October 6, 2014 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - It was the late morning of Sept. 27, and three bulletproof sport utility vehicles pulled into Gymnasium Vincent's gated parking lot. Nerlens Noel, the 76ers' rookie power forward, unfolded his 6-foot-11, 217-pound frame out of one of the vehicles and into the path of several awaiting fans. "Hey, Nerlens, welcome to Haiti," said Ezekiel D. Petion, one of the first to greet Noel and his contingent. "This is my son. He's going to be a future NBA player. " Noel smiled, shook the little boy's hand, and responded: "Yeah, I can see it in him. " At that moment, several children standing on the court outside the gym began faint chants of "Nerlens, Nerlens, Nerlens.
July 8, 2014 |
When Frandy Jean moved to the United States two years ago from Haiti, Brother Daoud Bey was one of the first people to help him connect to and integrate into the South Jersey artist community. Now, with his own gallery in Haddon Heights that he opened to give young people the chance to show their art, Jean, 25, hopes to help Bey, 45, who is now in the hospital. "He gave me a lot of opportunities to work with the Camden County Arts," said Jean, who is helping to organize a July 10 fund-raiser.
May 25, 2014 |
On May 6, 2010, a 15-year-old boy named Oriel died of diphtheria in Haiti. Normally, the world would not have noticed. But the boy was living in a refugee camp managed by the actor Sean Penn. With the listless teenager in his sinewy arms, Penn had spent hours, rushing from hospital to hospital in the capital of Port-au-Prince, searching for the antitoxin that would save Oriel's life. It was found too late. Shortly after the boy was taken off life support, Penn appeared on CNN, expressing outrage about the many factors that led to his death.
May 6, 2014 |
BELLE GLADE, Fla. - Anything can go wrong in a blueberry harvest. The season is short - six to eight weeks in midsummer - and a freak July hailstorm can ruin a crop in 15 minutes. The stakes are high - blueberries are New Jersey's biggest crop, worth $80.8 million, more than double corn and tomatoes. It's a staffing nightmare. To pick New Jersey's 7,500 acres of blueberries, thousands of workers are needed for six intense weeks. Then it's over. This is the story of one set of farmworkers - Haitian immigrants who live in poverty in South Florida - and one New Jersey blueberry farmer, and how their lives came to intersect, reflecting historic patterns and ebbs and flows in the economy.
March 14, 2014 |
Olivia Wilde writes on Haiti Olivia Wilde , who stars as a suburban sex kitten in Better Living Through Chemistry , writes eloquently in Darling magazine about her volunteer work in Haiti, which had her burying victims with pal Babs Burchfield . "We were aware of the unlikelihood of the moment - two white American girls working to bag bodies in a morgue - but this was Haiti, and we had come to expect the darkly unexpected," Wilde,...
January 17, 2014 |
WHEN Ricardeau Scutt immigrated to Philadelphia from Haiti in 2000, he came for one reason - to work - even though he'd never had a job. "There are no jobs in Haiti," Scutt said. "A job there is like winning the lottery. " Scutt's father worked as a taxi driver in Philadelphia to send money back to his family in Haiti. He brought Ricardeau, then 20, over to do the same. But Ricardeau Scutt spoke very little English and for three months nobody would hire him. One day while driving his taxi, Scutt's dad told a passenger about the difficulty his son was having.
November 21, 2013 |
SOMETIMES, we need a reminder there is more to life than football and immersing yourself in the game as a fan, coach or player. This is a lesson Eagles backup quarterback Matt Barkley learned at a young age. And a lesson his father hasn't stopped teaching. The latest evidence of this can be found on Barkley's Twitter account, where yesterday he tweeted a photo of his father in Tacloban, Philippines, with devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan in the background. The tweet read: "Please keep my dad in your prayers as he brings aid and helps those in the Philippines recover from typhoon #Haiyan.
November 17, 2013 |
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines Nov. 7, killing thousands and displacing more than 600,000. The full toll is not yet known, communications and access routes are far from restored, and aid has been slow to reach stranded, isolated victims. Could this be an opportunity for what some call the "new philanthropy"? A moment in particular for the millennial generation (born after 1982) to take leadership? Digital has changed the face of philanthropy - for both aid groups (which craft the call)
July 11, 2013 |
Kristen Hertzog and her backers have already shown that a tiny nonprofit based in Pennsylvania's Amish country can change the job prospects of impoverished Haitians. Haitian Connection Network, founded by Hertzog in 2010 and headquartered at her home in Ephrata, provides tuition-free online courses in computer science and business administration in Haiti. On Wednesday, Hertzog announced a big step forward for the cyberschool. It will join forces with Life Connection Mission, a nonprofit based in Germantown, Md., that provides 500 Haitian students with primary and secondary schooling, a medical clinic, and social services.
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?