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Christine recounts her meeting with the Women’s Co-op in Chermaitre, Haiti:
The meeting with the women’s co-op was invigorating. We opened the meeting with the women singing to us and bringing us into their community. As we delved into the meeting, it was clear this was not a soft-spoken group of people. There was an exuberant atmosphere […]

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Grace and Sam share their experiences in Haiti:

Haiti was an incredible experience in terms of personal growth, relationships, and information gathering for all initiatives, especially education. We started by visiting the Secondary School and having a meeting with our 22 scholarship recipients. Facing the six girls and sixteen boys, it was a little awkward at […]

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Daniel Elendu ’19 and Sabrina Perry ’20 recount the experience of representing the Reforestation Team on the Haiti Trip: 
Being on the Reforestation Team for the March 2017 Haiti Trip allowed us connect with people and visualize our impact and through that, understand the project. Our first activity during the trip was a visit to Fondasyon […]

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Alan Gutierrez ‘18, one of the students who traveled to Haiti in March 2017, recounts his experience:
 
It’s simple. When you and I are thirsty, we get up and have a drink of water. But what if you can’t? What if clean water is nearly impossible to come by? What then? Would you risk cholera to […]

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Our Time in Chermaitre

Alan:  I must confess that the climb to Chermaître has been the boogeyman of this entire trip. Since coming to Haiti I have wondered if I will be strong enough to make the climb but all those fears were dispelled by two little Haitian boys named Schneider and Livingston. They were my guides up the […]

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Up the mountain we go!

The time has finally come! Our group of March trippers is ready to hike up the mountain to Chermaitre. Here are their thoughts as they prepare for another five days of adventure in the rural village.
Andrew:  The group is doing so well, being super supportive of one another and soaking in experience after experience.  Now […]

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Arriving Haiti!

Vassar Haiti’s Project’s March 2017 trip began on Sunday, with Port-au-Prince as their first stop. This year, Lila and Andrew Meade, the two co-founders of the Project, are accompanied by Jackie Eiting (board member), Manning Wu ’14 (VHP alumna), and ten Vassar students, who cannot wait to share their experiences so far.

Alan: What strikes me most […]

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On the evening of February 10 at Vassar College, the Vassar Haiti Project held She Is, a formal gala filled with great performances and delicious food. The event was dedicated to the inspiring women of the world, with proceeds collected to support the Women’s Cooperative in VHP’s partner village, Chermaitre, Haiti. The first Women’s Gala […]

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Love Has No Language

Alex: Lila often told our partners in Haiti that the people of Haiti teach us how to care for the world.  I couldn’t think of a more accurate way to describe how much I learned about both humanity and myself from our experience in Haiti.  There really is no way that I can accurately describe […]

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The Boy with the Cutest Laugh

Melanie Lai Wai ’16, VHP’s VP for Merchandise and representative for the Education Initiative in Haiti, wrote this post about her experience meeting a secondary school student in Chermaitre.
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“Wow! Ho ho ho!”
This morning I met the boy with the cutest laugh in Chermaitre. As I strolled out of a classroom in our primary school, ready […]

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