"Ils étaient comme des ficelles"

Bertha Louisius rit en décrivant le soulagement et la gratitude qu’elle ressent maintenant chaque fois qu’elle voit ses jumeaux. "Ils étaient si petits, ils étaient tellement malades. Je ne savais pas quoi faire. Je n’avais pas d’argent et rien de ce que je faisais ne fonctionnait. Je pensais qu’ils pouvaient mourir, mais je ne savais pas ce que je pouvais faire. J’avais laissé leur sort à Dieu quand j’ai rencontré ces infirmières."

They Were Like Threads

Their mother, Bertha Louisius, laughs as she describes the relief and gratitude she feels every time she sees her twins now. “They were so small, they were so sick. I didn’t know what to do. I had no money, and nothing I was doing worked. I thought they might die, but I didn’t know what I could do. I had given their fate to God when I met these nurses.”

YAMEN Reflection: From Cambodia to Haiti

I have been in Haiti for a month and so far it’s been all about adjustment, learning new things, cultural observation, eating new foods, and learning new languages. I’m starting to adapt to a lot of things, like speaking two second languages all day, waking up to the sound of Kreyol all around the house, traveling with new public transportation, saying hello to people along the way.

Building a City of Peace

Faced with a vulnerable, transient population and a weak and inefficient justice system, JUPED, with MCC support, launched a community-based restorative justice platform called Ti Platfòm Lapè, (Little Platforms of Peace) in 2017. The peace platforms are composed of pastors, teachers, market women, and other community members who have been trained in mediation skills and who meet every fifteen days to hear and resolve cases of conflict and violence in the community.

Coming Home to Kabay

Remis Pierre returned to his home community of Kabay after a stint working in the neighboring Dominican Republic, and has now been able to make a living for himself at home as a result of an MCC agroforestry project. He wants to encourage other young people in his community to "take heart and work together" to make a better future for themselves and their families.

“Mwen pap vire do ba ou, mwen pap janm lage ou.”

Jou aprè tè a te fin tranble a te gen anpil espwa bòkote tout ayisyen, yo tap di yon sèl bagay peyi a pral chanje paske tout moun te mete tèt ansam  paske yo te kwè si yo te ankò vivan genyen yon rezon pou sa e yo te vle eksplwate rezon sa a. se pou tèt sa te gen yon pafèt amou youn pou lòt paske yo te kwè se nan inite yo ka fè peyi a reviv ankò aprè katastrof la.

"I will not leave you nor forsake you"

The day after the earthquake, there was so much hope between all Haitians. They were only saying that the country was going to change because everyone was coming together. This was because they believed they survived for a reason and they wanted to share that reason—for people to have a perfect love for one another because they believed that unity could revive the country again after the catastrophe.

Supporting children's rights in Haiti

Rèstavèk children are typically children who are sent by their parents to work as domestic servants because their parents lack the resources to support them.

MCC is working with partner TIMKATEC to provide primary and professional education, food and lodging and psycho-social support for vulnerable children.

Sharing Hope through Justice

Zanmi Timoun provides incarcerated children with a lawyer and pays the court fees children’s families are unable to pay. With legal representation, most children finally receive a hearing with a judge and are often released soon afterwards.

MCC LACA: Peace Buttons and Education

Every year, MCC LACA brings together partners from around the region for an encounter around a specific theme. This year, we met in Colombia, to talk about education, and to visit an MCC partner, Edupaz, supported school. As always, the gathered practitioners are the experts.

1982: Growing trees and developing leaders in the Artibonite Valley

“Men anpil, chay pa lou” — Many hands make the load lighter

In 2018, MCC is celebrating 60 years of work in Haiti through a series of six stories highlighting each decade.

“When you look at [the Artibonite], you can see there are more trees providing coverage for homes than there were before. If you go up to the mountains, you can see the area of Desarmes is covered in trees. There are a lot of people who have changed their economic situation. They did not have a home, but now, they have a house with a roof so they are covered when the rain comes.”