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?
April 7, 2013 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A new report on American aid to Haiti in the wake of that country's devastating earthquake finds much of the money went to U.S.-based companies and organizations. The Center for Economic and Policy Research analyzed the $1.15 billion pledged after the January 2010 quake and found that the "vast majority" of the money it could follow went straight to U.S. companies or organizations, more than half in the Washington area alone. Just 1 percent went directly to Haitian companies.
April 5, 2013 |
ACTRESS MARIA BELLO is pulling double-duty when she's in town this week. The Norristown-born actress, whom you can see next playing a much-hotter wife to Kevin James ' "hey-didja-know-this-guy-is-fat?" character in "Grown Ups 2," will speak Thursday at the fourth-annual 95.7 WBEN-FM Woman of the Week Luncheon. The event - hosted by Marilyn Russell , who interviews powerful ladies about town (including me!) - is part of the station's series, broadcasting Sundays at 7:30 a.m. Check it out in podcast form at ilikebenfm.com.
February 4, 2013 |
The Big Truck That Went By How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster By Jonathan M. Katz Palgrave Macmillan. 320 pp. $26 After 2 1/2 years in Haiti, Jonathan Katz was preparing to leave the impoverished but endlessly intriguing nation in January 2010. His next reporting assignment: Afghanistan. Then a massive earthquake that sounded like a big truck roaring by ripped apart his house, his plans, and the lives of Haitians all around him. So Katz, then an Associated Press reporter and the only full-time American correspondent in Haiti, wound up staying to chronicle the quake's aftermath.
January 13, 2013 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - President Michel Martelly urged Haitians to recall the tens of thousands of people who lost their lives in a devastating earthquake three years ago, marking the disaster's anniversary Saturday with a simple ceremony. Martelly also thanked other countries and international organizations for their help after the Jan. 12, 2010, disaster. "Haitian people, hand in hand, we remember what has gone," Martelly said as a gigantic Haitian flag flew at half-staff before him on the front lawn of the former National Palace, a pile of tangled steel reinforcement bars nearby.
December 20, 2012 |
PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI - The sharp tang of varnish hangs in the air as a dozen women and a few men cut and scrape logs into bowls destined for U.S. department stores. In other Haitian workshops, vases sparkle with sequins of pink, green and blue, and dragonflies leap from picture frames cut from recycled steel drums. Three years after a devastating earthquake, there's still not much economic traction in this long impoverished Caribbean country, but one small niche has taken off: arts and crafts.