Electricity in Haiti remains elusive to the average household. Those who do have power in their homes don’t count much on the government. Electricity comes from individuals installing generators, inverters and solar panels. For the most part, the state’s monopoly, Electricity of Haiti, better known by its French acronym EDH, provides four hours a day per neighborhood on a rolling basis. On a bad week, there isn’t any at all.
In his latest column, Garry Pierre-Pierre examines whether the political star is underestimating what it will take to turn the current unkempt business district that is now officially “Little Haiti” into a treasured tourist attraction and Haitian cultural mecca.
The Haitian Times organized Kreyolfest for 17 of its 19 years of existence. Again, I am sad to say that this year, we were left with no choice but to cancel this year’s event—perhaps forever. As of this writing, we have no plans of bringing it back. There simply isn’t enough support for such a large-scale event in New York.
A number of Haitians have made great political and professional strides in New York. However, does their success translate to a vibrant Haitian community?
In his latest column, Haitian Times publisher Garry Pierre-Pierre contrasts the individual success of those in the community with the overall strength of Haitians as a whole in New York, all the while questioning the efficacy of “self-proclaimed leaders” in the community.
There is a long tradition of Diaspora Haitians who throw themselves in the mix to help their country or community. There are plenty of examples where members of the Diaspora, motivated by altruism and a desire to make a difference, bring themselves down from their “celebrity” status to help the country, only to be demonized after being deified.
Armed security guards accompanying a tourist tour on an excursion last year through Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city . by Garry…