A Haiti Update from Lyssa

November 7, 2011 at 8:34 pm Leave a comment

 Dear Friends,

The following is a Haiti update from Lyssa Fils-Aime’ Hargrove, Managing Editor of the Haiti Now section of the blog ( HaitiNow1@gmail.com)

1.    Roots of Development, a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization that operates on the island of La Gonave, Haiti, recently held a graphic design competition.  Participants were asked to create an image that represents Haitian culture and Roots of Development’s philosophy for development.  Six winners from across the U.S. were awarded a combined $4,500 last Monday, October 31st, at the Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.  Haiti’s Ambassador to the U.S., His Excellency Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph, and other judges announced the awards in front of 200 attendees.  Roots’ Executive Director, Chad Bissonnette, spoke afterward and highlighted the Haitian proverb “Men anpil chay pa lou” or “Many hands make the load lighter.”  That proverb and a number of winning designs succinctly encapsulate Roots’ efforts toward broad and diverse participation in international development.  Toward the close of the night, a representative of Whole Foods Market announced that at least 20,000 reusable bags representing Roots of Development will be sold in Whole Foods Market stores throughout the Mid-Atlantic, helping Roots raise awareness by reaching out to countless people along the East Coast.  
 
To view the winning designs, CLICK WINNERS_of_2011_Design_Competition
 
2.    This Wednesday,, November 9th, a brief part of a new documentary chronicling the path of Mickey Martelly. to the presidency of Haiti will be shown at Howard University.
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3.    Dear Friends,
 
I’m on my way to Haiti (Leogane), on the Jimmy Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity. 
I was selected to help build 100 homes with President Jimmy carter along with 400 other Habitat volunteers  around the world in one week. 
 
As you may know, from the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Leogane had about 90% of city’s homes and buildings destroyed, including all government buildings. 
 
The goal is to serve 50,000 families in Haiti and helping pathway to permanence. Thus far Habitat has trained thousands of Haitians on construction and employed 700 Haitians in this effort to help rebuild their lives and the lives of others. In a nation with an unemployment rate of 60% job opportunities are. Crucial part of rebuilding. 
 
For more info visit: www.habitat.org/cwp/2011/default.aspx  
 
I currently sit on the board of Habitat for Humanity NYC as Chair of the Advocacy Committee, advocating on housing and homeownership issues on the federal, state and city level as well as supporting our international projects such as Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic, etc. with our tithings. 
 
We ask for your continuous prayers during this humbling endeavor. 
 
Blessings,
 
Rodneyse 
Rodneyse Bichotte 
Tikkun Olam Award Winner #1
 
4.    Dear Friends at the Haiti Jewish Refugee Legacy Project, 
 
The shul that one of my co-workers attends is hosting a fundraiser for Haiti on November 13th. The proceeds will go to two Jewish organizations working in Haiti: 
 
Promojac is a non-profit organization providing direct aid and support for education and health care to the people of Jacmel, Haiti, and Tevel B’Tzedek is an Israeli organization which came to Haiti after the earthquake and continues to provide direct health care and community services to Leogane, Haiti. 
 
Please see the flyer below and spread the word. 
 
Thanks,
 
Fabienne 
Fabienne Doucet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
NYU Steinhardt
Department of Teaching & Learning 

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