votes of INITE [among others]. At this subject, Michel Martelly said he was exploring the "possibility to establish an aliance with sectors of the ruling party" specifying that "if we make an alliance with someone, it is imperative that it shares our views" this is somewhat similar to the "it depends" of Mirlande Manigat.

If these potential alliances raise many passions, questions show a lack of understanding among voters supporters of both candidates, we must not forget that the probability of control of both houses (Deputies and Senators] by INITE is very high. It is therefore "normal" that the attitude of openness of the two candidates

see even some "secret negotiations before the election" may be preferable, to "ensure" that once elected, the new President will be able to govern, avoiding a situation of confrontation and permanent blocking where the loser would be, once again, the Haitian people.

Whatever the elected in the second round, he or she must necessarily deal with INITE. Then before or after is just a matter of campaign strategy, of choice of words or moral some would say...

Another obstacle for Haiti

Another obstacle for Haiti

Aristide’s return poses huge political risk

The pending return of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide from exile is the latest obstacle in Haiti’s path toward creating a legitimate, credible government through the ballot box. Given Mr. Aristide’s controversial background and the role he played in taking Haiti to the brink of chaos during a term cut short by rebellion seven years ago, allowing his return at this critical juncture represents a huge risk with unforeseeable consequences.

Outgoing President René Preval, once Mr. Aristide’s loyal prime minister and current Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive seem to be going out of their way to make the electoral process more uncertain. First, they allowed exiled despot Jean-Claude Duvalier to suddenly reappear, as if by magic, after 25 years of golden exile in France. No credible explanation has yet been offered for his sudden return, an ominous development for Haitians who recall the Duvalier era as a time of unrelieved misery.

Now Mr. Aristide’s reemergence just before voters pick a new president in the delayed presidential runoff scheduled for March 20 presents Haiti with a more serious threat to its fragile stability.

Mr. Aristide no doubt maintains a loyal following in the country, but he is a polarizing figure who inspires both love and fear. His populist rhetoric creates unfounded hopes for a better Haiti among the poor, but his record is one of divisiveness and undelivered promises. Given his history, it’s hard to put much stock in claims that he does not seek a political role.

Have Messrs. Préval and Bellerive forgotten that Mr. Aristide’s last term in office ended in chaos? That Haiti barely dodged a civil war only because he was removed from the scene in the nick of time? That it took months of perseverance and dangerous work by U.N. troops, generously supported by the largesse of the international community, to rid the streets of thugs and criminals after he fled the palace in February, 2004?

Thanks to those soldiers, still present today, Haiti’s streets and rural areas remain relatively free of crime and lawlessness, but protests that erupted last week offer stark evidence that security remains a problem. Mr. Aristide’s presence wouldn’t help. A U.S. State Department spokesman underlined the fears of the international community, saying Mr. Aristide’s return “would prove to be an unfortunate distraction to the people of Haiti.”

In a Feb. 10 letter to The Miami Herald, Prime Minister Bellerive said there was no legal or constitutional obstacle to the former president’s return if he would only request a passport, which has now been issued. This cavalier disregard for Mr. Aristide’s past and the trouble he caused is an insult to all those who have labored for years to create a new Haiti that can give its people the hope of genuine progress. He represents Haiti’s turbulent past, not its future.

Haitian authorities are either naïve or disingenuous, or both, if they see Mr. Aristide as just another citizen who wants to come back to his native country. Nor does the legal explanation account for the conspicuously bad timing, just weeks before an election that is supposed to create a legitimate government that allows Haiti to move forward. His return, coming on the heels of Mr. Duvalier’s unannounced arrival in the country and following a series of missteps and controversies involving the electoral commission, suggests that there is a deliberate effort under way to sabotage the elections.

Haiti’s leaders should be under no illusions: Any action that leads to a delay or postponement of the March 20 runoff could well lead to second thoughts by foreign donors about the wisdom of investing further in a country whose leaders are too preoccupied with political infighting and protecting their own self interest to look after Haiti’s wellbeing.

Haiti needs the international community, but the country’s leaders need to show a greater level of political maturity or risk losing support from abroad. The best way to offer reassurance is to put an end to the political gamesmanship and concentrate on measures to unite the country and offer a better vision of tomorrow. Jean-Bertrand Aristide is not part of that scenario.

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Thony.S Jean-Baptiste Yesterday 08:11 PM

They are haitian, what's wrong that but something gonna happen on your face Mr Corruption President Preval, Will see... Everyday is not sunday Mr...

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Young Higha Yesterday 09:29 PM

As a proud haitian, I'm advising whoever wrote this article to use more IF and more. I THINK because the international community and the US has no interest and no intentions of helping Haiti, and the corrupted media like you and the others only talk trash about Haiti and Haitian, and the american government's focus has left Haiti's issues to multiply so they could one more state to their legacy just like they'vve. Already accupied BASE NAVAL........

