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In This Issue
CHES 2010 Summer Trip a Success!
CHES Featured Project
Bentley Students Contributing to CHES Again- This time, a 5 Year Plan
Cholera & Election Chaos in Haiti
Shop CHES!
A Call For Volunteers!
 


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Nou Pap Janm Bliye
 
"We will Never Forget" (Translation)


Wed., January 12, 2011


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CHES is taking part in a Boston-wide conference. Local organizations are coming together to commemorate Haiti's earthquake victims.

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CHES 2010 Summer Trip a Success!
Many thanks to Bentley University and Excalibur Food Dehydrators for contributing to the success of the 2010 CHES summer trip. On this trip, Whit Verkade of Excalibur Food Dehydrators, Shawn Hauserman of Bentley university The experience was truly an impacting one for all who went.

Dr, Pean employees, Rebecca Obounou and CHES Haiti members

 
We visited many parts of the country including the property of Dr. Pierre Pean in Pilate, near the central plateau of the country. We also spent time with CHES Haiti in Limbe Haiti where CHES Haiti hosted a community event. They raised money from the community at the event for a water purification project in their community and CHES matched the money raised in US dollars. A combine total of 1,080 Haitian dollars (5,400 GDS) was donated to the project.

On this trip, we also went to the South of Haiti to survey the needs as well as meet with different organization leaders and business owners. The final part of the trip was spent visiting and studying the devastation of the earthquake. We have pictures on our Facebook Page as well as detailed blog entries about our perspectives on the trip.

CHES Featured Project- A Copy Center
A wonderful outcome of this trip was a business idea for a new venture! CHES Haiti members identified a serious need within their community and formulated a business plan to serve their community. CHES is helping Haitians in Haiti to start up a copy center near the local university, UNCH.

It turns out that many students score less in their classes oftentimes because they turn in papers and other assignment in late due to the lack of access to a computer, internet and printer! CHES and FONKOZE,a well established and respected micro-finance organization in Haiti, to get this business up and running.

We are in the beginning stages of this endeavor and we are looking for donors to contribute the following:
  • Equipment
  • Seed funding
  • Low cost financing

Please contact us if you are interested.

Bentley Students Contributing to CHES Again -
This time, a 5 Year Plan

Under the direction of Professor Shawn Hauserman, Bentley University students from MG 340: Haiti Relief Project have created a 5 year plan for CHES.  This plan includes several innovative ideas that will help CHES go in the right direction and improve on our structure so that we may help Haiti in the most efficient way possible. These ideas include new approaches to funding, ideas for partnerships with other non-profit and for-profit corporations, better communication methods and more recruitment strategies just to name a few.


These students have been working diligently for the past 10 weeks .... We would like to thank the team that worked on this project. 

Thank you for being part of the movement!

Cholera & Election Chaos in Haiti

An outbreak of cholera was confirmed in Haiti on October 21, 2010.  Cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades so cholera outbreaks were considered unlikely in Haiti immediately following the earthquake in January, 2010.  For a cholera outbreak to occur, two conditions have to be met: (1) there must be significant breaches in the water, sanitation, and hygiene infrastructure used by groups of people, permitting large-scale exposure to food or water contaminated with Vibrio cholerae organisms; and (2) cholera must be present in the population; both of these conditions now exist. As of December 14, 2010, a total of 2,323 people have died and 104,614 have been sickened so far due to the cholera epidemic besieging Haiti.

For more information on Cholera in Haiti, please go to the Frequently Asked questions sections on the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/haiticholera/cholera_qa.htm

 

The elections in Haiti disintegrated into chaos on November 28, 2010, after the polls had only been open for a few hours, 12 of the 18 presidential candidates called for the voting to be canceled. The candidates accused the ruling party of rigging the election in favor of its own candidate, Jude Celestin.  Election officials have announced that they will recount the votes, and they have extended an appeals process for candidates who failed to make it into the Jan. 16 runoff. Two of the top three vote-getters, however, say they are refusing to participate in the recount, citing "massive fraud" at the polls. Last week, riots shut down Port-au-Prince. This week, a tense calm has settled on the streets of the Haitian capital. However, it is still unclear how the next president is going to be chosen.


For CHES, this has meant that progress of a couple of our projects have been seriously slowed. Partners and friends of CHES have been negatively impacted by the Cholera. The violence of the elections has confined many people to the safety of their homes. CHES is thinking of these people as they undergo these continued fragile times.

Sources: CDC.Gov,  Foxnews.com + www.npr.org

Shop CHES!
Looking for new ways to make a contribution?  Shop CHES!   Help us create more sustainable enterprises by investing in our new exciting product line which features our slogan: "Chanjman depann de nou!"  - "The change depends on us!"  Below are just a couple items of a very exciting line of products. We have a selection that ranges from mugs to dog shirts!

Be part of the change Haiti so desperately needs!   By purchasing something, you support the work we do in Haiti and the message we are trying to promote. 100% of the proceeds go to Haiti!  Change is possible! Visit our "Shop CHES!" section on our website (www.chesinternational.org)!
 
Earn our promotional items FREE by donating!
  • Star Status 
    • $150-$349 earn a free clothing item of your choice
  • Bronze Status 
    • $350-$549 earn a two free items of your choice
  • Silver Status 
    • $550-$1,000 earn public recognition through our online presence
       
  • Gold Status
    • $1,001 + earn public recognition through our online presence and an engraved plaque from CHES!

Buy Wester Desamour's Album, "First Step" on our Website!

We are most grateful to the most talented bass guitarist, composer and arranger Wester Desamour for helping CHES fundraise. The proceeds from the sales of his CDs will go to support us. We have a feature with more information about this talented artist on our website.

A Call for Volunteers!
You can donate some time and make a difference!
Everyone in CHES is currently working as part-time volunteers. It will not always be this way. We are looking to move the organization toward the hiring of fulltime staff. Until we can achieve that goal, CHES is looking for professional people who can commit a modest portion of their time. CHES needs people who are willing to the organization to that end while being fun and professional. In CHES, we seek to treat each other with love and respect. We are a close knit team that looks out for the welfare of each other. We are looking for people to fill the following roles:
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Fund Developer (2)
  • Marketing/Promotion (2)
  • Web Developer
  • Legal

Visit our website www.chesinternational.org for more details about these openings.