Haiti and the U.S. forest products industry: A small town effort strives to make a very big impact

Image: Demonstration of housing construction.

forestbusinessnetwork.com - October 16th, 2012 - Tom Waddell

What so many of us consider to be basic human rights are no more than a dream to the Haitian men, women and children who have lived in a sea of temporary shelters for over 2.5 years now. These tent cities are rife with squalor, rape and other physical assault, and a near lack of privacy. Large families live year-round in tents only meant to temporarily shelter three or four people.

Enter Gary Funk, a retired University of Montana music professor, and his passionate dream to make a difference.


October 2012 Newsletter: With Love from Port-au-Prince

Image: SOIL household toilet construction in full swing!

oursoil.org - October 12th, 2012 - Sasha Kramer

Dear Friends,

Another month has passed and thanks to your ongoing support SOIL has remained as active and dedicated as ever. We are most grateful to our friends and supporters for helping us to ensure that our emergency toilets in Port-au-Prince stay open. As the rainy season begins the threat of cholera is ever greater for the hundreds of thousands people still living under tarps in the capital Port-au-Prince.


Haiti's Trees and Forests

This working group explores what it will take to re-establish resilient and sustainable forests in Haiti's island ecosystem.

The mission of this working group is to re-establish resilient and sustainable forests in Haiti's island ecosystem in which Haiti's substantially degraded watersheds are re-established in healthy and sustainable states.

The ‘Avon Ladies’ of Africa

Tine Frank… Living Goods managers explained business opportunities to new recruits in Masaka, Uganda.

submitted by Alisa Keesey

The New York Times
by Tina Rosenberg
October 10, 2012

In Rural Haiti, Looking for a Way to Make Clean Water Sustainable

Dieu Nalio Chery/AP - Outside Port-au-Prince, Haiti, a woman arrives at Wharf Jeremie in August to fill her two containers with water that she will use to wash her dishes.

The Washington Post - by David Brown - October 9, 2012

CAVAILLON, Haiti — Marc Antoine Castel spends five hours a day, and often weekends and holidays, at the office of the town water system, which he runs. He does it for love, although he hopes one day to do it for money, too.

Global Food Supply - We Need to Plan for System Failure

ethicalcorp.com - by Mallen Baker - October 4, 2012

Mallen Baker argues that it’s irresponsible not to make contingency plans, especially when the potential failures concern the fundamentals – such as food

Imagine your critical business systems depend on one computer server. This server is huge – it has immense capacity – but you have grown into that space and now every single day you are pushing it to its limit. . .

In Haiti, Aid Groups Squabble Over Rival Peanut Butter Factories

Alex E. Proimos/Flickr.com

submitted by Theresa Bernardo

npr.org - by Dan Charles - October 5, 2012

Can there be too much life-saving peanut butter?

In Haiti, two different humanitarian groups have built new factories to make this product, which is used to treat severe malnutrition and maybe someday prevent it. The problem is, Haiti doesn't appear to need two of them.


Embassy Row: Unrest in Haiti - Protesters Demonstrating Against Sharp Rise in Food Prices

The Washington Times - by James Morrison - October 7, 2012

U.S. Ambassador Pamela White was personally exposed to the violent unrest that has swept Haiti for months when she accompanied President Michel Martelly to a coastal town to dedicate a new road financed by U.S. aid funds.

National police fired tear gas and used billy clubs to break up a group of angry demonstrators who tried to stop Mrs. White and Mr. Martelly from attending the ceremony in Petit-Goave, about 43 miles southwest of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

Despite Bad Track Record, Chemonics Given Huge USAID Contracts in Haiti

alaskadispatch.com - by Jacob Kushner - GlobalPost.com - October 6, 2012

NEW YORK — Two years ago, auditors revealed the Washington, DC, consulting firm Chemonics International and a partner company were employing only one-third as many Haitians as their contract required to clear rubble left by the January 2010 earthquake from city streets as part of the US government-funded “Cash for Work” program.

Chemonics even directed some of those workers to remove rubble from private lots adjacent to its Port-au-Prince headquarters instead.

Video - SOIL - Haiti's 'Eco-Toilets' for Hygiene and Agriculture

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