By Rebecca Obounou Myriam and I had the opportunity to attend the Haiti Renewal Alliance (HRA) Expo recently in Washington, D.C at the World Bank. It was a two-day conference focused on investment opportunities in Haiti and the other Caribbean countries. The conference provided plenty of opportunity for networking with key people at the center of all levels of investment in Haiti and other Caribbean nations. Among those in attendance were members of the World Bank, US and Haitian governments such as the USAID and Haiti’s Ministry of Finance, private sector funders such as Manchester Trade......
Written by Rebecca Obounou I had the opportunity to attend a small documentary screening at the Irish International Immigration Center (IIIC) in May for Haitian Heritage Month. This documentary was produced by Lindsay Day, a student at Northeastern University. The short film is informative. It talks of how the US mishandled its first real refugee crisis. Haitian’s fleeing political instability in Haiti from 1991-1994 arrived in the United States mostly in boats by the tens of thousands. The short documentary treats the US government’s management of this situation. Eventually, the refugees that were not deported to......
By Rebecca Obounou Recently during a conversation with a coach I shared the work that CHES is doing in Haiti. I also shared the challenges that we are encountering in attracting the right people to the work that we are doing. She asked me a great question that I realized that I’ve never really answer when I pitch what we do in CHES. I never really answer the question “Why Haiti?” when I answer “Why CHES?” “‘Why should anyone be interested in Haiti when there are so many other regions in the world in......
By Rebecca Obounou It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since that devastating earthquake. Though there have been some advances the big picture still look pretty glum for Haiti. We cannot sum the story better than Stuart Leiderman has below: For Haiti’s ten million and for the Diaspora’s four million, last year’s earthquake was the shock of a lifetime. We pause today to remember, reflect and mourn. In a brief minute, Haitian friends and families from all over the world were brought together in worry for each other’s fate, and......
By Rebecca Obounou I was so sad that to see that many of the organizations that have placed them selves in Haiti to “help” the country are in fact exacerbating the problem! I was surprised to discover that more people became homeless months after the earthquake despite all of the reported housing initiatives that different organizations implemented. Conversations that I had with Haitians and foreigners residing in the country revealed that the organizations have come in offering homeowners renter fees well over the market rate therefore jacking up housing rent. Many people......