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jacques Yesterday 10:15 PM

The Editorial is 100% correct. Congrats!!!

How I wish all the other politicians of the past would just give Haiti a break for once....just once...let us take a step forward

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gogetem Yesterday 10:43 PM

Wow, wow, wow!!!! where do I begin? All I will say is Haiti for Haitians though self-determination has been ripped from us we will fight to get it back just like 1803, I just hope and pray it is less bloody this time. Its funny how they do not want us in their country at the same time they do not want some of us in our own country.

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pawolla Yesterday 10:47 PM

Did anyone see how the people of North Africa (Cush) clean up after they made a huge mess? So why should someone from outside clean Ayit for us...I think we should be asking where is François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture BODY, for one thing, two stop telling the same story over and over with substitute words and three about 3 million Ayisien died on Jan 2010, and yet the leader is been silent by the invisible force. So why not ask God to reveal who they are Duet 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law. So we ask God to reveal.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Top Ten Private Initiatives in Haiti Supplement Big Players in 2010-11

We all know the U.N., Red Cross, CARE, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, Habitat for Humanity, Mercy Corps -- but what about smaller, private initiatives of the international community in Haiti? Individually, their efforts are tremendous. Collectively, they are of staggering importance. In the fields of agriculture, the arts, children and orphans, education, health, housing, microfinance, and reforestation, private initiatives are in the trenches helping to build the new Haiti.

Workers for Yéle Corps are employed four weeks at a time, with a long waiting list for jobs

as they come vacant. The majority of workers come from tent camps, and in most cases

the income they receive supports an extended family. Photo: Yéle Haiti / Sebastian Petion.

Recently, at the suggestion of Congressman Ben Gilman, I coordinated the leadership of select private initiative efforts in Haiti to meet, hosted by Bob Cushman of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. Sixteen global citizens participated, with another six requesting updates. The informative and inspiring meeting has led to the planning of a press conference to keep the spotlight on HOPE for Haiti -- not the continuing hell and horror of debris, disease, and destruction. Noting donor fatigue at the endless cycle of bad news, the group will focus on what positive accomplishments and possibilities exist..

Top Private Initiatives in Haiti - 2010-11

1. Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti (Deschapelles)

2. International University Center Haiti (2011, Léogâne)

3. YMCA Haiti (Port-au-Prince)

4. Yéle Haiti (national)

Children help to transplant trees grown by their parents in the Yéle Vert nursery near

Gonaives. Like the other five nurseries that make up the Yéle Vert program in the Gonaives

area, this nursery is run by local farmers. Photo credit: Yéle Haiti / Sebastian Petion.

Hugh Locke, President of the Yéle Haiti, shared with me three markers of progress there:

There is good news from Haiti, but it does not make it past the overwhelming bad news that is defining how the country is perceived abroad. For some balance, I would like to share three good news stories from Yéle Haiti.

Yéle Vert combines tree planting (close to 400,000 planted so far this year) by farmers with an agricultural service to these same farmers that provides them with seed, fertilizer, tools and training to help improve crop yields. In January the program will be at full capacity and producing one million trees a year.

Yéle Corps provides jobs for 2,000 people from tent camps and poor neighborhoods to clean streets and canals, giving both dignity and income to those directly affected by the earthquake. Beginning in January, the program is expanding to include vocational training for 120 people at a time to learn carpentry, masonry and plumbing.

Nutrition for Kids employs peasant farmers to grow fresh vegetables that are delivered weekly to 21 orphanages, expanding within the next few weeks to around 40 orphanages and a total of around 2,000 children.

Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti in Deschapelles was started by the Mellon family in 1947.

Some of my friends think it is absurd to think about the arts in Haiti at this time. As the leadership of the Smithsonian Institute realized the day the earthquake hit, it would be absurd not to. Haiti will recover, and needs the arts for its sense of identity, satisfaction from beauty itself, and for commerce - tourism and gallery sales. The art scenes have been in Pétionville and Jacmel, but I predict that Léogâne will now become the third legs of the arts stool.

Sandy Mitchell, executive director of the International YMCA based in New York, told me:

There are certainly countless areas in which Haiti can benefit from support from the international community. In addition to all the very basic survival needs that still confront a significant portion of the Haitian population on a daily basis, I believe a key to long-term success in rebuilding the country is to focus on various forms of education, youth leadership development and the reinforcement of a culture of community service and responsibility.

This is not something to be imposed from outside but rather to be modeled hand-in-hand with our Haitian counterparts. Desperate situations can lead people to take desperate and often destructive and lawless actions. Positive role models, on the other hand, can help counter this and to tip the balance from feelings of hopelessness to hope, from fear and frustration to confidence that there is a better future, and from anger and despair to pride that positive change is possible by seeing real examples and actively engaging in the betterment of the community.

