Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bentley University Student's 5- Year Plan for CHES

Thank you to Bentley University Students who worked on the 5 year! CHES is please with the hard work that you did. A major thank you to your professor Shawn Hauserman who made it all happen! We loved the video that you all worked hard to create for us and it will be playing in the January 16, 2011 "Nou Pap Janm Bliye" ("We will Never Forget") event!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Housing Crisis in Haiti- More homeless months after the quake due to sky high housing prices

I was so sad that to see that many of the organizations that have placed them selves in Haiti to "help" the country are in fact exacerbating the problem! I was surprised to discover that more people became homeless months after the earthquake despite all of the reported housing initiatives that different organizations implemented.

Conversations that I had with Haitians and foreigners residing in the country revealed that the organizations have come in offering homeowners renter fees well over the market rate therefore jacking up housing rent. Many people have had to take to the streets because they are unable to meet the new increases to their rent.

I was surprised to see that all nice properties and even the nicer hotels were occupied my countless different nonprofit entities. I paid the highest car rental fee in my life (being well traveled throughout the world) for vehicles that barely run because the nonprofit organizations came in and rented out all of the car rental companies at top dollar therefore causing transportation costs to rocket as well!

It was such a saddening paradox to see that the help for Haiti is helping the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer. I definitely do not want to take away from the organizations that have gone into the country and have really affected some positive change but there is a serious issue that has arisen as well by nonprofits taking up space in the country and aren't really helping in the end.

See this Yahoo article on this subject:

Monday, October 18, 2010

Muhammad Yunus' Proposed Plan to Help Haiti

What do you think about What Muhammad has to say? I've already read opinions that his plan is "fluffy" and he is not to be idolized because he is a Nobel Peace prize winner for developing microfinancing.

He does present a compelling argument that I believe is worth thinking about but at the same time, to me, he is just presenting something old with new words.


Monday, April 19, 2010

Basic Needs Drive a Success

CHES Basic Needs Drive for Haiti a Success!
CHES US and CHES Haiti worked together to help 100+ Families!

Earthquake Victims Receive CHES Donations
The CHES Basic Needs Drive for Haiti began as a an email campaign with a letter template for individuals to take to their work places and local companies to set-up collection sites. This model proved to be very effective way to engage individuals and organizations. Among the participating organizations were Chartwells at Northeastern University, Harvard University, Excalibur Food Dehydrators, Chef Robert LLC, Bentley University, MassArt, Phoenix University, The Liberty Hotel, and Children's Hospital.

From January 26 to March 6, 2010, CHES collected 200+ boxes at equaled 5,411 pounds of food, clothing, shoes, medical supplies, toiletries, etc. These donations left the US for Haiti on a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship free for charge for Labadee Beach in Northern Haiti on March 19, 2010. They arrived to Haiti on March 26 but due to torrential rain caused the roads to become unusable, CHES Haiti was unable to pick up these boxes until the following week.

We are so proud of our Haitian brothers and sisters in CHES who sent us a detailed distribution plan and a report out of the actual distribution. CHES Haiti repacked the donations for distribution day and organized the distribution by calling the earthquake victims in the area and giving them time slots to come and collect a box for themselves. They distributed 145 boxes made up for a five person family and 115 boxes made up for an individuals. With your help, CHES has touched over 300 lives. To see more pictures, visit our Facebook site.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

We Still Need You to Help Us Help Haiti!

With your help, CHES has been able to donate money to Hopital Bon Samaritain who have been treating earthquake victims. Without you, the drive would not have been successful but there is still so much to do! CHES is wrapping up its short-term relief efforts and now we'd really like to concentrate on longer term efforts in the following areas: education and focusing back on our mission which to help Haitians start-up their own sustainable business.

CHES is looking to raise just $5,000 that can really go a long way in this effort. Sadly at the Universite Chretien du Nord D'Haiti (UCNH), over 100 of their students lost their families, homes and their financial means to pay for their higher education at UCNH due to the earthquake. If we are to have a part in rebuilding Haiti's economy, then we must support the education of the people. They will be the most critical part of the country's recovery and will lead to the self-sustaining Haiti we want to see.

CHES is looking to pick up where it left off on our mission oriented work before January 12. We were working on helping a group of entrepreneurs in the rural town of Semine/Limbe, Haiti draft a business plan for a poultry farm and help raise the money to start up their business! We wish to resume this work which will become more critical then ever in Haiti.

Frantz Verella, Haiti's former Minister of Public Works stated that it is critical to rebuild the rural towns and create jobs in these places before rebuilding the capital. He also spoke about the importance of having strong major universities in the rural areas of Haiti as the population of countryside of Haiti is rising exponentially. CHES is happy to have been already aligned with this view and taking action. However, we cannot do it alone.


If you are unable to support us financially, you can support us by joining our team. We are looking to fill the following positions:
• Treasurer
• Secretary
• Fund Developer
• Writer

Any time and effort you commit will make CHES that much more effective in its impact and reach in Haiti. Please contact us if you are interested in committing a small portion of your time.

Haiti Quake Search

Click on the above link to search for missing persons in Haiti.

Special Thanks to Those Who Have Helped

Thank you to Bill Aulet, Acting director of MIT E-Center for a donation to CHES on his birthday! Thanks to Rose-Ann Ortiz, Cyndi Chan, East Boston Shaws for their donations! Thanks Bentley University for your support and donations!

Free Calls to Haiti from Vonage

Vonage is committed to helping during difficult times. In the wake of the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti, Vonage is currently offering free international dialing to Haiti for all U.S. callers. Dial 800-809-2503 and follow the instructions to place a free 10-min call. Pass this Vonage toll-free number along to n...on-Vonage customers who want to call Haiti. This free calling service to Haiti may be discontinued at any time.

Remember, calls to Haiti are free only if you use this toll-free number to place the call. If you dial from your home phone without using the 800 number, you'll incur standard long-distance charges.

Views From Haiti As It Recovers

This link shows some amazing footage from scenes in of life in Haiti as it recovers from January's devastating earthquake.

Saturday, April 3, 2010


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