Haiti has a 21.35 percent inhabitants that are youths (between the ages of 15-24). With an unemployment rate of 40.60 percent; the youth today are trying to make their own paths with a government that does not support nor provides to their needs for growth. To immigrate to a new country after completing their education and obtaining a degree in law, medicine, or other, will not qualify them for a job within that sector outside of Haiti. It’s like starting from square one. Most youth today are trying to survive by getting their foot in the door of a musical production/stardom of fame, politics, or the family business if they are lucky. Again, allow me to say this loud and clear, Haiti’s politicians are not thinking about the NEEDS of the youth. Factory jobs are not what the youth need!! Continue reading “Revolt! The Haitian Government is Failing Its Youth”
Let’s hold our excitement for a minute and ask some pressing questions. We can’t deny that China has been on the road to become a global economic powerhouse, with its investments in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. China is in Africa for oil, gold, iron ore, copper and other natural resources, but to say that the average African is not benefiting in some ways is false. China’s human rights record is less than commendable, and their implicit support for Africa’s corrupt leaders and its partnership with countries such as Sudan have led to genocide.
Dear individual who is going to create a nonprofit in Haiti to combat a worthy cause.
Pssst…have a seat, have several seats to be exact. Take some notes or even a shot of rum to help you out with this. First, congratulation pat yourself on the back because you have a heart and you want to see a change in Haiti. Second, take that well-manicured hand of yours and slap some senses into your brain. This is not meant to send you running for the hills or to have you roll your eyes and say she’s just hating. Let me be frank, did you do your research? I understand there are malnutrition children that NEED your organization, underprivileged students that NEED your free school supplies, the list will go on. Haiti has a lot of needs. Before you move any further ask yourself these questions: Continue reading “Nonprofit 509”
What should the communities in Haiti expect from international nonprofits?
We pose these questions hoping to start a conversation. Are international nonprofits operating in Haiti accountable for the lack of transparency or their failed projects and lack of understanding who they serve?
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The informal sector consists of various jobs that are not legally registered with the government, but our study will focus on the street vendors in Haiti, more particularly in Cap Haitien. A Ti-machann (street vendor) is a micro-entrepreneur in the street market, who makes money every day by selling several goods, including foods, clothes, everyday necessities, etc. This sector has not been recognized, nor structured by the states, even with its powerful contribution to Haitian economy. As a result, they face many issues, such as losing their merchandise, having no access to credit to grow their businesses, and often, they are forced to sell in places that affect their health and wellbeing. With no access to an adequate health care system, anecdotal evidence suggests that many vendors and their families fall ill. Informal settlements are generated by street vendors, and they are those who have migrated to the cities to escape poverty, but they have found themselves trapped in poverty due to the odds set forth before them. Street vending is widely practiced in Haiti due to the lack of opportunities; nevertheless, it is considered as the heart of the Haitian economy. How can the Haitian government facilitate the growth of the “Ti-Machanns” sector, and allow them to contribute more to the formal economy? Continue reading “A Story Best Told by a Ti-machann”
It’s Hurricane Season!!!
From June to November every year Haiti goes through another hurricane that displaces many families, destroys livestock, and has the international community “praying for Haiti.” Basic fact, Haiti does not have flood insurance to help those who have lost their homes or variables nor do they have a mitigated plan for natural disasters. With the rise of informality in major cities in Haiti; shanty towns are on the rise. “The migration of these Haitians was mainly generated by the fragility of the Haitian state and its consequent inability to secure its citizens’ basic subsistence needs, a reality which is always aggravated by natural disasters that, in that sense, act as a trigger—and not as the main driver—for the displacement.” In highly congested cities, this displacement thus contributes to an increase in crime and an increase of youth unemployment without any essential services and infrastructure that leave cities vulnerable to extreme natural disasters, water contaminations, and health hazards. Continue reading “Haiti Like You Give A Damn”
I became a wounded ninja that had to pedal her way down a hill and avoid ramming into a kid that was not supposed to be in the bike lane. I can hear the words coming out of my mouth in slow motion, shit, I’m dead! Head first, bike in the air and literary cartwheeled with the bicycle. The sound of branches flying, the sun flashing before my eyes, then my bum hit the pavement. I heard a scream; I’m fine I thought, then that warm liquid started to fall. Blood! She screamed then I laughed. Do I panic or keep calm so that everyone around me doesn’t freak out? You’ve guessed it, I was all smiles after being discharged from the hospital and cried like a baby the minute I closed my apartment door.
Mental rest, what do you mean I need mental rest?
Well, you have a mild concussion and need to have some mental rest. Staring at computer screens for too long will cause you to have more headaches, blurred vision, and dizziness.
With having healthcare, I contemplated my health and the bill that will be mailed to my apartment pretty soon. Medical bills will be the death of me.
I am stuck working in an industry that I loathe. The people are from the pits of hell; the work is overwhelming, thanks to unproductive and lazy colleagues. Every morning, I find myself day-in and day-out suffocating, wanting to change the Haiti that the public seems to know. Like many who want a new future for Haiti, we decide to work for a Haitian nonprofit that is already recognized as a 501c3 in the United States (or Europe) or work for the Haitian government, but we all know that is pointless and useless. You can work for an American 501C3 organization that will pay you hefty to work in Haiti, but what impact will you actually be making? You can decide to take the hard route and create your own nonprofit; hire a lawyer who specializes in nonprofits or spare a couple hours of your time to incorporate the nonprofit, build a board of directors, obtain an employer ID number, and more, if you catch the drift. What about Haiti? Are these nonprofits registering in Haiti? The Haitian government does not have a concrete database or know the exact number of NGOs operating in Haiti because these NGOs does not follow the code of ethics outside the United States. As having a master’s in Nonprofit Management, I have been told countless times that if I wish to operate in a different country, I will have to also register with that country’s government. However, this is not done in Haiti. In my opinion, this seems to be the easiest route anyone can take. Continue reading “My Journey to Establish a Nonprofit In Haiti”
So it has come to this, laying on this bed all alone on this cold winter night. I wonder why you’re like this? It’s not weird to play with me, and you’ll enjoy it more than I will. Okay, that’s a lie; I will enjoy it more than you. What can be more fun than lying on this bed staring at the ceiling; I have a better idea, but hey, you would say no. But in the meantime let me torture you a bit going down memory lane. Our lovers weren’t that bad; some a bit selfish, some too big and some are way too small, a big disappointment that can only last less than two minutes. How did it come to this? Five months of drought, I laugh because I have lasted more than a year before and now I can’t go on. Oh, the agony! Continue reading “The Unfortunate Vagina”