May 16, 2013
B ILL GLAAB, 29, and Courtney Apple, 27, a married couple living in Washington Square West, founded Hand in Hand Soap in 2011 in Fishtown. The company's bar soap is sold in 225 stores in North America and Europe, the biggest retailer being Anthropologie. To date, Hand in Hand says, 65,000 bars of soap have been donated to children in Haiti. Apple, an Ardmore native, oversees marketing; Jersey native Glaab handles finances. I spoke with Apple. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Hand in Hand?
February 4, 2010
The Philadelphia region can be proud of local efforts to aid survivors of the earthquake in Haiti, work that will go on for months. Cooper University Hospital in Camden, for example, sent a team of 18 doctors, nurses, and technicians who treated victims there for nearly two weeks. The hospital and the Norcross Foundation paid for transportation, medical supplies, and personnel. Within days of its arrival, the team, led by Anthony Mazzarelli, an emergency-room physician, had transformed an orphanage into a makeshift hospital with five operating rooms.
October 14, 1993
Those who don't remember the past may be condemned to repeat it. But those who draw strained analogies to past events may be condemned to make new and different mistakes. The army-backed thugs who wouldn't allow U.S. and Canadian troops to land in Haiti earlier this week apparently think they can take advantage of horror and concern over the deaths of U.S. soldiers in Somalia by getting Americans to equate the two situations. They may be right. The armed toughs who harassed American officials and kept the USS Harlan County from landing shouted they would do the same to Americans as Somali rebels did. Those were the magic words, apparently.
February 1, 2010
I FOUND Cheryl Gilbert's letter on aid to Haiti to be reprehensible. Shame on anyone who doesn't feel enough compassion for her fellow human beings to not want to help people hit by an epic disaster. Children by the thousands were left orphaned, bodies are being dumped into mass graves, thousands are starving while waiting for help. As an African-American, I view Hurricane Katrina and Haiti as a single event that happened to my people, and as a man of modest means, I still gave to both causes.
February 2, 2010
THANK goodness 90 percent of the population does not have the cold, cold heart of letter-writer Cheryl Gilbert. The U.S. has the greatest resources in the world and has always come to the aid of the unfortunate. When devastation strikes, like the earthquake that hit Haiti, it's our moral obligation to help. When you have a loaf of bread and someone hasn't eaten in a week, can't you just let them have just a slice or two? Ms. Gilbert says she won't give to the relief effort of Haiti.
September 4, 2011 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Fourteen-day-old Alexandro Joseph has never been seen by a doctor and 7-month-old Lovemika Belzi has suffered from diarrhea since the day she was born. In the sprawling camps that continue to dot this broken capital after last year's devastating earthquake, health and human-rights officials warn of another crisis: a population explosion of tent babies. "The camps are not an appropriate place for delivery and not for a newborn," said Olivia Gayraud, health and nutrition manager for Save the Children's Port-au-Prince field office, which works with pregnant women in five camps.
September 27, 1994 |
Russian President Boris Yeltsin's visit to the United States to address the United Nations and confer with President Clinton has been almost totally lost amid official Washington's preoccupation with Haiti. Given his predilection to hold center stage, Yeltsin might be expected to feel less than happy by this turn of events. But from a Russian point of view, the timing of his visit could not be better. However unintended, the U.S. intervention in Haiti lends considerable support to Russia's insistence on preeminence in the region of the former Soviet Union.
August 31, 2012 |
LA VISITE NATIONAL PARK, Haiti - The police officers and other officials showed up in the mountain clearing on a cool morning armed with shotguns, pistols, sledgehammers, and orders for hundreds of squatters to vacate the homes and farms they had carved out of one of Haiti's few national parks. The people living there had known they could be removed at any time because they were on a rare piece of protected woodland in one of the most deforested countries on earth. But they were resolved to put up a fight.
December 2, 1987 |
Roger Allan Moore, with a sizable delegation, was dispatched by the State Department to Haiti with the mandate to report back to the government whether the election on Sunday had been fair. This is a fairly recent tradition: the political version of what in arms control lingo we call "verification. " An example was the delegation sent to Saigon in 1971 to depose that the election of President Thieu had been fair. Memory is vague about the exact report of that commission, but not about the report of one of its members, a Harvard professor.
March 3, 1986 |
Soon after dawn on Feb. 7, Todd Scott knew he was going to get more experience than he had bargained for in taking a six-week hotel-management internship in Haiti. Scott and Jerry Perry, a fellow cadet at the Valley Forge Military Academy, dressed quickly and ventured into the streets of Petionville, a suburb of the capital of Port-au-Prince. Word was spreading that President Jean-Claude Duvalier had fled the country. In the four days that followed, Scott, 20, of Pottstown, and Perry, 21, who is from Haiti, said they had seen people celebrate freedom and commit murder.