Observation: Millions of North Americans think only of Haitians as “poor.”
Observation: Hundreds of organizations serving Haiti design projects and objectives to serve their boards and donors — not the recipients.
Each of these scenarios, well meaning as they are, offer a recipe for disaster overseas. GIVE & TAKE: DOING OUR DAMNEDEST NOT TO BE ANOTHER CHARITY IN HAITI is the first book to describe both the logistical and emotional process that took place over a six-year partnership with Lamontay, an agrarian community in rural Haiti. Haselhoef chronicles 2007 to 2013: from her first trip to Haiti with a medical mission, through the founding of her non-profit organization, the joys and frustrations of running an organization to encourage leadership (both in a male-dominated country and 1,900 miles commute), to its close after 40-plus projects.
Punctuated with anecdotes about the Haitian locals and those giving charity from the States, GIVE AND TAKE offers humorous, thoughtful, and honest insights on both: Was the cook’s assistant really named Vagina? What is the real function of giving? And, why should a charity start with an exit strategy?
Each reader will see the human dilemmas that challenge the author’s values or preconceived notions, identify their own principles in these relationships, and recognize a better way to effect their charitable acts — both as an organization and as an individual.