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Former Haiti Ambassador Paul Altidor to Teach MIT Course on Leveraging Diaspora Power Abroad – The Haitian Times

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Paul Altidor. Photo credit: SR Photography

Editor’s note: In a Nov. 28 edition of the the daily news roundup, it inaccurately stated that Paul Altidor would be teaching a course on immigration at MIT. Altidor will instead be teaching a course on planning and policy initiatives aimed at leveraging the power of Diaspora groups.

Former Haiti Ambassador Paul Altidor is working to change the narrative around Diaspora groups in the United States through his new position at MIT. During the Spring 2020 semester, Altidor will be teaching a course titled, “Engineering Planning and Diaspora Groups.” The course will focus on how Diaspora groups and their U.S.-born children can act as “catalysts for sustainable growth and economic prosperity in communities both in the United States and within the developing world.”

“I intend to expose the students to some of the current thinking in leveraging the power of diaspora groups as catalysts of growth in communities both in the U.S. and the developing world,” Altidor said in an interview with MIT. “Whether as a diplomat, as a development practitioner or as an advisor to governments, I have been exposed to this topic from many different perspectives. Given the continuous movement of people across borders, this topic will continue to be of significant importance to the planning and policy making community. “

In May 2012, Altidor assumed the position of Ambassador Plenipotentiary & Extraordinary of Haiti to the White House. Prior to his role as ambassador, Altidor, also an MIT alumnus, worked for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private arm of the World Bank Group and also served as vice-president of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund. 

“I came to the United States as an immigrant. The narrative of the immigrant experience and immigration process are deeply personal to my own identity,” he said. “Despite, or maybe due to, evidence that migration will continue to increase in the near future, the current narrative permeating the public dialogue around immigration in the US is largely negative. Through my class this coming term, I will endeavor to recruit allies at MIT to document the benefits, both to their new home and to their country of origin, of immigrants – allowing us to provide context for a new, positive narrative around immigration.

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The Haitian Times was founded in 1999 as a weekly English language newspaper based in Brooklyn, NY.The newspaper is widely regarded as the most authoritative voice for Haitian Diaspora.

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Northwest Iowa-Based Haiti Ministry To Partner With RiseFest – KIWARadio.com

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Sheldon, Iowa — Assuming there is a RiseFest this year — if you go, you’ll have the chance to hear about a ministry in Haiti and partner with that ministry.

RiseFest, which is normally Father’s Day Weekend in Sheldon has been moved to Labor Day Weekend due to the pandemic. This year, RiseFest is partnering with a ministry called Touch Of Hope.

Kayla Raymond, from Rock Rapids, is one of the founders of Touch Of Hope. She tells us Touch of Hope got started in 2009 when she went on a mission trip to Haiti with her family. She says while there, her “heart was broken” for the poor of Haiti. She tells us that doors kept opening for them, and they soon met Webert Raymond, who is now her husband. She says Raymond and some others were running a small school for poor kids in Haiti who couldn’t afford to go to school.

https://kiwaradio.com/files/Ramond20200601a.mp3

Raymond tells us that she started a boutique to help Haitian mothers and families.

https://kiwaradio.com/files/Ramond20200601b.mp3

She says they also make greeting cards and are employing 26 Haitian women in that endeavor. Women also make baby gifts, jewelry, home décor, and more. She says all of the profits from the business go to their nonprofit ministry, Touch Of Hope. Raymond tells us that in addition to the one in Haiti, there is also a Rosie’s Boutique in Rock Rapids, where all the same items can be purchased, plus there is also a coffee shop in the Rock Rapids store, called Rosie’s Sit A Minute. She says everything but the ice cream is made in Haiti.

Raymond tells us how they got connected with RiseFest.

https://kiwaradio.com/files/Ramond20200601c.mp3

Plus, she says, if you visit RiseFest, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit Rosie’s, as they’re building their own mini-Rosie’s right on the festival grounds. She says they’re excited about the opportunity.

For more information, to sponsor a child, or support the ministry, you can visit their websites: touchofhopehaiti.com and www.rosiesboutiquehaiti.com.

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Haïti – FLASH : Le pays franchit la barre des 2,000 cas

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Haïti – FLASH : Le pays franchit la barre des 2,000 cas
01/06/2020 05:10:24

Haïti - FLASH : Le pays franchit la barre des 2,000 cas

Le Ministère de la Santé Publique informe que 259 nouveaux cas ont été confirmés en Haïti (la veille : 281), pour un total de 2,124 cas sur l’ensemble du territoire national (40.2% de femmes et 59.8% d’hommes) depuis le premier cas (19 mars 2020 https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30319-haiti-sante-origine-des-2-premiers-cas-de-covid-19-en-haiti.html ).

3 nouveaux décès ont été enregistrés : 1 dans l’Ouest, 1 dans l’Artibonite et 1 dans le Nord, portant le total à 44.

Le nombre de cas actifs (moins décès et guérisons) est maintenant de 2,056 (+14.2%) +256 cas en 24h (la veille : +263)

Nombre de cas suspects : 5,244 cas (+14.57%) +667 (la veille : +471)

Personnes hospitalisées : 364 personnes +16 en 24h (la veille : +24)

Quarantaine à domicile : 1,395 personnes -256 en 24h (la veille : +129)

Tous les détails dans notre bulletin quotidien de 11h00 a.m.

Lire aussi :
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30912-haiti-covid-19-bulletin-quotidien-31-mai-2020.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30907-haiti-flash-le-nombre-de-nouveaux-cas-double-en-24-heures.html
https://www.haitilibre.com/article-30319-haiti-sante-origine-des-2-premiers-cas-de-covid-19-en-haiti.html

S/ HL/ HaïtiLibre

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