Responding to change is often difficult but necessary in all aspects of our personal and work lives. Changing social and economic patterns in Haiti require us to constantly be aware of the micro and macro levels in which we operate and respond in this country’s environment. Communicating with our community partners and associates and maintaining… more →
This spring was difficult, our scheduled trip to Haiti on March 14th through the 25th of 2019 was canceled due to political violence. The student participants had prepared to spend time with Zanmi Kafe’ (Friends in Coffee) farmers in the Central Plateau of Haiti measuring plants and recording growth data. There was a scheduled visit… more →
I will always remember Jean Nelson wielding his machete and cutting sugar up into edible pieces for our university students to chew on when they visited his farm in Bois Joli, Haiti, most had never experienced such a raw, sweet treat. He would then slice the top off a coconut with a quick action of… more →
On Christmas morning I had the joy of gifting my parents a bag of Singing Rooster coffee. Being able to connect them to the mountain community of Bois Jolie in such an intimate way was truly wonderful. Together we drink the delicious brews that are the result of so many fantastic partners, devoted friends, and… more →
A few weeks ago I was given the honor of speaking at the Fairbanks Brunch, an annual event that gives summer scholarship recipients an opportunity to meet and thank their donors.
I am frequently amazed by the multi-faceted effects that philanthropy can have. Through the generous donations entrusted to the Haiti Institute in Sewanee, the program has gathered five years of data on the effects of carbon payments on tree survival, had its first coffee harvest, began a partnership with Singing Rooster, and touched the lives of many individuals and communities, mine included. After three years of work with this program, there is not much else I can say to touch on how profound and inspiring my experiences in Haiti have been.
Thank you to all who support us, whether it be through time, money, or encouraging thoughts.
Below, the speeches given by myself, another undergraduate student, and two students in the School of Theology.
le café qui dans le panier est près pour fermanter avant , passé deans le processus de lavage ça va prendre 24 h de temps pour que le misilaj soit bien fermanté ( fermantation sèk.
Hier nous etions a morne Michel pour LA distribution des plantules du café qui sont à 2nd dans le but de renforcer la production du café ,et aussi les cerises commence a change de couleur.
Vizit bwajoli ak Mon Michel Kafe yo komanse mi nou bezwen prepare Pou rekot LA anpil Bel Kafe mi , Bel pwogrè AK Zanmi Kafe ekip LA ap travay e nap bay rezilta
Echantillonnage de 10 pieds de cafe chez jean nelson pour savoir combien de cerise que possede 1 pied de cafe et combien de mamit on peut trouver et aussi LA visited sur chocogout , chez quelques fermiers ça marche bien
Our trip is winding down and I am faced with the aching in my heart that always accompanies leaving something that you love. I have learned so much about this country and culture, photography, and myself in these past five weeks that that I can hardly imagine what going back to the States will be… more →