“For me, my experiences in Haiti have given me a true appreciation for the access we have to health care, clean water and sustainable nutrition, which are the fundamental goals of Consider Haiti.”
“In the mountain villages where we hold pediatric clinics, we are the only health care these children receive each year. There is no hospital or doctor’s office; there is no one who routinely comes up to check on these children. It is us.”
“I am hoping the grassroots connection between Asheville and Haiti, and helping spread and share the love, will become Asheville’s best export,” says Ashleigh Stoia, Consider Haiti’s public relations representative. “We know our message will resonate with Ashevilleans who really want to make a long-term difference.”
After years of mistaken association with MANNA FoodBank and Mission Health, Mission Manna has changed its name to Consider Haiti. However, the nonprofit’s desire to help the Haitian children remains the same. (photo courtesy of Consider Haiti)
Former UNCA student Lorin Mallorie updates us on her work in Haiti with The Compassion Project.
Twice a year, a team from Asheville-based Mission Manna travels to Haiti to provide healthcare to children living in and around the town of Montrouis.
America Green International is mounting a local campaign to deliver 1,000 solar light bulbs to Haitian refugees.
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.
Asheville’s connection to Haiti is built on the ongoing passions of locals. Here’s a look at what a few of those individuals are up to.
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.
A report from two sets of Ashevilleans helping in Haiti, one fighting the cholera epidemic, the other bringing appropriate technologies to an orphanage.
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.
“Arrived Montrouis late last night after dark drive from Port au Prince. Good to be here!” was the word Saturday night from a group of Asheville doctors, nurses and volunteers from Mission Manna who fly regularly to Haiti to provide health services.
We see a lot of extremes in Haiti. Beautiful kids living in dire poverty, for example. Last night we saw a rainbow on one side of the mountain, and a breath-taking sunset on the other.
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.
Coverage (via Twitter) of tonight’s (Sept. 7) panel presentation on Haiti as seen by medical volunteers from Asheville’s Mission Manna and other relief groups.