Understanding the 1989 Decree that binds Nonprofit Organizations in Haiti (Part One)

How are nonprofits recognized in Haiti? To understand the decree which was written September 14, 1989, for nonprofit organizations, we must dissect the statute. To begin, in 1989 Haiti was under a  Human Rights Watch and Prosper Avril took office. I strongly believe that the decree needs to be reformed due to the fact that this sector has evolved over the past twenty-eight years. Most recently, 257 nonprofits were given noticed to comply with the Haitian government thanks to Article 32 or risk being banned from operating in Haiti.  Continue reading “Understanding the 1989 Decree that binds Nonprofit Organizations in Haiti (Part One)”

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Loading Haitian Diaspora

Historically, the relationship between the Haitian diaspora and the Haitian government has been filled with difficulties and suspicion. Given the country’s high political instability, the diaspora has largely refrained from employing its much-needed skills in Haiti. The Ministry of Haitians Living Abroad wants skill laborers to move back to Haiti. However, the government has passed laws against the Haitian diaspora such as the 10,000 gourdes Tax as well as the LGBT community that exists within our community. So how is the Haitian government trying to work with the Haitian diaspora?

What will make you (A Haitian Diaspora) move back to Haiti? 

Revolt! The Haitian Government is Failing Its Youth

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”

They’ve Got What We Want, and We’ve Got What They Need

In pressing news, China is planning to  invest $4.711 billion in development project advances for Haiti; however,  the contract has not been signed.

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.

Continue reading “They’ve Got What We Want, and We’ve Got What They Need”

Nonprofit 509

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”

A Story Best Told by a Ti-machann

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”

Haiti Like You Give A Damn

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 Went Flying With My Bike Last Weekend

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.