Preconceived Notions

“You’re from America? What did people tell you about Haiti before you came? What do you think of Haiti now?” We were at the beach on Saturday when I was accosted with these questions, though it was not the first time Haitians had approached me to ask about preconceived notions of Haiti. In these moments,… more →

Belonging

This trip is coming to an end scarily fast. The almost now 4 weeks that have passed have been busy. Between working, making new friends and attempting to absorb the culture of another country that is so close to the US yet so different time feels absurd. One of the conclusions that I reached is… more →

Reforesting with Chokogou

Dotting the fields and gardens of several farmers in the Bois Jolie community are small wooden stakes with yellow and red tags tied to them. They are labeled inconspicuously with a series of letters and numbers, CK-##-#. Below each of these stakes is a seed, and within each seed is an interesting history and an… more →

From Co-Workers to Friends

I would like to shine the spotlight on the agronomist team that lead our group in our cooperation with the farmers weekly. They aid us in communication and training with the farmers and have been pivotal contributors to the program. They continuously hike up to Bois Jolie and Mourne Michel year-round to continue evaluating the… more →

The Climb

Every self-respecting 2000’s kid knows Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana’s hit single, “The Climb.” With lyrics such as “there is always gonna be another mountain // you’re always gonna wanna make it move,” it is clear why this song popped into Bernice and I’s head as we made our way up the mountain path to Bois Jolie… more →

Embodying the Haitian Spirit

Since the early 1500s when the first slaves were brought to the island of Hispaniola to the present day economic disparity that so many face, Haitians seems to have always had a relentless spirit. This relentless spirit that helped one of the colonies with the harshest conditions for slaves become the first free black nation… more →