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Archive for August, 2011

Commentary: Who’s a hero? Haitians can help themselves, too

A prime grievance with non-governmental orgs and international aid is that, however well-intentioned, prolonged assistance can cripple, rather than strengthen the ability of Haitians to take  more ownership and leadership of their livelihood, communities, and future direction.

Ella TurenneActivist, educator, and HuffPost Contributor, Ella Turenne discusses the role of NGOs in the reconstruction of Haiti, and the necessity for visible, ‘homegrown’ heroes.


Rebuilding Haiti… insights from Chile

Residents watch as a bulldozer razes a destroyed building.(Reuters)

Could lessons from Chile’s rebuilding efforts help Haiti?

Last Thursday, President Martelly traveled to 90 km south of Santiago to inquire about the Chilean experience in reconstruction, he visited several housing projects for victims of the earthquake of February 27, 2010 in Chile, which caused more than $30 billion of losses…. keep reading here.

Haiti Emergency Preparedness in the Storm

Haitian officials are ‘thrilled’ on Saturday after the passing of a tempest; an event that usually costs dozens of lives but was well prepared for and fatalities minimized.

The Associated Press reported only 1 death inHaiti and 3 in theDominican Republic after the passing of Tropical Storm Emily.

Story here

Tropical Storm Emily on Path toward Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Tropical Storm Emily brushed past Puerto Rico and headed Wednesday toward the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where more than 630,000 people are still without shelter after last year’s earthquake.


Dr. Paul Farmer: “Transient interest” undercuts healthcare reform in Haiti

 Since co-founding Partners in Health (PIH) in the central Haitian town of Cange nearly 25 years ago, Dr. Paul Farmer has worked with Haitians to deliver medical care to underserved communities. As PIH enters a new era of collaboration in providing basic care while expanding opportunities available to Haitians, Farmer grapples with the significant challenges of health care reform in post-quake Haiti – among these the steady prevalence of cholera and waning public attention to Haiti’s arduous recovery.

For Farmer, appointed U.N. deputy special envoy to Haiti in 2009, his work in the county is an ongoing commitment, although he has recently expressed a dismal outlook on Haiti’s recovery. As construction progresses at the central Haiti site of PIH’s hospital in Mirebalais, Dr. Farmer looks forward to the facility’s opening within two years of the quake.

Click to hear Dr. Farmer discuss the subject and title of his new book: “Haiti After the Earthquake”  (NPR)

National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Journalist of the Year, Jacqueline Charles

   On Saturday, August 6, the National Association of Black Journalists awarded Miami Herald’s Caribbean Correspondent, Jacquie Charles as Journalist of the Year.

Charles, a Haitian-Turks Islander, received this distinction in great part for her extensive coverage of Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. The Salute to Excellence Gala will celebrate Charles and other journalism honorees during NABJ’s 36th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Philadelphia, PA.

Since joining the Miami Herald in 1986 as a high school intern, Jacquie Charles completed studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, became a career journalist, and earned her chops in international reporting as she covered the return of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Over the years she has reported on stories in Haiti and other island nations to foster awareness and change, all while mentoring young and aspiring journalists.

“Jacquie tells stories that are often overlooked,” said NABJ President Kathy Y. Times of Charles. “As a Miami native, I appreciate her commitment to enlightening the local community and a global audience. Jacquie’s work embodies NABJ’s mission, heart, and soul.”

“Jacquie has done more to focus the world’s attention on the tragedies and triumphs of Haiti than any other reporter, sometimes at great personal risks,” said John Yearwood, World Editor of the Miami Herald and co-chair of the NABJ World Affairs Task Force along with Djibril Diallo, which nominated Charles for the honor. “Haitians tell me all the time that they owe her a debt of gratitude. This recognition is well-deserved.”