In a few weeks, I'll be going to Haiti, specifically the Northern region, for a couple months to work for a NGO.
While I've worked and lived in other lesser developed countries and have briefly spoken to co-workers living there, I haven't been to Haiti before and I'd like to have a greater, more nuanced understanding of Haitian cultures and recent history before I arrive.
I'm looking for short novels, recommended blogs, or articles - pieces on Haiti would be great posts on Metafilter (I've already read past ones on here) that give me a deeper understanding of Haitian cultures and recent political history.
What is the best charity currently working in Haiti to which I can donate? [more inside]
So next week, my girlfriend and I are going on a cruise for our third year anniversary booked through Royal Caribbean that leaves from Florida and stops at Labidee, Haiti; Falmouth, Jamaica; George Town, Grand Cayman; and Cozumel, Mexico. This is my first cruise, and my girlfriend’s eighth cruise. We have already booked awesome excursions in Labadee (parasailing!), George Town (turtle farm and stingray city!), and Cozumel (snorkeling boat tour!), but we are unsure what to do in Falmouth since it’s a relatively new port. (more inside) [more inside]
How can I do something nice for the locals while my family and I are on a big phat cruise? [more inside]
How do I go about researching what I've seen termed as "aid culture", specifically in Haiti? [more inside]
What kinds of vaccinations would you recommend for my friend's trip to Haiti? Is it possible she'll get severe reactions since she's never been vaccinated? [more inside]
What aid/help is Brazil doing in Haiti today? [more inside]
My friend is trying to raise money so that his college group can go to Haiti to help earthquake victims with this Hands On Disaster Group. I am opposed to and skeptical of this concept. How do I reconcile my biases and support him? Should I? [more inside]
Can you help my mother's church reestablish contact with leadership in the community of Rosette in Haiti? [more inside]
The midwife who was incredible at our sons birth two days ago is going to Haiti for a week to work with a group of doctors.
She has been told she has to bring everything she needs for her own support.
We would like to give her a gift before she goes, perhaps something she might need and would not think of.
Any thoughts form the hive appreciated.
Best waterproof tent for Haiti on a budget? [more inside]
My job is sending me to Haiti for a month. Help? [more inside]
What's wrong with donating to Haiti relief through the American Red Cross? [more inside]
How can I get supplies to a specific person in Haiti right now? [more inside]
How does the $10 donation from texting the word HAITI to 90999 get to Red Cross? Do they get all of the money? How quickly? [more inside]
Aid agencies sending people to Haiti? [more inside]
How can we help Haiti? I am a skilled off-road motorcycle rider and know many others. Does anyone know or have connections with a group, person, NGO that would be interested in bringing such people into Haiti to assist in delivering medicine, etc.? One of the biggest problems for aid workers is getting to the people who need help. Obviously, lives are lost with each hour that goes by.
What is the best agency to make a donation in order to insure that the aid is received where needed in Haiti? [more inside]
Looking to learn more about Haitian voodoo in America. [more inside]
Where can I donate clothes for Haiti in New York city? [more inside]
Traveling to Haiti in a few months with a medical missions org.
Looking for books or authors that give a good analysis of the social, political, historical, and cultural background of the country.
Yes, I'm going to Haiti for the first time. Anyone ever go? Tips? [more inside]