By Jenifer Grant, June 2011. Dukenson St.Tilus plays both tuba and Helicon. Helicon??? I asked him to describe it. With his hands, he made a couple of circles about the size of his torso, and ended with a flourish with his two hands above his head describing a bell. “A tuba?” I asked – “No – no… [Learn More]
The following Stories are written by people who have spent time in Haiti and would like to share their experiences.
By Patricia Hurley, June, 2011. I tried to prepare by reading the biography of Jenifer’s mother and stepfather, “Song of Haiti”, which provided background on Jenifer’s life as well. I had supported the Sister Cities Essex Haiti project and was aware that several Essex people had begun projects in Deschapelles, including establishing a library, but was… [Learn More]
By Mary Lee Blackwell, December 2012. Sister Cities Essex Haiti is in full swing. The organization continues to inspire citizens to get involved; to make a difference. And oh what a difference they’re making. There are several programs that have been initiated and continue to evolve and garner support and enthusiasm from both communities…. [Learn More]
Daphne Nielsen, an Essex resident, worked at the Hanger Clinic, a prosthetics facility at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in September 2010. Daphne is a physical therapist in Connecticut.
By James Blackwell. February 2012. Upon arrival we were crammed onto a bus. The bus brought us to a doorway where we were greeted by a local band playing traditional Haitian music. Once inside, we were surrounded by hundreds of people yelling at us and trying to grab our luggage. We had no idea what they… [Learn More]