Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Amazing Grace - Meditation in Jeremie

Haiti never seizes to capture my heart.. Sunday afternoon in a small run down church in the middle of the noisy market in Jeremie, with vendors selling their wares yelling out the prices, carnaval music wafting in from outside, but inside..... 60 young people quietly listening to a presentation on meditation, and then oh so gently practicing meditation  themselves. After the session, the young people expressed their gratitude and said they would take what they have learned home with them.

Another reason why Haiti continues to draw me in.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

January 1, 2013

This is Haitian Independence Day, the 209th since Haiti's Independence. It is this day which, despite the current situation that Haitians find themselves in, serves as a source of pride and and strength.
It is this pride and strength which is contagious and will power the work of Haitian Connection forward in 2013. What is it that we are looking forward to?
One is to expand our breadfruit flour business that we have just begun with the incredible dedication of two students from the University of the Grand'Anse. These students are not discouraged by obstacles, but they look at them as something to overcome. Breadfruit flour is gluten free, so we hope to have a market niche which will help our marketing.
We are also looking to finally open up a mental health clinic in Jeremie, primary focusing on providing people with coping strategies and tools to withstand the stress of daily life.
We will expand out child-to-child program to expand our reach with tis methodology.
And of course we continue to develop the University of the Grand'Anse.
So we are looking with optimism, yes, optimism to the year 2013. "Our sense of vocation is intimately linked to the people and things that move us to passion and compassion." John Neafsey - A sacred Voice  is calling


                                                          Haiti still moves us in that way.