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  • Writer's pictureDominique Cannon

In our April update email, Dare Humanity covered the history of a dangerous massacre that broke out between Deluge and another area. Our partner and School Administrator, Marie, shared that two of our students, Rose Stretchy and Rose Pascale, were victims of a gang attack which destroyed their homes by fire and fled to the mountains. This month, we are happy to inform you that both girls are safe! We received an encouraging message from Nadège Luc (Rose Stretchy’s mother) and are thrilled to share her words! 

“Dare Humanity is very important for my child. Many thanks to Dare Humanity that my child can attend with peace of mind. This support means a lot to my family, it prevents people from knowing about our business (note: It is common for parents to not be able to afford tuition in the area, and do not want others to know they cannot afford it out of shame.) My hope is to look after my daughter and make sure she keeps doing well at school so that we can still benefit from the sponsorship. I’m an unfortunate woman who didn’t make it far in school, who happened to have a baby with a man who left me as a single mother. I can’t afford our basic needs and dream for my daughter to do better than me in life. I'm the orphan of my mother, my father is a poor man who does some masonry jobs sometimes. It’s him who supports me with the kid so I would like to have a small business so that I can support my child and eventually learn a profession too. My passion is working but I can’t find a job. I like to do chores and other work activities at the house and lie down when I have nothing else to do.”

-Nadège Luc

Although we are happy to hear of our student’s safe return, it is important we remain educated on the imminent danger Haitians face regularly- dangers of gang violence, their health and education. As we read from Nadège, many parents want to work, but do not have the opportunity to do so. This is why we are so passionate about our Young Dreams Sponsorship Program. Not every child has the privilege of a safe and efficient education. Through our program, children and families gain a sense of hope and ambition for their futures. 

We will continue to operate our programs to support our students, their parents, and the people of Haiti. We encourage you to stay connected through our monthly blogs and email updates to stay updated on our mission and impact.  We ask that you keep our administrators, students, and volunteers in your thoughts and prayers as they work tirelessly in Haiti, and aid our mission through your supportive words and donations. 

If you would like to support us, follow our support page here!  

Interesting Facts about Haiti:

  1. Did you know that Haiti is the most mountainous country in the Caribbean? It holds mountain ranges with peaks over 8,000 feet tall! 

  2. Haiti’s official languages are Creole and French! 

  3. Haiti’s currency is named after a plant! Gourds are a prevalent food source for the people of Haiti. So much so, that gourds were their currency in 1807! which makes the name of their currency, Gourde, a clever and perfect choice. 

About the Author: 

Dominique Cannon has recently graduated from Oklahoma State University, in Stillwater Oklahoma with a Bachelor's and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management. She has remained on campus as an administrative-assistant for the last three years and is very excited to join Dare Humanity as an organizational development intern. She hopes to use her writing and administrative skills to support Dare Humanity's mission, and looks forward to growing her skills in marketing and grant research. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, and serving as a youth pastor at her church! 

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Last summer, a Dare Humanity blog post covered the many crises the country was facing at the time. In just the first weeks of that summer, the country was burdened with a vaccine shortage, rampant gang violence, a hurricane, and the president’s assassination. It has now been a year and Haiti is confronted with similar dilemmas. In the first weeks of summer, Haiti is facing a gas shortage, a food crisis, and gang violence. The blog post stated that Dare Humanity was continuing to serve communities in Haiti and not let the frightening events cloud our mission to enhance the lives of those living in underserved communities. Our mission is unchanged and this statement remains true: we will continue to serve our beneficiaries in Haiti, especially in this time of need. This post serves to inform you of the current situation in Haiti and reaffirm Dare Humanity’s promise to continue working for the country’s betterment and success.

To begin, Haiti is currently experiencing a gas shortage. The government is unable to pay for fuel shipments as a result of decades of debt. Haiti buys gas at a high price and sells it in fuel stations for a low cost, making each shipment unprofitable and impractical. Because the country lacks the funds to make fuel purchases sustainable in the long term, the amount of fuel being ordered each day decreases. At this rate, there will come a time when the orders stop. The fuel shortage causes problems for fuel station owners, challenges transportation within the country, and decreases tourism from other countries — all of which cause further damage to Haiti’s economy.

Image source: The Haitian Times - Motorcyclists line up outside of a gas station in Haiti; Photo credit: Nadia Todres’s Twitter Images

Haiti is also in the midst of a food crisis. The country has faced food insecurity for decades, but the problem is worsening steadily, to the point where 4.5 million Haitians are experiencing high levels of acute food insecurity. The economic crisis in Haiti has made basic essentials, like food, virtually unaffordable for lower income households. This issue has been exacerbated in part by the fuel shortage; because 70% of goods in Haiti are imported, there are fewer shipments arriving as planes cannot trust that they will be able to refuel. Furthermore, global crises, like the war in Ukraine, hurt import reliant countries like Haiti. Dare Humanity’s Men Kontre program was created to combat problems just like this. The program will continue to serve families in Haiti, providing them with food and other necessities.

Lastly, a recurring problem in Haiti and an issue we’ve written about many times is gang violence. There are 200 dead, 113 injured, 12 missing, 49 kidnapped, 11 medical centers closed, and at least 442 schools shut down in just the last month as a result of gang violence, and all of these figures are likely higher than reported (CNN, United Nations). After President Jovenel Moisse’s assassination in July of 2021 and the unstable position the country was left in as a result, gang violence escalated. Now, the levels of violence have reached unprecedented and unspeakable levels, causing thousands of people to leave their homes and find shelter. What poses the most problems are the rival gangs that began fighting in Port au Prince in late April. The gangs have blocked two main national roads connecting Port au Prince with the rest of the country, restricting access and movement of goods, further worsening the shortage of fuel and food.

Image source: Reuters - Residents raise their arms as they flee their homes due to ongoing gun battles between rival gangs, in Port au Prince; Photo credit: Ralph Tedy Erol/Reuters

The sentiment we shared last year remains true: the people of Haiti are resilient and hopeful for a better future. We are working to help them achieve this and will not be dissuaded by the country’s current situation. Dare Humanity has seen these issues before and has helped our beneficiaries deal with them year after year. We will continue to operate our programs in an attempt to ease the impact of these crises and work to find new ways to help the country during this time. We encourage you to stay connected with Dare Humanity in order to see how we are helping Haiti, keep our beneficiaries in your prayers, and learn how you can support the country during this difficult time.

About the Author

Simone Faulkner is our Communications and Partnerships Intern at Dare Humanity. Growing up in the Bay Area, with its reputation for social change, she realized that her purpose in life is to help people through service and kindness. This is what she plans to do as an intern for Dare Humanity by writing blog posts and exploring partnerships with companies. When she's not volunteering she loves to play soccer, write, bake, and explore the outdoors.

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The smallest changes can have a big impact on one’s life. Seemingly miniscule gestures like holding the door for someone or offering a kind smile can brighten one's day in a bigger way than you might think. Dare Humanity is taking apparently small steps that are actually having an immense impact on families in Haiti. The Young Dreams Sponsorship Program (YDSP) is funding the education of 27 bright, young students. Through the small gesture of covering a child’s tuition, YDSP is taking a considerable financial burden off of the children’s families and ensuring that young Haitians are given an education.

Rosemonde L. is a parent of one of our sponsored students, Rose J., and is grateful that her daughter is able to attend school through the YDSP. Rosemonde was not able to finish school herself, but dreams of attending sewing school or owning her own business. Nonetheless, she hopes that Rose will be able to finish school and go to college.

Before Rose joined the YDSP, her family was burdened by her tuition. Now her mother says that it’s not a worry anymore. Rosemonde says that Dare Humanity has done a good thing for her family because her child can now attend school everyday. Rosemonde told Dare Humanity that she would like to live comfortably and have a job so that her children can have a better life. We hope to continue helping Rosemonde’s family so that one day they can feel accomplished in what they are doing and have a better life.

Through the Young Dreams Sponsorship Program, Men Kontre, and Clean Water Initiative, we are working to improve the lives of the people we serve in Haiti. We work with communities in Haiti to relieve them of financial burdens, or make up for what they lack, so that they don’t have to make sacrifices in order to send their children to school or put food on the table. We are glad to see that we are making a difference in Haiti and promise to continue the effort to spread our impact, starting with the seemingly small gestures.

About the Author

Simone Faulkner is our Communications and Partnerships Intern at Dare Humanity. Growing up in the Bay Area, with its reputation for social change, she realized that her purpose in life is to help people through service and kindness. This is what she plans to do as an intern for Dare Humanity by writing blog posts and exploring partnerships with companies. When she's not volunteering she loves to play soccer, write, bake, and explore the outdoors.

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