How Smart are Haitian Farmers?

Although many lack formal education, most of the farmers I have met are a proud reminder that our world has plenty of brilliant people with minimal education, and highly educated half-wits. In this reflection, I would just like to share some of the surprising, pleasing, and humorous anecdotes and information I have received while doing… more →

Coming to a Close

As our last week in Haiti approaches, everyone is beginning to wrap up their projects and research. Earlier this week, the PSF team took our last hike, conducted our last interview, and said our goodbyes to our Haitian coworkers. It’s a strange feeling knowing that we will not be going out to collect data and… more →

Summer Chores

Each time my team has traveled to either Morne Michel or Bois Jolie the residents of these towns have helped us transport our provisions up and down the mountains via mules. Usually what happens is they meet us where our driver drops us off and we load our food and water for the next day… more →

Winding Down

I have 14 more days in Haiti. As our time and schedules are winding down, I have started to reflect on what I have learned in Haiti. I have been here for exactly one month and this week I began to feel more comfortable with my presence here. Being a white woman in Haiti brings… more →

Practicing Patience

I am a religious planner when I’m in the States, keeping a meticulous to-do list complete with exact times of meetings, classes, and work schedules. I like to know when things are going to happen so I can prepare accordingly. Coming to Haiti, I knew this was something I would have to give up, letting… more →

The Interview

Today I was translating one of the transcribed interviews, done by Sadrack—our team’s friend and employee of CFFL—and was struck by a response given to a fairly straight-forward question. I assume that there was a slight mistranslation between the question posed and the question that was understood, as the question we asked was “what challenges… more →

The Estime Empire

What is the “story” of Haiti? In part, this is the story I have come to hear, to look for, and to learn from. I have written about my own “stories”, as they shape my reality, but there are bigger stories too, that whole cultures and nations tell themselves. One of these is the official… more →

Reflecting on Petite Montagne

Last Monday Kate, Evans, Islande, Monclair, Sammi, Levi and I hiked to Petite Montagne to visit 50 families involved in the Family Security Program. We had originally planned on spending four days and three nights there, but ended up returning a day early because we finished our work faster than expected. It was an extremely… more →