On May 21, 2010, April Watkins graduated with a nursing degree from the University of Texas at Austin. That same day, she left for Haiti, part of a medical relief mission in the wake of a magnitude 7.0 earthquake that had devastated the country.
Jovenel Moise, known as “Banana Man” because he exports produce, won Haiti’s Nov. 20 presidential election with more than half of the vote, Haiti’s electoral council announced this week.
Haiti’s repeatedly derailed presidential election finally got underway on Sunday more than a year after an initial annulled vote as the nation tried to get its shaky democracy on a sturdier track.
Clutching their national identification cards, citizens patiently waited as numerous voting centers opened well after the 6 a.m. scheduled start. Voting routinely starts late in Haitian elections.
“The Last Tiger in Haiti,” a new play by Jeff Augustin that’s receiving its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse, begins in a tent shack in Port-au-Prince that is the home for a group of unfortunate youngsters who for one reason or another were discarded by their families.
Malteser International Americas, a Miami-based global humanitarian organization, has launched a fresh water program in the south west of Haiti where the worst drought in 35 years has put those already experiencing profound poverty and extreme vulnerability in further jeopardy.
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Six years after a catastrophic earthquake, Haiti take aim at Copa America in the island nation’s biggest soccer moment since qualifying for the 1974 World Cup
The nonprofit Hope for American Haitian Youth and Elderly will hold a 15th anniversary fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. on June 4 at Shiloh Baptist Church, 800 S. Genesee St., Waukegan. Reservations are $50 per person. Donations of school and medical supplies and shoes are welcome.
When most college students plan to spend their spring break enjoying the warmth of the sun on an island in the Caribbean, Haiti is not the location they have in mind. The poorest nation in the western hemisphere, Haiti’s difficulties extend far beyond the earthquake which struck there in 2010, as systemic poverty and leadership crises have plagued the nation for decades. Continue reading “Why Dozens of U. S. College Students Chose to Spend Spring Break In Haiti”