Welcome to Mangoes and Lemonade,
Purpose: To share information and resources that can help the people of Haiti, while serving as a reference place for those who are interested in getting involved or staying informed as Haiti progresses.
Inspiration: Love and a desire to see positive change in the lives of those less fortunate is the inspiration for this site. It is named “Mangoes and Lemonade” because these are symbols of prosperity that represent “A Brighter Future for Haiti.”
Mangoes: Haiti grows the best mangoes in the world! The Mango industry plays an important role in Haiti’s export economy and the fruit is an important source of nutrition for rural families or “moun andeyo”. ( meaning “people outside” in Haitian Creole)
Lemonade: It is often said “when life give us lemons, we should make lemonade.”
While thinking about Haiti, this quote often comes to mind. The people remain resilient, faithful and proud despite the social, economic, political and environmental challenges they face. Metaphorically they have learned to “make lemonade” out of the lemons that they have been given.
In reality the people are suffering. The majority lack access to education, food, clean water and adequate shelter.
Ingredients (needed to “Make Lemonade” ): Lemons, sugar, and water.
Lemons grow on trees, sugar is derived from various plant sources and clean water systems are supported by a healthy environment.
Unregulated agricultural practices, over population, and the need for charcoal has led to severe deforestation in Haiti. People need trees, vegetation and clean water to “make lemonade.” This is just an example of how the people in Haiti are managing to live life, making something out of nothing.
Making lemonade out of life lemons, without having the ingredients or privilege to actually do so.
When everyone in Haiti has the option to freely eat Mangoes and drink Lemonade that will be an immeasurable blessing!
“Mangoes and Lemonade”
Words of Wisdom:
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss