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Thursday, April 5, 2012

International Medical Corps

A Haitian nurse demonstrates her newly learned knowledge of CPR.

A nurse practices CPR on a mannequin during the emergency training course.

Dr. Fabiola Milfortpic treats a Haitian child.

Marie Kaline Chery community volunteer.

Haitian nurses practice proper emergency response techniques during a training course.

A nurse receives her certificate of completion from the Emergency Care Development Program.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012


Employees learn new skills at INDEPCO factory.

Tailors work at INDEPCO factory.

Haitian employees at an atelier in Port-au-Prince

Employees at an atelier in Port-au-Prince.

Tailoring students at INDEPCO factory.

Former President Bush meets with INDEPCO general manager Hans Garoute.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Creating a Better Tomorrow in Haiti

I'm Keith Recker, the founder of HAND/EYE Fund--a Clinton Bush Haiti Fund working partner in Haiti.  HAND/EYE is working alongside RTM Ltd to establish the Haiti Artisan Business Network, with essential Fund support. Our goal is to improve the business services available to Haitian artisans so that they can export more effectively and profitably...and more frequently, too! Helping artisans succeed is integral to HAND/EYE's mission: we work all over the world to document and publish the creative work of artisans, artists, and designers whose efforts lift up their communities. Check out our stories about Haiti at

The strength of the Artisan Business Network comes from the Haitian entrepreneurs and artisans who are working hard to build successful handmade businesses. Every time I travel to Haiti I am so impressed with the inventiveness of the people we work with. During a recent trip to Jacmel, on Haiti's southern coast, a volunteer designer colleague and I were able to develop over four dozen new designs. There was nothing our papier mache experts Pascale Faublas and Pierre Edgar Satyr wouldn't try. What resulted was beautiful, and holds real promise for future commerce.

Haitians don't really want charity: they want business. They want real, enduring opportunity to make it on their own. And they can--with their talent and hard work. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's help with the Artisan Business Network is creating opportunities that are very much needed for a better tomorrow for Haiti.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Martha Stewart visits Haiti

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is dedicated to rebuilding the lives and livelihoods of Haitians through innovative activities. Our recent grant of $1.1 million to three great organizations hits on several of the key areas where such activity is needed: jump-starting an expanding small and growing businesses, supporting the transition from an underground economy to a formal one, and supporting job creation.

One of the organizations that received our grant is HAND/EYE Fund. The HAND/EYE Fund, created in 2010, is going to use its $535,876 grant to help connect artisan groups to US markets, and support skilled artisans through grants to artisan cooperatives. In Haiti, HAND/EYE is connecting artists to global markets, further invigorating the Haitian artisan sector.

HAND/EYE is working to create the Artisan Business Network to provide artisan groups with product development and communication tools. The Network will help the artisans effectively and efficiently design and export their work, and employ additional artisans as business with Haiti expands. The newly formed Network is expected to help generate and facilitate new orders with other retailers, most notably Anthropologie.

Martha, with designer Rachel Roy (left), met with artisans from across the country.

In July, Martha Stewart and fashion designer Rachel Roy joined Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren in visiting several artisan communities. HAND/EYE is working with Macy's on an order for the fall.

"Our relationships in Haiti demonstrate how retail can change the world," explains Lundgren. "With a little planning and a little effort, we can open up opportunities for people largely excluded from global commerce. The resulting income has a profound impact for artisan families and a ripple effect in their communities."

If we are to continue successfully reconstructing Haiti and building a sustainable future for the country, we need private-sector-driven growth that happens from within. This fundamental belief is what drove our investment in HAND/EYE, which at its very core is about putting Haitians back to work. We look forward to continuing to make smart investments that create an environment for vibrant, sustainable economic growth.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

White House officials

Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton walking to Oval Office after announcing recovery and rebuilding efforts in Haiti.

During a conference call on Saturday, White House officials acknowledged that so far, American search teams have been able to rescue only 15 survivors in Haiti — about half of them American and half of them Haitian. Mrs. Clinton flew to Haiti Saturday carrying relief supplies, and the Haitian government turned control of the main airport over to the United States.

White House officials said there were 26 international search and rescue teams in Haiti on Saturday, including teams from Fairfax County, Va., and Los Angeles. “Urban search and rescue will continue,” said Denis R. McDonough, the National Security Council chief of staff, who was on the ground in Haiti. “There is still a window, three and half days into the event. Thursday we saw a variety of people rescued; we saw people rescued yesterday.”

The joint venture of Mr. Clinton and Mr. Bush is like one that Mr. Clinton shared with the first President Bush, to help victims of the 2004 Asian tsunami, which killed 226,000 people. A letter on the new Web site, which went up on Saturday, asks for donations and promises to “channel the collective good will around the globe to help the people of Haiti rebuild their cities, their neighborhoods, and their families.”