Hey Shelley, You Want a Baby?

Hey Shelley, You Want a Baby?

Shelley in Haiti – A Memoir My family and I had been in Haiti for a month when I heard a familiar voice call out as I walked in the gate. “Hey, Shelley, you want a baby?” Yes, I did want a baby, a Haitian baby, though my husband and I already had two young...
Silyanis: Fighting for Tomorrow

Silyanis: Fighting for Tomorrow

I like the way they teach us how to communicate, how to treat other people, she says, reflecting on the benefits of her participation in the literacy program she attends twice a week after work. Silyanis is one of many in the class hosted by PRODEV, Caribbean Craft,...
Dede: A Balance of Wit and Grace

Dede: A Balance of Wit and Grace

She snickers, under her breath, mumbling words in Creole. The surrounding women laugh at the joke she’s just made. They lean back, clenching their stomachs, clapping their hands, cackling during this moment of comic relief in an otherwise chaotic life. But her joke...
How Babies Are Made

How Babies Are Made

Contraceptives in Haiti. It’s as controversial of a topic on this small Caribbean island as politics is in America. Questions are posed, assumptions are made and opinions are formulated, often not without reason, but usually as a result of misinformation. It begins...
A Success Story

A Success Story

Josh Shipp recently said, “every child needs just one stable adult to become a success story.’’ Isn’t this the truth? Hasn’t it always been the truth? As foreigners, it’s easy to assume implementing Westernized ideologies into the Haitian culture is the best solution...

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