I visited the Haitian island of La Gonave for the first time in 2001 as a guest of the Matenwa Community Learning Center and have returned many times since.
My friendships on La Gonave feel like family ties. spending time with activists in food sustainability and human rights when I am in Haiti makes me feel optimistic about the future of the human race. Here is some material that could help you understand why this could be true.
• First ideas about Haiti
• Field recordings from La Gonave: Peasant songs. A life story.
• Haiti updates: News broadcasts about grassroots efforts following the January, 2010 earthquake.
• Radio interviews with Haitian activist Abner Sauveur while visiting Moscow, Idaho.
In March, 2010, three women from Moscow, Idaho accompanied me to La Gonave and were so touched and inspired by their visit that they founded the nonprofit Paloma Institute.
The memoir All the Way to Second Street describes early experiences which led to my interest in Haiti. It is available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.