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Feb 21, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 2

Jacmel’s Carnival Heats Up

Arcade Fire is heading to Haiti to lead the festivities

Grammy Award winning band Arcade Fire is heading to Haiti in March to perform at the Jakmel Jou Bare’n Festival, part of the town’s extremely popular carnival.  Kanaval Jakmel will kickoff the nation’s annual Carnival celebrations, which mark the beginning of the Christian season of Lent and resemble some of the festivities of New Orleans’s […]

Feb 17, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

No Home to Call Their Own?

Haitians living in the Dominican Republic may soon become stateless

Haiti’s National Identification Office will kick off a project next month to register Haitian migrants living abroad without official documentation.  The $2.5 million effort is a response to a recent decision by the neighboring Dominican Republic to revoke citizenship of anyone living in the country of Haitian descent.  This ruling has been met with widespread […]

Feb 17, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Meeting of Presidents

Presidents Martelly and Obama meeting in the Oval Office

Thursday, February 6th marked the first official meeting between Haitian President Michel Martelly and U. S. President Barack Obama.  Discussing the Caribbean nation’s recovery from the 2010 earthquake, security issues throughout Hispaniola, and a desire to strengthen Haiti’s democratic government, the two met in the Oval Office with an assembly of journalists.  President Obama praised […]

Feb 17, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Sweet Treat for Haitian Farmers

Haitian vanilla beans will soon be found in ice cream cones throughout Baltimore

Global Ties U.S., a non-profit associated with the U.S. State Department, recently rewarded a group of unlikely partners across the United States the Citizen Diplomat Award in recognition of the team’s efforts to bring new agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities to Haiti.  Consisting of a mother-daughter team from Alabama, a Haitian artist, and an ice cream […]

Jan 29, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Physical Education and the Call to Citizenship

President Martelly celebrating with some of the new instructors

In October, the Ministry of Youth, Sports, and Civic Action certified 750 new sports and physical education instructors.  Part of a sixty hour training program known as Contract for the Future, the certification ceremony was attended by several high ranking government officials, including President Michel Martelly.  According to the Minister of Sports, the 750 instructors […]

Jan 29, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Supporting Women Empowerment and Education through Art

Singer Emiline Michel and painter Patrick Noze

The Southeast Chapter of the Alumnae Association of College Marie-Anne recently held its second annual Enchanted Winter Gala in Winter Park, Florida benefiting the Roman Catholic school in Port-au-Prince.  This year’s event included entertainment from Haitian singer Emiline Michel, painter Patrick Noze, and poet Zazou and was centered around the theme of “Women Empowerment.”  The […]

Jan 29, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Dr. Paul Farmer on the Dramatic Benefits of Community-Based Health Care

Dr. Farmer discussing his attempts to reform health care in Haiti

Dr. Paul Farmer is no stranger to the health issues many Haitians face everyday.  One of the co-founders of the non-profit health care organization Partners in Health, Dr. Farmer helped build the PIH hospital in Cange, Haiti and has supported both international and local attempts to improve the country’s health care, economy, education system, and […]

Jan 29, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

The Past, Present, and Future of Haitian Women

Women in Haiti represent the nation's true perseverance, bravery, and strength

Gender inequality is not a new issue in Haiti or around the world, but the push to confront and solve these issues is arguably stronger than ever.  Though the earthquake of 2010 led to the deaths of some of Haiti’s most vocal advocates for women’s rights, Haitian and international groups have since doubled their efforts […]

Jan 29, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Homeward Bound

Haitians abroad returning home during Impact Week 2013

Hoping to bring Haitians living abroad back to their homeland, the organization My Haiti Travels hosted its second annual Impact Week Haiti this January. According to Dina Simon, founder of My Haiti Travels, the event provides Haitians around the world a chance to see the country’s cultural roots and natural beauty, an inspiring side of […]

Jan 28, 2014 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Haiti: A Center for Bioscience?

Ilio Durandis and the Haitian Bioscience Initiative (HBI) hope to bring employment and education to Haiti

Working alongside universities both inside Haiti and around the world, the Haitian Bioscience Initiative (HBI) hopes to bring unprecedented scientific opportunities to the Caribbean nation.  According to the minds behind the HBI, Haiti has the natural resources necessary to make the country an epicenter for the biotechnology industry.  Of course, resources alone will not draw […]