All tagged Food

Celebrate Haiti's Independence with Soup Joumou, Haitian Squash Soup

Haiti's history is truly remarkable. After hundreds of years of brutal slavery as part of the French colonial empire, the slaves on the French-controlled part of the island of Hispaniola (present day Haiti and the Dominican Republic) rebelled and overthrew the French, creating the world's first black republic in 1804. On January 1st, Haiti celebrates that independence, and a central part of that celebration is soup joumou.

SALT Reflection: Making coffee in the countryside

Annalee Giesbrecht is a one-year SALT (Serving and Learning Together) staff member who joins the MCC Haiti team as a communications assistant.

During the three weeks I spent in orientation in Desarmes, I learned many things: how to ride a mule up a mountain (hold on tight), how to get on a moto taxi (not from the side with burning hot exhaust pipe), how to wait out a hurricane (with friends).

Haitian Squash Soup, Soup Joumou

Dieujuste Saint-Surain stands in his field in Senk-Pòt, Haiti, holding up two freshly harvested joumou (Haitian Creole for calabaza squash). He hands one over with a smile. It is cool, smooth and surprisingly heavy for its size. Haiti has seen two years of drought, and this culturally and nutritionally important food is becoming harder to find in local markets.

Haitian Pikliz

It is a big week for us. Friday marked our first official day as country representatives, and tomorrow we are moving into our new house. The thought of unpacking after 6 months makes me giddy! This week's transition seems more final than the previous ones, it feels like we have finally arrived at our destination, Haiti is home. (...)