People are always asking me what I've been doing in Haiti and I have so many answers that I could give. I work daily on a number of different initiatives that it is sometimes hard to say exactly what I am doing.
This month has been special in that I have done a lot of work in Carrefour, about 45 minutes from Port-au-Prince. I have been working with a group of men and women who are learning a trade and how to become self-sustainable at the Libellule Training Academy (LTA). Several of the women in the program have children that were once living in Love Community Home, the orphanage that Frontier Projects and Light for Living International Ministries (LIFLIM) supports. The program was created in an attempt for parents to un-relinquish their children from the orphanage and to support families staying together. I have been working on teaching marketing and money management to the group, and also figuring out their needs from a Western standpoint. It is hard for people of one culture to understand a culture that they are not completely committed to, so I work daily as an on ground liaison for Frontier Projects, assessing and managing needs.
Check out my August newsletter, detailing the successes of LTA!
I haven’t written in a while. Not because I don’t have anything to say and things haven’t been happening, but I’m just enjoying life. I’ve been very quiet. Kind of passive actually. I’m just trying to scope things out. Breathe. Release. I think I’m going to make a new video soon to document my first month in Haiti... and the DR. That’s right, I spent a couple of days in the Bronx, I mean Santo Domingo. It’s literally a copy of New York. By far didn’t have the Hispanic culture I was looking forward to. In fact, Santo Domingo was more Fordham than Fordham. The men are bold and cat calling is real. The women are beautiful, but you know what’s up with a lot of pretty women. There was a little too much value, to me, on the beauty of light skin. I know I’m light skin so it works in my favor, but I don’t like that. This colorism between colored people is demeaning and disgustingly overwhelming... I don’t want to just be the light skin girl, the “white” girl, the foreigner... which is tough in some of these other cultures. Ugh, I think I’m going to start writing my book. I have some great ideas.
Oh, and Zia is designing a dress for me that I’m going to have made here. I’m so happy to be far from home and still able to support her goals. That’s true friendship.
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