Post Archive

October 2010

Essays & Thoughts

Developing countries always seem to need more schools. Primary schools, secondary schools, trade schools, universities, you name it. With so much attention paid to this area, plenty of debates ensue about the best teaching models, the role of technology, fee-based vs free education, what languages should be taught, and so

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Essays & Thoughts

One thing that struck me last week was the lack of connectivity among NGOs in Haiti. Imagine a world where Microsoft was only vaguely familiar with Google, and Facebook and Twitter were completely aware of each others’ existence. That’s essentially what I experienced from spending time with various individuals and

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Travel updates

Just outside of St. Louis du Nord, there’s a pretty significant construction project going on. And by significant I mean they have a crane, blanc engineers, a fence around the site, and even a security guard. A big deal around here.  This is what the site looked like last week.

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Travel updates

Just heard gunfire for the first time in Port au Prince a few minutes ago. Not far at all from here, so good thing I’m safely inside the Haiti Outreach Ministry mission compound.

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Travel updates

When I arrived in Port au Prince, yesterday, I decided to take a taxi (an SUV) to a city called Fermathe, which is just south of the captial, to meet with a mission located there. The driver informed me that it would take 2.5 hours to get there, and 2.5

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Essays & Thoughts

You’ve most likely been reading about the Cholera outbreak in Haiti. The outbreak originated in an area called Artibonite, which was just south of where we had been staying in the Northwest Zone, and north of Port au Prince. Since we arrived in Port au Prince yesterday, I have learned

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Travel updates

On our 4 AM drive to the Port de Paix airport this morning, a wheel on one of our trucks fell off. I don’t know how else to explain it, but the entire wheel and tire literally just fell off the axle as we were traversing over what is termed

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Travel updates

With the printed photos from Thursday’s community workshop in hand, we returned to Bonneau this morning for the second round. After witnessing our driver nearly destroy the transmission in his ancient Toyota pickup yesterday, in a lengthy attempt to traverse a mud bog with 7 passengers in the bed, I

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Travel updates

The second part of Thursday was a sort of photo journalism exercise for the community. Chelina and Sabine came up with a list of questions, created three groups of about ten people, and then send them off to take pictures of the following in Bonneau: Places you like to be

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Travel updates

I really didn’t know what to expect today, as we had scheduled our first community workshop session. We arrived in classic Haitian fashion, nearly an hour late, but our tardiness did nothing to reduce the size of the crowd. In attendance were the mayor, a security guard (who made sure

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