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THE HAITI EXPERIMENT

Amid the Wreckage of a Country Once Rich Beyond Measure, a Chance to Rebuild 

The Haiti Experiment is Hugh Locke’s fascinating and heartwarming account of his efforts to help the people of this impoverished nation. His principal companion on this journey is hip-hop musician Wyclef Jean. Together they endure triumph, heartbreak, and ultimately trial-by-media for their labors as co-founders of the charitable organization Yéle Haiti. Locke traces the roots of Haiti’s loss of economic power to key events in its history, and offers a revealing and irreverent portrait of the inner workings of global agribusiness and foreign aid. Locke had been accustomed to working with heads of state and royalty, but in Haiti, he negotiates with gangsters in… read more

 

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News & Updates

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February 5, 2013 | The Ecologist
Millions of Trees Improve Life in Haiti
The Ecologist's Lorna Howarth reports on news and action from the environmental frontline.... Haiti seems to have more than its fair share of environmental disasters, with a massive earthquake and severe hurricanes affecting the country in the last three years alone... more

January 28, 2013 | CNBC
Timberland Helps Haiti Plant 2 Million Trees, and Counting
Three years after committing to plant 5 million trees in five years, Timberland shares progress of improved environmental, economic and social conditions in the rural region near Gonaives, Haiti.  In partnership with a local non-governmental organization, the Smallholder Farmers Alliance... more

January 24, 2013 | Smallholder Farmers Alliance
Haitian Farmers Provide Their Own Relief Aid Following Hurricane Sandy
When hurricane Sandy caused colossal damage to Haiti’s agricultural sector last October, the Government and international donors stepped forward to provide seed and rice to help farmers recover from crop losses that ranged from 40 to 70 percent... more 

December 30, 2012 | Smallholder Farmers Alliance
Microfinance Service for Women Farmers in Haiti
It has long been a dream of Caroline Cius to have a shop in the front yard of her home and be able to supplement the income from the farm that she and her husband run near the small community of Pont-Philippe, about 20 minutes northwest of the Haitian city of Gonaives... more 

September 28, 2012 | Le Nouvelliste
Regard critique de Hugh Locke sur l'aide internationale à Haïti 
Hugh Locke, cofondateur de YéléHaiti avec Wyclef Jean et Jerry Duplessis, plaide en faveur de la redéfinition des rapports entre Haïti et la communauté internationale. Les six années passées à la direction de YéléHaïti lui ont permis de voir les dessous... more