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Jun 21, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Senator bashes Red Cross for lack of transparency with Haiti funds

Where are Red Cross donations for Haiti going?   (Talia Frenkel/AFP/Getty Images)

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa released a 309-page report criticizing the American Red Cross’s use of donations to help people in Haiti affected by the 2010 earthquake. He found that the Red Cross spent $125m of the money given to the aid body for work in Haiti on fundraising, management, and other costs. The bulk […]

Jun 16, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Privert Caught in a Web of Political Uncertainty

Jocelerme Privert after becoming Haiti's interim president on February 14, 2016.

Haiti’s National Assembly began discussions on Tuesday as to whether to prolong  Jocelerme Privert’s presidency until the country’s interrupted elections are completed early next year. This is despite the fact that a February 5 political agreement stipulated that Privert’s transitional government would be obliged to step down no later than June 14. In the midst […]

Jun 16, 2016 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

The Soccer Ball Symbolizes Hope and Resilience

In August of 2010, a mere few months after a devastating 2010 earthquake, hundreds of children in Bainet and surrounding districts gathered for the the Hope for Haiti Foundation’s “Haiti Rebirth Soccer Tournament” or “Tournoi de Renaissance.” (2012.Hope for Haiti. Web. 8 June. 2016).

On January 8, 2016, Haiti’s national soccer team faced Brazil in Group B of the prestigious Copa America 2016 tournament. With the “Grenadiers” peak international performance occurring in the country’s lone World Cup appearance in 1974, when the team managed to score a goal in a 3-1 loss against Italy, the likelihood that the team […]

Jun 16, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Cholera’s Comeback?

After months of battling cholera, Haiti received a slight reprieve in the epidemic last year.  While the country averaged 30,000 new cases each month in 2011, the number fell to 1,000 cases per month in 1,000.  However, this year has seen a significant increase in cholera cases, with around 1,000 new people contracting the virus […]

Jun 16, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Red Crosshairs

The American Red Cross is at the center of the Haitian recovery effort's latest controversy

A recent report by NPR and ProPublica is raising serious questions about the work of the American Red Cross in Haiti over the last five years.  The report claims that the Red Cross has only built six permanent houses in Haiti, despite having received nearly $500 million in donations and promising to develop stable housing […]

Jun 16, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Medical Marvel

Marian and Michelle Dave-Nouche can now enjoy some personal space

For the first time in the country’s history, conjoined twins have been successfully separated on Haitian soil.  Last month, Dr. Henri Ford surgically separated a pair of 6 year old girls who had been connected at their abdomens.  The operation took seven hours to complete but proceeded without any major complications.  Dr. Ford was originally […]

May 18, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Star Power

The famous singer documented her trip on Instagram

The weekend before Haitian Flag Day, music idol Beyonce visited Haiti to check on the recovery efforts since the 2010 earthquake.  Beyonce made the trip with the United Nations’ humanitarian affairs chief and emergency relief coordinator, Valerie Amos.  The two met with several individuals affected by the earthquake, doctors, and community members before passing out […]

May 18, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

A Taste of Haiti

Arcade Fire hopes to set Montreal's restaurant scene ablaze

The band Arcade Fire has had a special relationship with Haiti for several years, including a performance during Carnival and the incorporation of traditional Haitian music in their 2013 album.  Now the band is attempting to bring Haitian cuisine to new consumers.  With help from a pair of Toronto restaurateurs (Roland Jean and Jen Agg), […]

May 18, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Historic Visit

French President Francois Hollande made a rare trip to Haiti last week

The President of France, Francois Hollande, visited Haiti last week following centuries of bad blood between the countries.  Originally a French slave colony, Haiti was forced to reimburse France in 1825 for lost profits after the Caribbean nation achieved independence.  President Hollande expressed regret over the past and condemned France’s history with slavery, but he […]

May 3, 2015 · In Archives Haiti Today · 0

Award Season

Meet one of Haiti's foremost environmentalists

Jean Weiner, a marine biologist from Haiti, is the latest winner of the Goldman Environmental Foundation prize.  Weiner was given the prestigious award for his efforts to create Haiti’s first marine protected area in the bays of Limonade, Caracol and Fort LibertDe, which have been deeply affected by over-fishing.  He also worked to support sustainable […]