By Rebecca Obounou There are many people with a heart for Haiti who lack a MIND for Haiti as the documentary Poverty, Inc. so eloquently states it. Haiti is a country that needs conscious businesses that create economic value and social value simultaneously. The world needs such businesses. Conscious businesses are one of the keys to combatting poverty. As a nonprofit organization, we must constantly evaluate and re-evaluate our selves to ensure that we are not promoting dependency but the reverse: self-sufficiency and independence. We evaluate this by closely looking at a number......
These are exhilarating times! We are so proud of ourselves for coming this far on so little. When CHES first started out, we had little time, little experience, and no funding. However, we had a common vision and mission. We pooled our time, our expertise, and our funds to start. We grew the little that we had and we’ve done a great deal together with present and past volunteers and institutions that have given us their support. Nonprofits must measure and evaluate (M&E) their services to assess their effectiveness and justify their......
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......