Posts tagged ‘hometown associations’

April 8, 2010

Calling all Haitian hometown associations. Literally.

Today I called, spoke to, left messages for and emailed about 40 Haitian hometown associations between Florida and Massachusetts.  It was more fun than it sounds.

“And what are you going to do for my country?” one Brooklynite asked. I imagined him a Frederick Douglass look-alike, peering down at me through spectacles.  Another woman is traveling to Haiti for relief work in a couple of weeks. The date’s set; could I come, she wanted to know.

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April 7, 2010

Why trust this site? Why trust me?

The Rebuilding Haiti survey’s critical.  It’s my marching orders so I spent the day reaching out to a hundred (maybe more?) Haitian-Americans by email.  How I get in touch with people is important; shows who I’m excluding.  While I want many voices, the last thing I want is for this survey, my work order, to be overly influenced by the super-educated tech-friendly set.  I’m hoping that the Hometown Associations show up here in a big way.

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