The YMCA of Haiti opened in Port-au-Prince in 2010 and plans for Léogâne in 2011.

Sandy continued:

Young people tend to be at the forefront of major societal changes and for that reason it is especially important for the youth of Haiti to find positive outlets and opportunities, and see positive role models. They are the future leaders and that leadership is being shaped now by what they see around them. They need hope; initiatives such as innovative approaches to formal and informal education and health care, the restoration or reintroduction of cultural outlets, the use of green architecture and agriculture, the inclusion of people from all walks of life in initiatives to improve community life, and the creation of small businesses can provide that hope for a brighter future.

As an organization present in over 120 countries, the YMCA has been addressing pressing social challenges and serving local community needs for more than 160 years. The YMCA of Haiti is a wonderful example of a Haitian organization which, with the support of other YMCAs, has continued to provide services to children, youth and families, including services to displaced individuals and those physically impacted.

We welcome the opportunity that this creative initiative to build The New Haiti offers for gaining synergy through more integrated efforts of many organizations. This will enable us all to expand the impact in the local community and prepare a path that does offer promise for the future.

Haiti's "peasant" cooperatives are a source of enormous organization and strength.

Agriculture & Reforestation

1. Coffee Growers Cooperative (COOPCAB; Belle Anse)

2. Leogane Agricultural Cooperative(Léogâne)

3. Factory Residential Cooperative

Former Haitian Ambassador Marcel Duret, now involved with the Haitian Coffee Growers Cooperative (COOPCAB), commented on the progress of the New York leadership for helping build The New Haiti:

The untold story of a multitude of small and medium size NGOs which have been involved in Haiti for years is quite a revealing one. Indeed, successes abound namely in the rural areas where thousands and thousands of families have been empowered by the technical and financial supports of NGOs all over the country.

While thousand others joined the effort of the revival of Haiti after the January 12 earthquake, criticism arose about the lack of coordination among them. It is refreshing and promising that some of them have joined forces to exchange ideas and coordinate their actions and therefore avoid duplications and the waste of energy and resources.

I salute this initiative wholeheartedly and I hereby promise my full commitment to the New York leadership for helping build The New Haiti.

Ciné Institute of Jacmel is a leading cultural institution in Haiti.


1. Ciné Institute, Haiti (Jacmel)

2. International Museum of Art (2011, Léogâne)

3. International Film Institute (2011, Léogâne)

4. International Library of Haiti (2011, Léogâne)


1. Achilles Kids (2011, Léogâne)

2. Orphans International Worldwide (Léogâne)

l'Ecole de la Rédemption in Léogâne carried on post-quake in 17 tents.


1. Allied Health Studies Institute (Léogâne)

2. Inter-university Institute for Research and Development (INURED; P-a-P)

3. l'Ecole de la Rédemption (Léogâne)

4. Teach The World On-Line (Port-au-Prince)

NPH Saint Damien Hospital Haiti in Port-au-Prince is Haiti's leading pediatric hospital.


1. NPH Saint Damien Hospital Haiti (P-a-P)

2. L'Hôpital Ste Croix de Léogâne (Léogâne)

3. Partners in Health (Zanmi Lasante Haiti)

Jurate Kazickas, one of my own personal heroes and founder of Teach The World On-Line Haiti, explained to me:

Teach the World Online knows, as does everyone analyzing the situation in Haiti, that education is the key to its future. However, the young people of this country may never receive the knowledge needed to find and create jobs in their homeland by relying on traditional classrooms with traditional teachers. Enough brick-and-mortar schools cannot be built fast enough and qualified local teachers won't be found in this generation to instruct the hundreds of thousands children who today are without schools in Haiti.

Only the efficient and cheap use of video conferencing technology between teachers based in other countries to students interacting via a computer over the Internet can deliver immediate and meaningful instruction to Haitian youngsters.

Teach The World Online delivers this kind of education combining the tools of the new technology, a multi-media interactive curriculum and a workforce of qualified and willing teachers who are able to instruct students from their homes, offices and schools in the U.S. and around the world. We need others to join us in this revolutionary approach to education in Haiti. There is no other way to go.

Rotary International is active across Haiti with an emphasis on clean water.


1. American Institute of Architects (Global Dialogues Committee)

2. GreenLight Innovations (2011, Léogâne)

World-renown architect Noushin Ehsan, chair of the AIANY Global Dialogues Committee, explained:

With our Collaborative Design for Sustainable Housing in Haiti program, we will unveil the six final designs the evening of January 12 at a benefit in the AIA offices on Waverly Place. The AIA is assisting in the creation of housing to be created for $1,000 per home. The models homes are expected to be built for $5,000 each in both Petite Goâve and Léogâne. The Committee needs to raise $30,000 to build the six chosen prototype designs. An additional $30,000 would build the second set in Léogâne.


