Author Archive for Ben McKenzie

The Funeral

By Peter Davis We passed a hearse bedecked with fake flowers as we began our climb up Morne Michel. Heels and ties and tuxes walk down the stones and mud to gather by the hearse at the gate of the dam. The brown soup that skirts the lakeshore contrasts with the red flowers of Delonix regia.… more →

By Peter Davis The daily schedule changes, miscommunication, and uncertainites involved with working in Haiti can always surprise you regardless of how much time spent in Haiti. Back in the States our schedules are planned out to a tee whether we be university student or professor. We aren’t even able to rely on our old… more →

Falling With Style

A flower catches my attention out of the corner of my eye. Brilliant red, and surrounded by fluttering clouds of small butterflies of every different shade and hue. As my senses are captivated by this scene, my foot slips out from under me, and I am falling. This is not an uncommon occurrence. Morne Michele,… more →

Running on Haiti Time

En route from Port-au-Prince to Cange. [Photo: Brooke Irvine] Time here is an abstract concept. It is tossed and blown by the storms that roll over the mountains every evening. It is made lazy by heat that settles over the hills during the day, like a quilt of sun colours. Because time here doesn’t operate… more →

The Rhythm of Morne Michelle

Farmers of Morne Michelle planting seeds for a nursery which may be modeled on the Zanmi Kafe Project. Morne Michelle, Haiti. May 27, 2015 [Photo: Hunter Swenson] Today we (Geanina Fripp, Hunter Swenson, Peter Davis, and Scott Summers, and myself) experienced a new aspect of Haitian community life. A group of Zanmi Kafe and Zanmi… more →