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On the two year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti we interviewed five of our Haitian acquaintances to see what they thought had progressed since the quake. They also spoke about their hope for the future.
Prof. Muhammad Yunus visited Haiti in October 2011. He traveled to the Central Plateau to meet with a Ti Credi goup from Fonkoze. This is a clip of his interaction with the women of the group. He spend more than half-an-hour interacting with them, and left them with an invitation to visit him in Bangladesh.
A reporter who was one of the first people to come into Haiti after the earthquake recently left. Before leaving he filed this last report looking back on everything that had happened in the last year-and-a-half. Sobering stuff.
CLM (Chemen Lavi Miyò, or the Road to a Better Life) is a program of Fonkoze that reaches out to those at the bottom of society. During the 18-month program, case managers support clients as they learn to run a small business, repair their homes and access health care and education services. Participants develop both their capacity and their confidence until they have their own functioning microenterprises.
This video give a visual of what the program is like.
We made it on the news in Iowa! WHO Channel 13 TV in Des Moines did a story on our move to Haiti that aired twice on 7/14/11 at 5pm and 6pm. Did you see us?
This was by far the craziest part about my trip to Haiti. Pastor Mardy and I were coming back into Jacmel from visiting his mother in the countryside. In order to make it into town we had to cross a river. It was CRAZY! I was for sure we were going to tip over.
Maryse Georges is a member of Fonkoze micro-finance bank. Her livelihood was destroyed by the earthquake, she is able to have hope again because of loans from Fonkoze.
Fonkoze is empowering citizens through micro-finance. This video features Linda Boucard, who Vanessa will be working with while we are there. It also shows what Haiti looks like after the earthquake.
Just as many secular artist came together and made the "We are the World" video, Lecrae (a Christian rapper) made this song to benefit Haiti relief efforts. You can download the song and the proceeds go to Churches Helping Churches. Check it.
This video is from our relief trip to New Orleans in December 2007. We made it to let you see the extent of the damage that still existed, and also to raise support and awareness for Caleb's trip that he took in the summer of 2008. We hope to use some of the same skills that we learned in the wake of Katrina during our trip to Haiti.