Konbit in color
Recently, I got to participate in my first Konbit, a gathering where the entire MCC staff team from both the Dezam office and the Port-au-Prince office gathers for several days of meetings and updates. The name Konbit comes from the beloved Haitian tradition of collective labor, a vital part of rural agricultural life. During the harvest or anytime there’s a labor-intensive project, people will convene a konbit of their neighbors, providing food and music and rum in exchange for help and camaraderie. It’s a pretty beautiful tradition.
For my contribution, I wanted to bring a creative activity to our Konbit, something to mix up the many hours of sitting in a conference room. I’m a habitual doodler, and I pay attention better when I’m doing something with my hands, so I decided to make Haiti-themed coloring book sheets for us. The coloring pages include common Haitian proverbs and imagery inspired by the Haitian landscape: leaves, flowers, and rolling mountains.
The coloring was a big hit! (and maybe improved our focus?)
Ekip MCC showing off pages in progress!
To color along, click on the text below for PDF copies that you can print out!
- Piti piti zwazo fè nich li – Little by little, the bird makes its nest. (Even big challenges can be tackled little by little.)
- MCC - featuring moringa, palm, and breadfruit leaves.
- Men anpil, chay pa lou – Many hands make light work.
- Dèyè mòn, gen mòn – Beyond mountains, there are mountains. This sobering proverb reflects on the seemingly endless suffering Haiti experiences. While it’s not very hopeful, I couldn’t resist the imagery.
Madeline Kreider Carlson discovered a passion for global craft traditions as a child, while tagging along on volunteer shifts at Ten Thousand Villages. Hailing from Minnesota, she has worked with artisans and fair trade businesses across four continents. Madeline works as a Designer & Product Developer with MCC partner Comite Artisanal Haitien. You can follow Madeline on her personal blog. Read more of Madeline's reflections on her experience in Haiti.
Read about Madeline's first reflections on Haiti "Byenvini ann Ayiti'