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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Celebrate Haiti Poster Project

We are asking students like you to use your voice to stand up, remember, and celebrate
Haiti's victories by designing posters as a part of the Celebrate Haiti Poster Project.

It's fun and simple, and you can make a difference. Do you belong to a group, club, or team? Are you looking for activities at your next meeting or event? How about making this a class project in World Studies, Art, or Science class?  Learn all about Haiti, and then make a poster that includes these three words:

Martin Luther King Day of Service
On Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, January 16, 2012, people from all over the United States came together to participate in service projects.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund was asked to honor Dr. King at the Montgomery County Volunteer Fair by inviting children and families to participate in the Celebrate Haiti Poster Project. The objective was to raise awareness for Haiti through art, to remember Haiti at the two-year anniversary of the earthquake, and to celebrate the strength and resilience of the Haitian people.

Over 140 children (and a handful of creative adults) drew Helping Handprints which will be used to make a digital online quilt. These handprints symbolize that one person can make a difference, but many people working together can create a better future for Haiti.

Make Your Own Paper Quilt
A wonderful way for a group to participate in the Celebrate Haiti Poster Project is to create a paper quilt. It's as simple as cutting out 8.5 x 8.5 paper squares and having each student trace their hand on the square. There is only one rule. Somewhere on each square there should be three words:

Remember. Celebrate. Haiti.
Use these three words in any way. Write a story or a poem, or just write them as bold statements. The possibilities are endless. Draw, design, paint, collage, or color. Don't forget to send us photos or scans of the individual paper quilt squares. We'll add them to our online digital quilt.

To display your finished paper quilt use a large piece of unrolled art paper and arrange your paper quilt squares. Show off your quilt in a hallway, entrance, or classroom. Of course we would like to see photos of your finished quilt. Send us your digital photographs to

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Students Rebuild, a Program supported by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund

Rebuilding Schools for a New Generation of Haitians

Founded in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. Students Rebuild: Haiti—called on students around the globe to raise money to rebuild schools in Haiti.  The challenge: create a team to raise money, which will be matched dollar for dollar by the Bezos Family Foundation. The results - 125 Teams: 3400 Students from 9 countries helped to summon over $680,000 to support 5 schools, build 50 classrooms & benefit 2000 students.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Hey, Kids! Share About Haiti Today

We know that everyone's voice matters, especially when it comes to Haiti. The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's Celebrate Haiti Poster Project is an opportunity for kids (and kids at heart!) to learn and teach about Haiti's past, and look toward Haiti's future. Whether you're at home, in class, or part of a club, you can participate by making and sharing posters about Haiti. Send photos of your poster to so we can continue to share the joy that Haiti inspires.

Learn more about the Celebrate Haiti Poster Project, and visit our For Kids page to learn about other ways for kids, parents, and teachers to get involved.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Fast Company: International Medical Corps Helps Haiti In Its Long Haul

"International Medical Corps is a model for global not-for-profits, with a plan that goes way beyond drop-in disaster relief. In Haiti, International Medical Corps is training locals, building communities, and doing everything it can to put itself to pasture." -Fast Company, October 2011

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund CEO Gary Edson explains that "the business of a not-for-profit should be to solve the problem and get out of the way," and International Medical Corps is working hard to make that a reality. This story offers an in-depth look into the nonprofit's work in Haiti, and how it is becoming a model for disaster response.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund's $1.56M grant to International Medical Corps went to establishing an emergency medical care training program at the state hospital in Port-au-Prince.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Haiti: Cholera Epidemic’s First Victim Identified as River Bather Who Forsook Clean Water

The first Haitian to get cholera at the onset of the 2010 epidemic was almost undoubtedly a 28-year-old mentally disturbed man from the town of Mirebalais, researchers reported Monday.

The man, whose name was not revealed in the report, in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, was known as the village “moun fou” — Creole for “crazy person” — said the authors, who work for Partners in Health, a Boston group associated with Dr. Paul E. Farmer that has provided free health care in Haiti since 1987.

Although his family had clean drinking water, the man often walked naked through town to bathe and drink from the Latem River just downstream from the Meye River, into which raw sewage drained from an encampment of United Nations peacekeepers from Nepal.

Haiti’s outbreak was of a Nepali strain, and that encampment is considered the source.

The man developed severe diarrhea on Oct. 12, 2010, and died in less than 24 hours. Two people who washed his body for a wake fell ill 48 hours later. Haiti’s first hospitalized cholera case was in Mirebalais on Oct. 17.

The epidemic has since sickened nearly 500,000 people across Haiti and killed nearly 7,000.

The man’s habits made him the first known victim, said Dr. Louise C. Ivers, one of the new report’s authors. But because of the “infamous living situation” in Mirebalais, which is desperately poor and was swollen with refugees from the devastating earthquake nine months earlier, the epidemic was inevitable.

“Plenty of families drank from that river, and still do despite the risk,” she said.