Been reading Amy Wilentz’s ‘Farewell, Fred Voodoo’ on life in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. If you’d like to immerse yourself in Haitian communities and their legendary resilience, this is the avenue – and the agony and the ecstasy.
There’s an openness to new ideas in our communities there that consistently inspires. We’ve introduced a full plate of programs to some of Haiti’s most neglected communities – schooling, adult literacy, adult vocational training, orphan reunification, computer labs and training, English classes, dance, chorale, yoga, meditation – many of which were utterly foreign to our participants at the onset. Nevertheless these programs have been met with energy and enthusiasm and, today, years later, they continue to thrive. This is what keeps us wanting more for our participants.
Self-reliance – one community at a time.