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Be Aware: Haiti and its ‘so-called’ NGOs

9 Oct

img_0094Haiti has once again hit with another catastrophe, hurricane Matthew. A hurricane that left many people killed, homeless, ruined from all their crops and livestock- a “no exit” situation.

Will Haiti ever catch a break? From hurricane Jeanne in 2004- one of the deadliest hurricanes in the Caribbean, that killed approximately 3000 people from Gonaives alone, a commune in northern part of Haiti. Hurricane Jeanne caused many devastating floods and mudslides. Four years later, in 2008, hurricane Gustav, Hanna and Ike once again hit Haiti.

And when we thought we have been through it all; then, 2010’s earthquake happened. A large scale of earthquake that struck down the island, killing over 160,000 of people and leaving many injured, physically and mentally. For the past six years, we, Haitians, have struggled to rebuild our country- most importantly, rebuilding our mental selves. A process that seems like taking eternity!

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I Am Haiti

13 Jan

I am Haiti

Haiti is Power       Today marks three years since my beautiful island, Haiti, was taken away from me. It is one of these days that I will never forget, it seems like it happened yesterday; although we are now commemorating the third year since the devastating disaster. I lost my childhood memory in less than one minute, 35 seconds to be exact. I lost numerous family members, friends and classmates; most importantly, my children will never know where their mother grew up or where I went to school.

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My 2012 Year Timeline

1 Jan

By: Myrlande “M.C” Charelus
Mcharel@eagle.fgcu.edu

My 2012 Year Timeline

photo Conventionally, this is the time that countless people are taking to reflect and write about their 2013 resolution. While some are contemplating about taking a leap of faith by shifting to a new chapter or losing weight, others are just grateful for everything that they have been blessed with. On the other hand, there are also people who are updating their statuses with the negative experiences they had during 2012, but I opted out and prefer to focus on the positive aspects of 2012. Although I lost a few family members that were dear to me like my uncle, my mom’s only brother, I didn’t expect life to be sweet all the time. Thus, complaining about it won’t bring back what I lost or make me feel better. The only positive thing I can do is to move forward. That’s what I am going to do!

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Confession of a Haitian working for an American non-profit organization in Haiti

17 Jul

My name is Myrlande Charelus, commonly known as MC. I am a native Haitian. I just thought this was a proper way to start writing this blog. While I was interning in Washington D.C last year, I made a vow to God that I was going to dedicate three months of my life to volunteer either in Haiti or Africa, specifically Rwanda. Not knowing lots about out-of-country internships, I decided to ask my colleagues about it.

Although Haiti was at the top of my list, Rwanda was my number one choice. I knew I wanted to go somewhere I was not familiar. I just wanted to blend within and do what God’s intended me to do. As I spoke to my colleagues about my goals for the next summer, here’s the exact answer I got from one of them, “how do you expect people to help your country when you’re not doing it yourself?” “How do you expect to go clean other people’s home when yours is unclean?” for days I thought about his comments; at first I really didn’t like any of it. I was offended and I didn’t really need others to make my decision anymore. I donated money when I needed to, I prayed about Haiti; I thought to myself that was it. I prayed about it and think about it every single day. Then one day God spoke to me about it and then I finally realized that I needed to do more. There, choice was made. Haiti was my final decision.

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My Biggest Regret: A Young Girl’s Life in Haiti

13 Jul

By Myrlande “M.C” Charelus

mcharel@eagle.fgcu.edu

Port-au-Prince, Haiti— For those of you who are keeping up with my blog on WordPress, friends with me on Facebook or are following me on Twitter; I constantly talk about her, so you might have read about little Blondina a lot. Blondina is a little girl I have connected with from day one, ever since I started working in Haiti. At first she was my long lost sister from another mother; but then I started to treat her like she was my own daughter and sometimes, we even have the same approach toward certain things.  Below is an article, updating you about her current living condition in Haiti.

Blondina Verney was abandoned by her mother, Linda Pierre, when she was five years old. According to Martine Decius, her foster parent, she was later dropped at a neighbor’s house, where Verney wouldn’t eat unless the people around the neighborhood would cook and hand her something.  Two years ago, Pierre’s brother found Verney and brought her to “Tree of Life”, an orphanage situated in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  “Tree of Life” is a home that accepted children from newborns to 18-years-old who were either orphans or whose parents couldn’t take care of them.  For children whose parents are capable of sending them to school, a child is supposed to be able to attend school by the age of three; but in Verney’s case, she had never been to school until she started school at “Tree of Life” at the age of five.

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Thirty-year-old orphan Haitian woman become loving mother to 29 children

25 Jun

Myrlande “M.C” Charelus

mcharel@eagle.fgcu.edu

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Martine Decius, a 30-year-old orphaned Haitian woman, became the loving mother to 29 young children in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Decius was born in Port-au-Prince, the country’s capital, in1981. Her father passed away when she was only 12 years old, leaving her to be raised by her mother and her three other siblings. During the devastating 2010 earthquake that struck Haiti, Decius lost her mother and lost contact with her siblings. She has been on her own ever since.

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Haiti’s Earthquake Anniversary

12 Jan

So today will have marked the second year since the earthquake struck my beautiful island, which is the pearl of Antilles or Haiti. In remembrance of those who lost their lives, the Haitian Students Organization, known as H.S.O at Florida Gulf Coast University will be hosting both a balloon’s release and a candle light vigil tonight on campus. So, if you have nothing to do tonight or feel like you want to do something productive, please come out and support us. Not only will there be a lot of performances, but did I mention the Haitian patties? umm, well, I will be there, performing both in Creole and English. this will be a fun show hosted by my lovely Haitian Jessica Doricent: featuring Sho Zoe, Fla Amazin, Disco and others. It’s a show you don’t want to miss.

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