Do you remember the first time you spoke in front of an audience? Were your palms sweaty, was your heart pumping fast, did you feel a bit light-headed? Book selling requires lots of speaking — from the 90-minute multi-media presentation to the 30-second elevator type. As a second generation member of Toastmasters International, I’ve honed my speaking
(see video excerpt at https://vimeo.com/116512734) Community Supported Film, lead by award-winning documentarian Michael Sheridan, provided five weeks of intensive film-making training to Haitian community members. His compilation of shorts allows viewers to experience Haiti as it is lived since the earthquake by street vendors, business women, artists, farmers, and other individuals. The shorts carry a
Lake Geneva Regional News, April 2 edition by John Halverson, General Manager, Lake Geneva Regional News Judy Haselhoef’s book can be read on several levels. First, as a field guide to creating a charity that works. Second, as a personal story of the Haitian people and those who try to help them.
“It’s the honest account, sometimes painfully and poignantly so, of one woman’s quite-personal journey, a tale woven through vivid scene-setting and immersive storytelling.”
Thanks to all of those who purchased or reviewed Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti. Amazon.com listed it as an Amazon Best Seller under Haitian Travel Guides — beating out, for the moment, the great writer Edwidge Danticat. PS. More copies still available on Amazon.com and JOHaselhoef.com. Now
Give and Take is such a wonderful rendition of the work Haselhoef has been doing, and I am sure others involved in this depth of concern and action will be inspired to read it. I was amazed to be able to see how much tenacity it takes to work between communities of concerns — like boards and
on Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti — “A heartfelt introduction to the perils and also to the joys of trying to be of use in Haiti.“ photo: dornsife-blogs.usc.edu
At last an accurate, candid, yet fair picture of Western charity on the ground in Haiti. We’ve all heard the glowing reports of returned short-term mission-trippers who have “transformed” the lives of the poor. We’ve also heard the damning critiques of how well-meaning do-gooders have inflicted severe damage in their naïve attempts to help. Judy
Give & Take: Doing Our Damnedest NOT to be Another Charity in Haiti will be published in February. Within the month, I will have transformed from the “non-profit administrator whose organization partners with Haitians” into “the author who documents it.” That change, which took the last two years to effect, does not happen without anxiety.
The first Haitians invited to design and manage a community project of their choosing were stunned. “Thank you for believing in us,” they wrote. So began the venture of providing seed money for 40+ Haitian projects in six years. Haselhoef’s superb writing immerses readers in their thoroughly human struggles and joys–the treasured gift of partnering across