As one of the co-founders of the Sustainable Haiti Coalition, I’ve been feeling guilty lately about how little time I’m able to spend on sustaining our initiatives in Haiti. The demands of the local situation, especially after Hurricane Sandy, and following several financially-disastrous years for many of us, have diminished the hope of leading a group of students on a study tour of Northern Haiti, and many other projects have fallen by the wayside.
There are some bright spots: we’ve supported the Partners Worldwide 100,000 Jobs initiative, which is gaining ground. MTB Ayiti, working with Travelcology, have pulled off the mountain biking event we first cooked up with them in 2011. We’ve also provide support to a group looking to help with growing more bamboo in Haiti, as we originally proposed in early 2012. But in practical terms we’re stymied, which is the problem for many cause-related efforts these days.
Now comes Amy Wilentz’ latest “Letter from Haiti,” in the January 28, 2013 issue of The Nation, and the picture remains bleak for the country. To begin with, there are still more than 350,000 people living in increasingly-squalid camps in an around Port-au-Prince. And the resettlement process itself was done in a way that caused animosity and in many cases inappropriate outcomes.
Moreover, of the money that has flowed into Haiti since the earthquake — of course merely a fraction of what was “promised” — much of it has gone into fundamentally misguided and poorly executed projects, such as the new luxury Royal Oasis hotel, the industrial park at Caracol, and the brand-new University of King Henri Christophe in Limonade. Read the rest of In-Depth Reporting from Haiti Brings More Disturbing News »
This event took place over January 30 to February 2, 2013; you can read more about it and view a video here. The Coalition was instrumental in working with Travelcology in the early stages of this event.
Please visit this page to keep in touch with the organizing team for the 2014 event.
Partnering with the Ministry of Tourism, MTB Ayiti promotes Haiti as the hottest new destination for adventure travel.
Port-au-Prince, January 28.- Mountain Bike Ayiti (MTBAyiti) presented by Pepsi Max, the first ever pro-am mountain bike stage race in Haiti, will take riders from Port-au-Prince to Marigot through some of the most stunning terrain in Haiti. In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Tourism, Travelcology aims to raise awareness for Haiti’s potential as an exciting ‘off the beaten path’ destination for mountain biking and adventure tourism. Read the rest of Haiti’s first ever pro-am mountain bike race viewed as a success »
Solar Power Advances in Haiti
December 9, 2012: NRG Energy, Inc. has announced the completion of its “The Sun Lights the Way” project in Haiti. The program entailed the installation of solar electric systems at 20 schools, a fish farm and a drip irrigation system supporting agricultural production throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau region, through collaboration with a non-profit organization called Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). This project helps to improve the quality of education for more than 6,000 Haitian students by providing the electricity needed to power lights, communication systems, laptop computers and other school equipment in remote areas of the country. The project received support from Trina Solar, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photo-voltaic (PV) products, which donated all of the solar panels installed on the schools. (Source: http://theenergycollective.com/dailyenergyreport/154656/solar-power-advances-haiti.)
We’re introducing a couple of new features designed to facilitate communication amongst Coalition members. The first is “Community-Submitted News,” which allows you to easily submit items for publication to the site. You don’t need to register or log in to do this; just go to the submission page and enter your content. (For more details, see this post, which was created using this feature.)
In addition, we’re adding a Community Portal — see this page for more details. This is still under development, so don’t expect much content — yet. But we invite you to add your content, including projects, interests, offers, and requests — and we’ll help publicize them here.
(If you tried to access this before August 10, 2012, please note that we have now substituted a Coalition Forum for the earlier “Elgg,” community, which didn’t seem to work very well. The new “Vanilla” Forum looks like a much easier vehicle for collaborative conversations. Please try it out. Thanks.)
Now there’s a simple way to submit your news items for publication to the site. You don’t need to register or log in to create an item like this.
Instead, just use the form at Community-Submitted News to post your news items.
We’ll make sure everything is okay before they’re posted to the front page like this.
This year’s Sustainable Haiti Conference promises to be an extraordinarily useful gathering of people and organizations — with tangible plans, access to investment funding, and innovative solutions to the challenges of rebuilding Haiti.
This 3rd annual conference will take place from April 23rd- April 25th, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We’ll be hosting a session on April 25, on Coalition Building for Sustainable Enterprise Development, and we invite you to join us for this — and take advantage of the resources, contacts, and opportunities present at the Conference, which is now a regular part of John Rosser’s remarkable Sustainatopia festival, which also includes an annual Impact Conference that attracts more than 600 social investors and entrepreneurs from around the world.
Rosser has partnered with the Haitian Diaspora Federation (HDF) to bring a focus on investments to this year’s conferences. For the first two days, the Haitian Diaspora Federation will present the 2012 Investment Forum: Pote Kole Pou Ayiti Dekole – a conversation about the necessity for sustained investments that create jobs.