Authored by Rebecca Obounou I recently had the privilege of representing CHES in the worldwide online dialogue on Young Entrepreneurs: Drivers of Sustainable Growth hosted by Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the World Bank in August. The online dialogue brought together young entrepreneurs and professionals from 46 different countries (mostly developing countries) to discuss present day matters pertaining to youth entrepreneurship. This was one of multiple dialogues held in multiple languages with entrepreneurs worldwide. We had a robust dialogue around a few specific questions we were asked to prepare ahead of time about the role......
Authored by Myriam Paul The question I have been asked since I got back from the CHES Haiti trip is: “Would you do it again?” My answer is: YES, without a doubt! The purpose of this year was to help train, coach, and give ongoing support to women Entrepreneurs in rural parts of Haiti – Something that is urgently needed in Haiti. If you know me personally, you know my personal mission is to inspire, motivate, support, connect, create value, and make a difference. What better way to fulfill this dream than......
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......