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Since They Lost Sammy – New York Times 1/26/2014

Yesterday’s New York Times has a long and moving article about a Brooklyn family whose twelve-year-old son Sammy was killed by a truck on the street in front of their house. Since They Lost Sammy The article touches on their … Continue reading

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End of Summer Travelogue

I ended my summer doing two of my favorite things – riding my bicycle and connecting with the friends I have made through my work in Haiti.  Len and Cheryl Ann Gengel invited me to their beach house in Wells, … Continue reading

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Be Like Brit Dines Among the Big Boys

Last night Be Like Brit orphanage in Haiti won the McGraw-Hill / Engineering News Record 2013 Best Global Project Award for Residential / Hospitality projects.  We were honored along with two other community-based efforts in the developing world: the El … Continue reading

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Transformation in Haiti

In conjunction with the the third anniversary of the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, several newspapers have published essays about my experiences in Haiti.  Over the next few weeks I will post them on my blog.  Here is the first one, which the Worcester … Continue reading

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The Cost of Construction

Back in the days before the earthquake the rule of thumb for the cost of construction along Haiti’s Southern peninsula was $25 per square foot; the original number we used for the Forward in Heath Clinic.  After the earthquake the … Continue reading

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What does it mean to Be Like Brit?

This is the speech I gave last night at the BeLikeBrit gala. Someone told me that there is an NGO for every 750 people in Haiti.  I never verified that statistic but it feels about right.  NGO’s are everywhere.  Oxfam … Continue reading

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Death Comes to Grand Goave

Death comes to Haiti so arbitrary it shatters any illusion that we control our destiny.  Hurricane Sandy is on her third day of delivering heavy rain to Grand Goave.  Unlike Isaac, who quickly shuffled through his fierce gales and heavy … Continue reading

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Guardrails

Ah, those halcyon days of sitting around the main conference room at our office on Monday nights, reviewing sketches of elaborate ironwork railings with curliqued ‘B’s to ornament the orphanage.  At the end stages of construction, all of that is … Continue reading

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The Things We Carried

A week or so before I return to Haiti I send a ‘Mule to Haiti’ email to my connections asking what they want me to bring down.  I am allowed one 50 pound bag in coach, a second costs forty … Continue reading

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Twin Construction of Different Fathers

I am spending more time at the Mission of Hope School site this trip to Haiti. The Be Like Brit orphanage is moving along very well; there is so much repetition now the crews need less supervision while some work … Continue reading

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