February 7 , 2013
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SPECIAL HAITI EDITION
Three years after an earthquake devastated the lives of Haitians, MCC continues to respond to basic human needs and work for peace and justice.
Haiti tent cabaret
Hope on the horizon
Evancia Louis, 17, hangs laundry in the garden outside the one-room tent where she and her parents have been living for the past two years. Just over the fence are 50 new duplexes, including one that she and her parents hope to move into soon. In addition to the earthquake-resistant houses, people moving into this community from tents will have a community center, playground and marketplace. The project was coordinated by MCC partner Christian Center for Integrated Development and paid for by MCC earthquake response donations and Canadian International Development Agency funding. 
Community center promotes peace
Haiti soccer SAKALA
Soccer is used as a way to promote peace among young people in Cite Soleil, the biggest slum in Port-au-Prince and an area known for violence and gangs. Young people from conflicting neighborhoods are put on the same soccer teams where they learn to know each other and cooperate as they play the game they all enjoy. The Community Center for Alternative Peace in the background, built with MCC funding, has become a hub of peace and safety in the community, where many people lost jobs in Port-au-Prince because of the earthquake.

 

Enticing the talent to stay in Haiti
college students
To help prepare Haitian professionals who are committed to rebuilding Haiti, MCC is supporting university education for 12 students from impoverished families. Four are among those pictured here. Through their leadership training, they are learning about their responsibility to "be the change they want to see in the world," several students said. MCC began working with Haitian Education Leadership Program last year and will continue supporting the 12 students through their degree studies.

 

Haiti trauma Rosemene Jean Louis talks about the trauma she experienced when she lost her arm because of the earthquake and  her dream of becoming a nurse. However, she eventually was able to continue nurses training and in the process was invited to take a trauma healing workshop, offered by Wozo, an MCC partner. She now helps other people with disabilities deal with their trauma, working under the direction of Harry Thelusma, left, of Wozo.

restavek Single mother Rose Menita St. Jean in Carrefour Sanon, Haiti, was recently reunited with her son who working in Port-au-Prince as a restavek child, an unpaid household servant. Parents of restavek children are typically impoverished and agree to let their children go to Port-au-Prince with "kind" people on false promises of a better life.
 
To make it possible for the children to return home, MCC is working with its partners to build homes, pay school fees and provide grants for small businesses, like St. Jean's, so parents can support their children. (Church World Service Photo/Margot De Greef)

Vocational school trains students outside capital
Gasa girl Rosie Thanis, 19, was studying in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake destroyed the house where she lived. An orphan, she moved to her hometown of Desarmes.

She decided not to return to the capital because living in the countryside was cheaper and she could become an electrician at Desarmes Professional School.
  
The school has been expanded since the earthquake, as part of MCC's plan to help create a community with enough services that its residents don't need to go to Port-au-Prince for school and jobs. Support for the school's expansion comes from Canadian International Development Agency and MCC. The school is run by Groupe D'Accord Solidarite Action,  a group of professionals living in Desarmes. 
Want to know more? Check out the Q&A on the Haiti earthquake page. Photos above were taken by Silas Crews, MCC photographer and multimedia producer, unless otherwise indicated. The stories were gathered on a recent trip to Haiti with Linda Espenshade, MCC U.S. news coordinator.
ServiceService opportunities
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Program coordinator, MCC East Coast -- Philadelphia, Pa.
Community engagement and events coordinator --  Winnipeg, Man.
Relief manager, New Hamburg Thrift Centre -- New Hamburg, Ont.

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Low German Mennonite program development worker, #1 -- Nuevo Casas Grandes, Mexico
Low German Mennonite program development worker, #2 -- Nuevo Ideal, Mexico
Agricultural extensionist -- Machanga, Mozambique
Program assistant -- San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Peace coordinator -- Jos, Nigeria
Health Programs coordinator -- Tanzania 
 
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GivingGiving: Trees for Haiti

Trees aren't just for shade and comfort in Haiti. They protect sources of clean water, prevent landslides from destroying gardens and houses and provide fruit for health and income. Consider giving to Haiti's tree program today.



OppressionHousing and gold mining in Haiti
ChegesKristen and Wawa Chege, MCC Haiti policy analysts, write about the housing needs that continue in Haiti three years after the earthquake and the potential for gold mining in the north to bring needed income to the country -- if Haiti can prevent it from being exploited by other countries. See their post on the MCC Latin America Policy Blog.

 
Mennonite Central Committee: Relief, development and peace in the name of Christ 
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