Updates

Celebrations and Recognitions

 

Language instruction is an integral part of life at LCS, and the language proficiency they gain helps our graduates earn university degrees and procure employment in Haiti. Congratulations to the speaker of the week for enthusiasm and efforts to speak all four languages taught and spoken at the school---English, Spanish, French and Kreyol. 

I want to thank Jeannie Bowker as well as Colby Bowker for having the courage to provide a forum discussion at Northeastern University School of Law on Monday.  It was a good opportunity to get the message out, along with the other panel participants, in a very constructive and clear manner that the work has not been through the government and existing structures in a manner that would encourage local pride and confidence. Inadvertently, more than by design, I am sure, NGO’s have discounted Haiti’s government and it is important now that NGOs discipline themselves to work through the government. It is also important to be very attentive to the opportunities that arise to stimulate and improve the economy of Haiti.  Going around the local market may be more immediately efficient, but in the long run it undermines the institutions and the sustainability of the country. 

Great Starts and Good Finishes

 

 

Thanks to the tremendous support of the THP community, we have been able to start two more houses--these are number 8 and number 9. Each build provides security for a family, adds stability to the country and provides employment for workers, skilled and unskilled, who are eager to support their own families. Success of the Renovation Campaign guarantees that we will be able to do at least another 3 houses--that is on top of the 6 or 7 more that will be built from the remaining Relief dollars you provided in response to the earthquake.

On Shovels and Wheelbarrows

   

As I have read the stories on Haiti of late forwarded by members of the community, I have been thinking a lot about why we [Haiti] cannot seem to break clear of the 'disaster' and 'grim' and 'no progress' thematic.  It seems that all the journalist can find is negative news about 'held up money' and 'no progress'.  Certainly, Haiti, as it has been for some time, is in tough straights; but, the picture from the street is quite a lot more optimistic than the majority of what is being written.

Be assured: we are making progress. And, so are many others in Haiti.

To pick a concrete example [pun intended, unfortunately]: reports are that only 2% of rubble has been removed.  The US Catholic Bishops Conference reports 25%. 

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