This is a land so vibrant and alive that laughter will come bursting through as imperious as the sun and the spirit will survive resilient as the soil. – Dennis Brutus, 1978, “Love; the Struggle” This poem so aptly describes Haiti. We are in a new year now, we have commemorated the 4th…Read More
Before I came to Haiti, I only knew poinsettias growing in a pot. Here in Haiti they get over six feet tall and they always bloom in December. No wonder we adopted them as Christmas flowers. While I am enjoying myself in cold and wintry Chicago, I think about why I am in Haiti. And…Read More
The Haitian concept of life is essentially religious. Haitians tend to see the world as a vast spiritual arena. For them life is precious. They celebrate life and preserve it.Here there is no room for a purely naturalistic or physical notion of illness. So doing psychology here is quite different than in the States. The…Read More
“Good things don’t get lost.” Barbara Kingsolver For all the years I have been in Haiti, I have been wanting to visit the Citadel. I heard so much a bout it, and was finally able to make it up North to Cap Haitian and Milot to fulfill this dream of mine. Haiti is such a small…Read More
Beautiful view from the Benedictine Monastery north of Port au Prince. Whenever things get too chaotic, which they often will, I retreat to the Benedictine Monastery, the only monastic community in Haiti. The hospitality of the monks, the periods of silence, and the natural, stark beauty of the mountains calms me, and at the same time…Read More
In Haiti, rumors abound. Therefore it is near impossible to get a good handle on what is happening in the country, and especially in the government. There are a few hopeful signs, but others are not. Some programs that the government takes pride in appear good at first glance, but when analyzed more closely, one…Read More
Last week I fulfilled a long- standing wish by visiting Abriko and the work of Patrick and Mica Deverteuil. They have a large foundation which sponsors 12 schools, an atelier for the transformation of fruits, and also a women’s cooperative which makes table cloths, bedspreads and other beautiful handicrafts. What struck me most about that…Read More
Time flies, and I am not keeping up this blog the way I have wanted to. But there are times when I am just forced to write. Yesterday was such a day. We spent it out in the countryside to visit our housing project and our microcredit group in Latiboliere. As always, those days are…Read More
Meditation in Jeremie Haiti never ceases to capture my heart… Sunday afternoon in a small rundown church in the middle of the noisy market in Jeremie, with vendors selling their wares yelling out the prices, carnival music wafting in from outside, but inside… 60 young people quietly listening to a presentation on meditation, and then, oh so gently, practicing…Read More
The Haitians have experienced multiple natural disasters as well as government situations that hinder economic progress and threaten their wellbeing in a variety of ways.
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