The tent city outside of Jacmel after the 2010 earthquake. Photo by Mike Goodman

Initial clearing and rebuilding interrupted the loss and sadness

During the back-to-back hurricanes of 2008, which killed 600 people, our nonprofit organization Yonn Ede Lot (YEL) worked to get food and seed to Lamontagne. We had limited success calling and writing to many organizations then involved with disaster relief. Their emphasis was on Gonaives, the fourth-largest city in Haiti, 90 miles northwest of Port-au-Prince, where significant destruction occurred

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J.O. Haselhoef is the author of “Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti.” She co-founded "Yonn Ede Lot" (One Helping Another), a nonprofit that partnered with volunteer groups in La Montagne ("Lamontay"), Haiti from 2007-2013. She writes and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.