Tag Archives: Earthquake

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

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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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.

A Time to Laugh, a Time to Cry: Haiti–Jan. 12, 2010

11 Dec

Myrlande “M.C” Charelus


4:53 p.m. of Jan. 12, 2010, one side of the country, known as The Antilles Pearl or Haiti, has completely turned off. 4:53 didn’t just mark a time but it symbolized a time that Haiti will never be the same. 4:53, the house was shaking, dancing, and things were falling everywhere. The door vigorously shook back and forth while Jeff Etienne was fighting to get out of the house. Etienne’s mom was calling out in Creole, “Jesus, Jesus” she couldn’t understand what was going on but there was no way in hell Etienne could’ve helped his mother.

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