2020 Pen Pal Exchange Wrap Up

Last week a packet of about 80 letters completed its journey from Haiti to its final destination in Seattle. We were able to finally wrap up the 2019/20 pen pal exchange after several delays caused by the 2019 protests and COVID-19. We want to give a big thank you to Ms. Polda's class in Seattle … Continue reading 2020 Pen Pal Exchange Wrap Up

2020 Trip Update 3 — With Photos

Bonsoir. Our trip to Caneille was wonderful. You can check out updates 1 and 2 and we'll provide the last of the details here. In this second half of the week, Oliver and I hosted a parent meeting with 150+ community members. We asked what success stories they've seen from students who have graduated from … Continue reading 2020 Trip Update 3 — With Photos

2020 Trip Update 2

Salut! Hello again. Oliver and I are having a fun, productive, safe time in Haiti. On Wednesday, Oliver, Bastia, and I drove just past Hinche to visit a CASEC member. In 2018, CRDF hosted 10 CASEC members for a Leadership and Nonprofit Development workshop in Appleton, WI. CASEC members are elected officials in Haiti, similar … Continue reading 2020 Trip Update 2

2020 Trip Update 1

Bonjour! Rebecca here. I’m the board president of CRDF. I first traveled to Haiti in 2007 and am so happy to be have traveled to Haiti again and again over the past seventeen years. This time, I’m visiting with Oliver, a co-founder of CRDF and current treasurer. In the past year, we had to cancel … Continue reading 2020 Trip Update 1

Haiti, 10 years after the earthquake

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7 earthquake hit Haiti's most heavily-populated area. The aftermath, much of which wouldn't be realized and counted until months and years later, was unimaginable. According to NPR, "The earthquake's main shock lasted almost 30 seconds. A series of aftershocks soon followed. An estimated 220,000 died, though Haiti's official estimates … Continue reading Haiti, 10 years after the earthquake