About the Author: Haselhoef has spent the last 15 years developing communities in multi-cultural environments. As a holder of a Masters in Fine Arts, Visual Art, with an emphasis in conceptual social art, she has been involved with marginalized groups, among them dementia patients, individuals with special needs, and high school students in alternative educational settings. Each dialogue allowed her the opportunity to hear values exchanged, bringing disparate entities (within or exterior to those populations) to build on common ground.
She has documented her work with photographs and video and distributed her work through popular culture (i.e., the web, public access television, community newspapers) and non-traditional exhibition venues such as libraries, storefronts, and residential front yards.
About the blog, The Humanity Conversation: Haselhoef continues to use words and photographs to document her experiences with people and their lives, here and abroad. Her blogs and articles appear at
About the Book (GIVE & TAKE: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti)
Edit: Lane Sailer, Minneapolis, MN
Cover: Art Boun, Lamontay, Haiti
Author Photograph: Amanda Zingsheim
Book Preparation: JETLAUNCH, Rochester, MN
Proofreading: Fred Noer, Burlington, WI
Haselhoef began GIVE & TAKE in 2010 while in Haiti. At night, she stayed up later than her travel colleagues and looked for something to do that was quiet and needed only the light from a headlamp. She began writing summaries of the day’s events, always careful to tie up the loose ends.
Two years later, realizing she had the beginnings of a book or a huge number of articles, Haselhoef joined writing groups and workshops to help her progress. She completed the first draft of the book during November 2012, National Novel Writing Month. 2013 and 2014 were spent re-writing, editing, and proofing until the book’s publication on February 26, 2015.
Haselhoef has four words of wisdom for first-time authors: “outline” and “believe you can.”
About the Organization, Yonn Ede Lot Association:
The organization obtained its non-profit status in 2007 and closed its doors in June of 2013. Projects completed during its six years in partnership with the people of Lamontay are described here with photo and map and organized by Haitian association responsible, project type, year completed, and location.