Our hearts and minds are with Haiti right now. The devastation of last week’s earthquake is so hard to comprehend. In addition to sending our thoughts and prayers, Sakura Bloom Baby Slings is partnering with BabyHawk Baby Carriers to raise funds for Haiti.
Who is Partners in Health? An amazing organization providing grassroots health care in partnership with Haitian communities for over twenty years. We support their work and invite you to join us: every little bit helps.
Don’t know much about Haiti? Want to learn more? Here are some good resources:
1. The writings of Edwidge Danticat. A beautiful, brilliant writer and recent recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, Danticat’s fiction and non-fiction writings about Haiti are lush, evocative, and sometimes painfully poignant. The New York Times maintains a detailed page about her, and in addition to being a gifted writer, she is also the mother of two young girls. For starters, try her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory.
2. For more on Partners in Health, try Tracy Kidder’s moving portrait of Dr. Paul Farmer, an MD, anthropologist, and one of the founders of Partners in Health: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.
3. Track down some Haitian poetry. Just posted yesterday on the Elephant website, here are some poems posted in the Kreyol/Creole original with English translations by Merete Mueller with Dominique Herard.
4. Finally, music. Check out Boukman Eksperyans, a Haitian vodou-folk-rock band whose music simultaneously celebrates Haitian culture and critiques Haitian politics. Try their song Ti Bourik Pete san’l pa konnen and go from there!
Our love and strength to our friends originally from Haiti, to all with family and friends there, and to those friends working in partnership with the Haitian people now to save lives, rebuild the country, and hold on to hope.
With thanks to all who are able to join us and BabyHawk in this fundraising effort. Mesi anpil, or many thanks in Haitian Kreyol.