Former UNCA student Lorin Mallorie updates us on her work in Haiti with The Compassion Project.
An Asheville non-profit group has embarked on a bold housing solution for earthquake-ravaged Haiti: homes from shipping containers, readily available and unused in many developing countries.
What’s the future hold? Here are a few hints from the HATCH festival, held in Asheville April 15-19. Gaming notions Like the Grateful Dead? This August, Curious Sense is releasing a virtual, social-networking Deadhead game where players can scavenger hunt for VW Beetles in real life and post photos online for points. But video games […]
One Haitian orphanage has harnessed its passion and hit the road: With raging drum beats, colorful cultural costumes, theatrical choreography and leaping gymnastic feats, this weekend’s Orange Peel and YMI performances are sure to leave you energized, hopeful and even inspired, no matter what your connection with Haiti.
In our Dec. 8 issue, UNCA student Lorin Mallorie shared the story of local doctors and volunteers helping Haiti in its latest health crisis. Click through to view a video interview with some of those volunteers, including Asheville’s own Dr. Derek Dephouse.
Skin covered with blistering scabs, the little girl stares at the “blanc” doctor examining her wounds. An older boy, another orphan, gently unbuttons the strap on her pink dress and lifts her arm, revealing a yellow, golf-ball-sized abscess protruding from black skin. She starts to cry. To learn more about Mission MANNA and how you […]
Protests broke out just hours into voting, with accusations of ballot tampering by the current government and their favored candidate, Jude Celestine and his party — and I found myself once again fleeing Petionville, just ahead of angry protestors …
Asheville-based journalist Lorin Mallorie posted a few Twitter observations from Haiti regarding the breakdown of order on Nov. 18.
Cholera has reached Commune Anse Rouge. “Five more people have died since I last wrote you,” Amber Munger e-mailed me on Monday, Nov. 15. … Few understand cholera, and so anyone who gets it has an automatic death sentence, even though it could be simply treated with hydration formula, she said.
All eyes gaze up at the sky, nervously, as the gray creeps across like a demon. Hurricane Tomas comes early. For those who can leave, it is a mass exodus up the mountain: Traffic, fear and uncertainty.
“This cholera epidemic highlights the importance of sanitation,” Munger said. Residents in La Sous are asking for composting toilets, a sustainable solution to the situations that cause epidemics like cholera.
With the depravity and desperation of Port-au-Prince’s homeless increasing every day, there is nothing more hopeful than the smile of a happy Haitian child in a safe and loving environment.
When I heard the whispers of a Wyclef Jean presidential bid, I simply dismissed them. It seemed like an impossible concept, water-cooler talk — something fun to debate: Could he, would he run, this 37-year-old Haitian musician, and of late, politician, who moved to the U.S. with his family when he was 9 years old. After the announcement was official, Deva Krishna, the unemployed musician in the video spoke to me of his concerns, worries of corruption in Wyclef’s organization…
UNCA alumna and Oregon Law School graduate Amber Munger captivated Asheville after the Jan. 12 earthquake, when her plea-for-help ran on the front page of the Asheville Citizen-Times. Now, Munger has founded her own nonprofit, the Article 29 Organization, working with Haitian peasantry in Commune Anse Rouge, five hours north of Haiti’s capital.
Descending into the waterfall’s basin, the mass of bodies becomes its own living, breathing entity. Moving together in one vibration, in exuberant celebration of all life’s glories and defeats, the drums, horns and songs rise above the waterfall’s massive force.
So starts Asheville journalist Lorin Mallorie’s report from last week’s Sodo celebration.
Just above the capital, in Kenscoff, Haiti, life has a different tempo, a slower vibe. This is country life: the “Real Haiti” as they say. Quiet, slow: Cool and relaxed. And, like the rest of Haiti outside Port-au-Prince, it seems there are no jobs at all. We went to the Dynamic English Club, and threw a party. And what a party it was.
“There are places I go that I cannot take you. Where the air is thick with poverty, misery and disease. Where the rivers run deep with garbage and despair. Where there is no work, no help and no future — but this is not one of those places,” writes Asheville-based Lorin Mallorie, who has, once again, gone to Haiti.
Three months before I was due to graduate and launch a career as a print journalist, the realization struck like a lightning bolt: I want to make movies. Go figure. With my rational mind furiously battling my heart, the easiest thing would be simply to sideline my vision and walk stiffly out into the working […]
Editor's note: Shortly before Christmas, UNCA senior Lorin Mallorie traveled to Haiti at the invitation of UNCA alumna Amber Munger, who gave a lecture on her work there last fall (see "Gratitude, Hugs and Tears," March 3 Xpress). Wanting to dig deeper, Mallorie returned to Haiti last month, using the contacts she'd made during her […]