Helping Haiti Heal Jul31

Helping Haiti Heal

Over the last two and a half years, I have had to ask myself more than once why I continue going back to Haiti. The answer to this question has evolved a small amount after each visit. My current answer is that I have finally experienced something undeniably good that has come out of the 2010 earthquake; and I would like to see more. This good experience that I speak of was spending 10 days with a non-governmental organization (NGO) called J/P Haiti Relief Organization (HRO), which was formed by Sean Penn and Sanela Diana Jenkins, whose foundation supported initial relief efforts in the weeks following the devastating earthquake. I have some...

The Start of a New Beginning | Elene Romain Jul18

The Start of a New Beginning | Elene Romain

After the devastating earthquake of 2010, Elene Romain was left homeless. She lived in the Petion Ville Club camp for two years with her daughter and her recently born child. Now, Elene is putting the pieces of her life back together and is starting a new beginning. On Thursday, July 12th Elene moved into her newly built home. “For the past couple of days I have been exhausted. Living in the camp puts a toll on your body. But thanks to this house, I am finally able to sleep in peace and well again,” she said. Elene thanked the Redevelopment team at J/P HRO for her new home because as a single mother she sees a brighter future for...

Ecole de l’Espoir | Medelda, the Valedictorian Jul10

Ecole de l’Espoir | Medelda, the Valedictori...

On a Friday afternoon, Medelda Saint Vil and thirty of her classmates from Ecole de l’Espoire walked in their white and blue graduation gowns to celebrate their accomplishment for the school year. After singing the Haitian National Anthem, and listening to an emotional speech of what they have achieved, one by one the students walked toward the principle to receive their certificate. Each of them worked hard and performed to the best of their ability to attain what many children in Haiti hoped for, finishing elementary school. “Today represents all the hard work we have put into the year. It’s a symbol of both sadness and...

Meet our new Communication Intern: Paul Ismeo Carisma Jul06

Meet our new Communication Intern: Paul Ismeo Cari...

I was Born and raised in Haiti, I am the byproduct of my Haitian upbringing and American influence from traveling back and forth between both countries. Growing up in Haiti gave me the opportunity to learn multiple things, discover myself and appreciate the little things in life. French, English, Haitian Creole, and how to manage myself when there is no power were things I had to learn growing up here. I’m currently enrolled as a full time student at DePaul University, and majoring in Public Relations & Advertisement. I enjoy the city of Chicago from its deep dish pizza, to its wonderful skyline, but am always anticipating the days...

Haiti – Social : End of camps in Jacmel… Jul04

Haiti – Social : End of camps in Jacmel̷...

In an effort to restore the luster to Jacmel, the cultural capital of Haiti, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and Sean Penn, Ambassador-at-Large for Haiti and founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization (J/P HRO) are working on a project to re-house the last families made homeless in Jacmel by the 2010 earthquake. The project aims to close the last two of 36 displacement camps, and relocate families still living in them to safe homes. Each family will be provided with a year’s rental allowance and receive additional financial support, which includes transport assistance to help move their belongings from the camps to...