1. Fédération des Caisses (national)

2. Fonkoze (national)(story)

3. Konsèy Nasyonal Finansman Popilè (national)

4. Zafèn (national)(story)

My old friend Katleen Félix, Diaspora representative for the Haitian microfinance institution Fonkoze and leader of the sustainable economic development effort Zafèn, shared with me:

I learned from Father Joseph, founder of Fonkoze, that the 15 years of success of the organization is based on five founding principles: "1) Women constitute the backbone of the economy of Haiti. 2) You can't just give a woman a loan and then send her on her way - you have to accompany her as she struggles her way out of poverty. 3) All Haitians deserve a chance to participate in the development of their country. 4) A political democracy cannot survive without an economic democracy. 5) Nothing in Haiti can be effective without the endorsement and support of the Haitians living in the Diaspora, for it is those Haitians who keep the economy of Haiti afloat through the remittances they send home."

For me, the Haitian Diaspora and the Haitian Hometown Associations (HHTAs) are often the forgotten link of the development equation. They also have important support and economic development projects in Haiti's rural areas. Fonkoze recognized that link since its founding and has been facilitating transfers for more than ten years at a very low price through its network of 43 branches around the country.

Over the last four years Fonkoze, with the support of IDB and IFAD, has opened an active dialogue with the leaders of the Haitian Diaspora. Zafèn is the result of this dialogue, after the video conference on financial training of trainers of April 2009, we followed up with some recommendations made after the simultaneous workshops in Boston, Miami, New York, and Port-au-Prince.

One of the recommendations was to have Fonkoze to identify productive projects and business in the regions that Diaspora could invest in. Fonkoze, the Vincentian Family, DePaul University, and the Haitian Hometown Associations Resource Group have developed Zafen to facilitate participation of the Haitian Diaspora and friends of Haiti in sustainable projects and Small and Medium Enterprises in rural Haiti.

We have already identified HHTAs doing great work in various parts of the country with grassroots organizations. Since April, we have found more than $200,000 in loans for SMEs and social projects in rural Area. Of course, our focus is not only the Diaspora link. We are looking for small and medium around social enterprises the country that are creditworthy and are potentially sustainable.

The idea is to support jobs creation and return to our communities to stimulate economic growth in rural areas. The Haitian Diaspora has been trying with their personal resources to do just that for years. With Zafèn, we are giving them a tool to strengthen their efforts for their region of origin and find financial or non-financial support of friends of Haiti through their journey.

U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Merten with Secretary of State Clinton and entourage.

I asked U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Kenneth Merten, who studied French from my father, to comment on our coalition. The Ambassador told me via e-mail:

As I have seen over the course of twenty-three years of involvement in Haiti, the Haitian people have achieved much in the face of many challenges, including coups, an embargo, and natural disasters.

And while the needs remain great, activities from NGO and other private actors, coordinated with the Haitian government and civil society, can complement the efforts of donor nations and multilateral organizations to help the Haitian people realize their dream of a more prosperous future.

Yéle Haiti provides fresh vegetables every week to approximately 1,000 children

in orphanages throughout Port-au-Prince and nearby Kenscoff. The vegetables are

grown by peasant farmers who are part of the 6,000-member farming cooperative

that is supported by a grant from Yéle. Photo credit: Yéle Haiti / Sebastian Petion.

U.S. Foundation Support

1. James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (New York)

2. Rotary International (Chicago)

3. We Can't Have That Foundation (New York)

I am thankful to the thought leaders, global citizens, and organizations helping Haiti such as Wyclef Jean, Anne Hastings of Fonkoze, and former first lady Mirlande Manigat. Given the economy and donor fatigue, every organization needs funding. However, I personally would rather fund an organization where I can see the impact of my gift. As the year-end approaches and we struggle with charitable contributions and holiday gifts, keep in mind that big is not necessarily better. Haiti needs hope -- and so many private initiatives doing so much could do even more -- with your support. There is so much hope for Haiti. Let's fund it.

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HG Lissade 10 minutes ago (10:46 PM) 0 Fans Follow

It’s heart warming that all of these NGO’s want to help the Haitian people. At this point in time they need all of the help they can get. But what is the exit plan for the NGO’s? Haiti has the most active number of NGO’s of any country in the world. NGO’s are a big business and the current state of Haiti helps sustain their structure. The vision should be a country where the Haitian people can take care of themselves­, free of NGO’s. At least that’s our vision at Haiti Engineerin­g. Otherwise the NGO’s will be in Haiti a hundred years from now and the people of Haiti will be no better off.



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