Early Haiti Rains Bring Risk of Bleak Cholera Season

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PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – Haitian officials are reporting a spike in cholera cases late last year and carrying over into the first three months of 2015 as an early start to the rainy season has public health workers worried.
As of March 28, the Haitian Ministry of Health confirmed at least 11,721 cases of cholera, more than a 300 percent increase from the same period last year.

OP-ED: Embracing Haiti’s Connection To Vodou

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The word “Vodoun” or Vodou has always had a negative connotation for me. As a boy I was taught to fear the word. I would never speak about it aloud. I felt it was shameful. Ask a Haitians about Vodou and you get a sense that the person wants to run for the hills. We’ve been taught to fear “Hougan” and “Manbo”. They’re seen as sorcerers who deal in the occult and “black magic” for their own personal gain.

I’ve always wondered why?

We Haitians wish to disassociate ourselves from that word. We feverishly make the “sign of the cross” – we raise our hands to the sky in praise of the Lord – and beg Him to save us.

Haiti Membership in the UN and OAS is Harming its Interests

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The Seventh Summit of the Americas, which took place in Panama City, Panama, on April 10-11, was as expected a photo op session that failed to tackle the most pressing issues affecting the least influential countries in the hemisphere — Haiti in particular. Apparently Duly Brutus, the Haitian foreign minister, was not forceful enough in making the case for the inclusion of the plight of Haitian citizens and their offerings living in the Dominican Republic (DR) on the agenda. What would it take for the United Nations (UN) and Organization of the American States (OAS) to finally admit that this systemic violence targeting Haitians in the DR violates the basic norms of decency and international law?

Haiti’s Martelly Plays to the Tune of His Own Drummer

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By Garry Pierre-Pierre

Shortly after taking office, Michel Martelly came up with a plan to levy a tax on money transfers and international calls flowing into the cash strapped, politically troubled nation. The tax ostensibly was to create a fund to provide universal elementary education to millions of impoverished children.

While the government has been collecting this money – to the consternation of many Haitian Americans- parliament has never voted on the measure, let alone approved it into law.

Those are the type of details that President Martelly and his administration seem to elude or they never bothered with in most of their actions, however well intended. This is no small matter because despite its dysfunction, Haiti does have a parliament and the administration has been collecting the money illegally.

Women Who Inspire Women

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Dlo Pou Viv, an international relief organization in Haiti, commemorated the end of Women’s History Month with a luncheon celebrating women success stories.

Women Who Inspire Women (WWIW) is a New York-based collective of established female entrepreneurs, executives, politicians, philanthropists and professionals.

Attendees received branding and networking tips, as well as, legal advice specific to the entertainment industry.

 

 

 

Hatching an Egg in Haiti: One Egg Haiti Project

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By Tadia Toussaint

Unemployment and famine are arguably two of the leading forces behind Haiti’s impoverished state, but who knew One Egg could be a solution?image1

“There are so many kids in Haiti going to school on an empty stomach and sometimes eventually dropping out,” said Marie-Alan Aladin, chapter director of the One Egg project in Haiti.

4 Emerging Startups of Haitian Influence You Should Know

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By Daniella Bien-Aime

Have you heard?

A Marriott has opened in Port-au-Prince and a Hilton isn’t far behind.

Announcements like this mark a change in Haiti’s business landscape that the Haitian Diaspora should be happy about. In the last few years, some of the bold business-minded members of the diaspora have taken matters into their own hands and started their own businesses.

These entrepreneurs understand that business creation is the best route to economic self-sustainability for the country. It is exciting to discover and report on these emerging businesses. As you look at the list you might say, well it’s only four businesses, but as these businesses succeed they will inspire others. Remember that, seven years ago, these business opportunities did not even exist, much less have an upscale supermarket carrying a product made in Haiti. The products from these companies are either created in Haiti or use materials from Haiti.

Haitian Roundtable Brings In 2015 Members of “1804 List”

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On Mar. 21, the Haitian Roundatable presented its third edition of the 1804 List “to recognize those who have demonstrated outstanding acts of service, innovators within their profession, and the rising stars who have made significant contributions in the United States, Haiti and beyond.” Thirty Haitian American professionals and leaders were honored at the awards ceremony that took place at the Florence Gould Hall in Manhattan. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Mona Scott-Young and Dr. Jeff Gardere.