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]
The following Stories are written by people who have spent time in Haiti and would like to share their experiences.
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]
By Louisa Smith, May 2013. This week while in a cab on my way to dinner in Boston I was having a friendly conversation with my cab driver. He commented on my name and how it was the French spelling, I could tell he was from Haiti based on his accent and asked him where… [Learn More]