New 100K Jobs for Haiti Newsletter — February 2013

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In-Depth Reporting from Haiti Brings More Disturbing News

As one of the co-founders of the Sustainable Haiti Coalition, I’ve been feeling guilty lately about how little time I’m able to spend on sustaining our initiatives in Haiti. The demands of the local situation, especially after Hurricane Sandy, and following several financially-disastrous years for many of us, have diminished the hope of leading a group of students on a study tour of Northern Haiti, and many other projects have fallen by the wayside.

There are some bright spots: we’ve supported the Partners Worldwide 100,000 Jobs initiative, which is gaining ground. MTB Ayiti, working with Travelcology, have pulled off the mountain biking event we first cooked up with them in 2011. We’ve also provide support to a group looking to help with growing more bamboo in Haiti, as we originally proposed in early 2012. But in practical terms we’re stymied, which is the problem for many cause-related efforts these days.

Now comes Amy Wilentz’ latest “Letter from Haiti,” in the January 28, 2013 issue of The Nation, and the picture remains bleak for the country. To begin with, there are still more than 350,000 people living in increasingly-squalid camps in an around Port-au-Prince. And the resettlement process itself was done in a way that caused animosity and in many cases inappropriate outcomes.

Moreover, of the money that has flowed into Haiti since the earthquake — of course merely a fraction of what was “promised” — much of it has gone into fundamentally misguided and poorly executed projects, such as the new luxury Royal Oasis hotel, the industrial park at Caracol, and the brand-new University of King Henri Christophe in Limonade. Read the rest of In-Depth Reporting from Haiti Brings More Disturbing News »

Haiti’s first ever pro-am mountain bike race viewed as a success

This event took place over January 30 to February 2, 2013; you can read more about it and view a video here. The Coalition was instrumental in working with Travelcology in the early stages of this event.

Please visit this page to keep in touch with the organizing team for the 2014 event.

—–PRESS RELEASE——

Partnering with the Ministry of Tourism, MTB Ayiti promotes Haiti as the hottest new destination for adventure travel.

Port-au-Prince, January 28.- Mountain Bike Ayiti (MTBAyiti) presented by Pepsi Max, the first ever pro-am mountain bike stage race in Haiti, will take riders from Port-au-Prince to Marigot through some of the most stunning terrain in Haiti. In partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Tourism, Travelcology aims to raise awareness for Haiti’s potential as an exciting ‘off the beaten path’ destination for mountain biking and adventure tourism. Read the rest of Haiti’s first ever pro-am mountain bike race viewed as a success »

Solar Power Advances in Haiti

Solar Power Advances in Haiti

December 9, 2012: NRG Energy, Inc. has announced the completion of its “The Sun Lights the Way” project in Haiti. The program entailed the installation of solar electric systems at 20 schools, a fish farm and a drip irrigation system supporting agricultural production throughout Haiti’s Central Plateau region, through collaboration with a non-profit organization called Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF). This project helps to improve the quality of education for more than 6,000 Haitian students by providing the electricity needed to power lights, communication systems, laptop computers and other school equipment in remote areas of the country. The project received support from Trina Solar, a leading integrated manufacturer of solar photo-voltaic (PV) products, which donated all of the solar panels installed on the schools. (Source: http://theenergycollective.com/dailyenergyreport/154656/solar-power-advances-haiti.)

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3rd Annual Haiti Track at Movement Day 2012 NYC September 27th-28th

3rd Annual Haiti Track at Movement Day 2012 ~ TWO DAY TRACK
“Redeveloping Haiti: Partnering for Strategic Impact”

Hilton NY Hotel
Thursday, September 27th 12:45pm-3:45pm and Friday, September 28th 8:00am-4:00pm

We recently received the following very special letter from our friend Marie-Yolaine Eusebe from Community2Community: Read the rest of 3rd Annual Haiti Track at Movement Day 2012 NYC September 27th-28th »

Follow up to the 2012 Sustainable Haiti Conference

We had a pretty extraordinary time in Miami at the end of April, reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, impressed by the level of development occurring both in Haiti and in the Diaspora community (though of course it is still barely scratching the surface of both the challenge and the opportunity) and determined to make a difference on our return.

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Join us for the Sustainable Haiti Conference April 23-25 in Miami

This year’s Sustainable Haiti Conference promises to be an extraordinarily useful gathering of people and organizations — with tangible plans, access to investment funding, and innovative solutions to the challenges of rebuilding Haiti.

This 3rd annual conference will take place from April 23rd- April 25th, 2012 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. We’ll be hosting a session on April 25, on Coalition Building for Sustainable Enterprise Development, and we invite you to join us for this — and take advantage of the resources, contacts, and opportunities present at the Conference, which is now a regular part of John Rosser’s remarkable Sustainatopia festival, which also includes an annual Impact Conference that attracts more than 600 social investors and entrepreneurs from around the world.

Rosser has partnered with the Haitian Diaspora Federation (HDF) to bring a focus on investments to this year’s conferences. For the first two days, the Haitian Diaspora Federation will present the 2012 Investment Forum: Pote Kole Pou Ayiti Dekole – a conversation about the necessity for sustained investments that create jobs.

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100,000 Jobs in Haiti Newsletter Just Released

100,000 Jobs in Haiti — February 2012 Newsletter

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100,000 Jobs for Haiti Site Launched

http://www.100kjobshaiti.org/

The Coalition is happy to support this initiative and host the web site for the 100,000 Jobs for Haiti project created by Partners Worldwide, in association with Peace Dividend Trust (creator of Building Markets, which lists more than 3500 “vetted” Haitian businesses) and Fonkoze, Haiti’s leading microlender.