Back in March of 2020, when the world first learned about Covid-19, one of the things we heard over and over again was “wash your hands.” For those of us in the States, that is a fairly simple task; we have running water at our sinks, and we can purchase soap with a simple trip… [Learn More]
The following Stories are written by people who have spent time in Haiti and would like to share their experiences.
Olivia Henrikson and Gabe Vasquez, classmates at Crossroads School in Santa Monica, CA, traveled to Deschapelles to create a short documentary on education in Haiti for their senior project. Olivia, the great granddaughter of Larry and Gwen Mellon, founders of Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Deschapelles, has traveled several times to Haiti with her parents and… [Learn More]
A group of students from Region 4 Valley Regional High School (Chester, Deep River, Essex) travelled to Deschapelles in the summer of 2017 with their parents to share their love of robotics. Entitled the “Deschapelles Robotics Initiative”, the group spent nearly a week in Deschapelles working with 15 children ages 8-14 on how to build… [Learn More]
By Katy Klarnet, September 2015. As a retired librarian (and now occasional substitute at area public libraries) I was interested to learn that Sister Cities Essex Haiti had launched a library building project in Deschapelles, Haiti, and I offered to help. This led to me to spend several months off and on as a volunteer… [Learn More]
By Terry Parkinson, April 2013. Haiti has often been described as an impoverished third world country whose people can never get a break and are perhaps “cursed”. Labels like “corrupt, uneducated, untrained and even dangerous “ abound. The exotic allure of voodism adds to the picture of a country mired in something almost pagan. Haitians… [Learn More]