So we found these flyers on the FB page of Haiti’s First Lady Sophia Martelly. This was a safe driving campaign, promoted during Haiti Kanaval 2012.
Back in November we did a spotlight (post) on the Yele Vert Program, since then we have kept up with the effort to plant “virtual” trees online to help support this program. We just want to take this moment to thank our online supports and commend all those who have taken the time to join and contribute towards this effort.
Deforestation is still a pressing issue in Haiti. Although is only an online effort, no act of kindness is too small to influence change. To date M&L has helped plant 81 REAL trees in Haiti via the Timberland Earth-keepers Virual Forest, and 4 Real trees via Social Vibe.com: all together that is 85 trees!
Note: This number does not included all of our FB friends that may have been influenced by awareness efforts to support this program as well. (Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like us to add your #of trees raised to our total tally. And 4 of the trees that we counted from SocialVibe can be seen on the left hand side of this page.
Full Episode: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided. (Full Video Link)
M&L would like to share with our viewers a glimpse into Haiti and the Domincan Republics History, with a focus on videos that touch on the history of both nations but primarily focuses on Haiti. The videos depict Haiti’s social relations with DR and the presence of the Haitian culture throughout Latin America.
All of the cultures represented in these videos are far more complex than the scope and focus of this post, but collectively we at M&L hope that these videos will give our readers a better understanding of some of the social issues that exists between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, and how the institutions of racism and classicism (both internal and external) have contributed to the systematic destruction of Haiti, a once thriving black republic.
(Note: Although most these videos discuss Haiti/DR there is one that discusses Haitian culture in Cuba). Please enjoy this very interesting collection of videos.
Port-au-prince, Haiti in the 1940′s
Haiti 1950 (le centre d’art)
Shades of the Boarder
Race and Racism in Latin America
Opinion Question: What is the role of the Haitian diaspora in Haiti’s recovery?
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What: Haiti Ideas Challenge: a two-stage Ideas Challenge, focusing on providing permanent solutions to the rebuilding of infrastructure, cities, neighborhoods and structures for residents of Haiti affected by the recent catastrophic natural disaster.
The Haiti Idea Challenge is about the long-term design of sustainable and the culturally appropriate prospective redevelopment of Haiti. While there is an immediate need for shelter, transitional housing and other social and infrastructural services, the Haiti Ideas Challenge is about designing for the future Haitian communities as permanent, holistic environments that speaks to the aspirations and advancement Continue reading
“We need a code of ethics with a national strategy”
(Video Credit: Ayiti Kale JE)
“For Dossier #4,Grassroots Watch took a look at cholera, water and “
1. Why has cholera hit the country so hard?
2. What is the real situation of water and sanitation?
3. How did things get this way?”
“Haiti Grassroot Watch is a partnership whose goal is to look more deeply at Haiti’s reconstruction”
This video is an on the ground view of cholera that takes a look at some of the more complex issues that are associated with the, such as access to clean water, the role of government and NGO’s.
In some cases patients with previous health conditions are not being treated. (According to this report) “Some infected people also have other conditions but some hospitals refuse them care.”, HIV/AIDS and other previous health conditions make it increasing difficult to fight against cholera. battling cholera face greater health issues. More often than not infants are or die during the pregnancy.
“A lot of NGOs are working on water and sanitation, but they aren’t coordinated, and they can’t replace the state”
“There are a lot of NGOs!” This report suggest that the effort of various NGO’s working in Haiti would be more effective if those efforts were being coordinated or monitored in someway. Their are too many NGO’s in Haiti, and some are believed to be doing “superficial, almost ‘folkloric’ projects.”
“We need a code of ethics with a national strategy”
Death Toll: 2,535
Total Affected: 114,497
Location: Cholera has spread to all 10 provinces of Haiti, some cases have been reported in the Dominican Republic and Florida, USA
Artibonite has been most affected by the cholera outbreak, with 807
How it began:
It is believed that the epidemic began with an imported strain of the disease that could be traced back to UN peacekeepers from Nepal.
“The body of 7-year-old Kevin Francois, who according to his mother died of cholera in route to the hospital, lies in the street covered as a man, pulls the body of his father-in-law to the cemetery after he found him dead of cholera in the street near his home in Cap Haitian, Haiti, Friday, Nov. 19, 2010. Thousands of people have been hospitalized for cholera across Haiti with symptoms including serious diarrhea, vomiting and fever and at least 1,100 people have died.”
Cases of Cholera have now been reported in every district of Haiti as well as in some areas of the Dominican Republic and Florida. The cholera outbreak in Haiti has infecting nearly 91,000 people claiming the lives of over 2,000, but will not be spread in DR or FL as both of these region s have better access to clean drinking water and medical facilities.
“Cholera is caused by a bacteria, Vibrio cholerae, which causes an infection of the intestine and produces a toxin that triggers watery diarrhea that can lead to dehydration and death. The disease has largely been eliminated in countries that have access to clean drinking water, but can spread rapidly in areas where people drink tainted water. An infected human can produce the bacteria in his feces for up to two weeks, even if they don’t show signs of illness.”
“The cholera epidemic has spread rapidly not only because of the poor health infrastructure and water sanitation in Haiti, but also because of some stark biological realities. Haiti hasn’t seen cholera in at least a century, leaving the population without immunity to the disease.”
“As of December 3, a total of 91,770 cases had been reported nationwide, and 43,243 (47.1%) patients had been hospitalized (Figure 1). The largest number of cases (42,596 [46.4%]) were reported from Artibonite Department, which comprises approximately 16% of the Haiti population (2) and is the department where cases were first laboratory-confirmed (Figure 2).”
Mangoes & Lemonade spotlights British Red Cross for their recent contributions to education and sanitation.
“The British Red Cross, in partnership with the Danish Red Cross, is supporting children in four communes in Les Cayes who are hosting people displaced by the earthquake.”
The Red Cross is paying the 2011 school fees for 8,000 children in Les Cayes, Haiti. Les Cayes is a southern district of Haiti that was not directly affected by the earthquake but has been flooded with new families displaced by the disaster.
Read the article: Haiti: Red Cross pays school fees for 8,000 children
“The British Red Cross project in Delmas 19, Port-au-Prince, is helping a community where the earthquake destroyed houses and drainage canals, rubble still blocks roads and alleyways and broken pipes spout water across the area.”
Haiti is in need of proper public sanitation and waste management.
“The sanitation facilities there were almost non-existent before the quake, and the destruction of what little there was has meant residents have turned to using broken pipes for washing and for their water supply, using open canals as toilets and rubbish dumps.”
With the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, poor sanitation conditions like this present an even greater danger. It truly is a matter of life and death.
The community involvement on this project is admirable. It is nice to see the people included in projects that are designed to uplift their community. This is a challenging task that will yield positive results, for the residents of Delmas 19.
“It is not only about providing alternative solutions to rubbish dumping, but also about changing mindsets. This is particularly important at a time when cholera is spreading across the city, and areas with little sanitation infrastructure are likely to be badly affected. Red Cross hygiene promotion volunteers are touring Delmas 19 spreading messages both about cholera prevention and safe and healthy waste disposal.”
Read the article: Haiti: volunteers clear canals and fight cholera