more haiti!

If you want to help Mexico, please don’t donate money. For the Chilean and Haiti earthquakes in 2010 most of the help both countries got were by Chile. All the money that was sent to Chile (which wasn’t much ‘cause no one wanted to help them) went to the pockets of politicians, same thing happened to Haiti only more money was lost. Chile having been through the same realised money wasn’t the best idea. They sent food, water, clothes, and being the start of the school year, many schools started a campaign in which if they needed to buy for example ten tables, they would buy fifteen and donate five. Same with other furniture and books. They asked students to donate clothes, new books and money to pay the shipping. There was a Chilean school founded in Haiti in which everything is taught in Spanish using Chilean text books (Haitians speak Creolan not French and they’re the only country who does).

If you want to help Mexico, gather a bunch of classmates and talk to your headteacher to send school supplies, clothes, food and water. But please, don’t donate money. Peña Nieto is a very corrupted President and if you donate money, the people in Mexico won’t see it, just like in Haiti seven years ago.


pills, aids, pads and tampons, tappers, baby food, blankets.

my top 15 books by women of color

I’ve been wanting to do a rec list like this for a long time, and now that I’m on vacation, I finally have time! So, without further ado, here’s a detailed list of my favorite books by women of color and why they’re awesome. #readwomen and diversify your shelves!
Asterisk (*) indicates a Children’s or YA title.

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So Newt works for MACUSA. Theseus is betrayed but Theseus will get over it because MACUSA is letting Newt actually fucking change the beast laws and the Ministry of Magic was practically paying Newt to just keep his mouth shut for five consecutive minutes about the mistreatment of creatures, so. No contest. Theseus can suck it (and Newt means this in the most affectionate way possible)

Anyway, Newt is working for MACUSA and when the aurors encounter a case that appears to be beast-related, they obviously go to the magical beasts division. And obviously when it’s a high profile or otherwise very important case, they go straight to Newt. Well, honestly, a lot of the aurors go straight to Newt anyway, because they know Newt and the beasts division is weird and sure, so is Newt, but at least they know Newt and that is how Graves ends up working with Newt a lot more often than he thought he would. And Graves does not like to be unprepared, so Graves does research

Graves is very good at research

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Haiti is the most surreal place I’ve been. First of all, Haitians got the clearest and smoothest skin ever. Hands down.

The men are handsome and sleek. The women are thick and unfazed. But Haitians have a glare, a gaze that’s unwavering. Their faces show that they ain’t the ones to be fucked with. But they also know how to read you down without saying a word.

Haiti and more 20 other countries of the Caribbean Common Market ( CARICOM), was at the official ceremony of the 13th edition CARIFESTA last Sunday, August 27. There were thousands of people at Bridgeton, Barbados and Haitian dancers amazed the public. Haitians are making a difference around the world.

Photo credit: Gerald Clerger

anonymous asked:

Go back to Africa please! I'll go back to Europe, I mean at least Europe is clean, civilized and has wifi.

This doesn’t even make sense because even my great great grandmother wasn’t born in Africa lmao and why would I go “back” to a country I have no family or direct ties to? But if I had to go “back” to Africa I’d choose a West African country because I feel like that’s where my descendants would be from. I’d probably choose the Ivory Coast because they’re French speaking and I know a few people who are from there. I doubt wifi would be an issue and it looks quite civilized to me:

Although it’s not in West Africa, Nairobi is beautiful and that would be an option if I had to “go back to” Africa:


there are, of course, means of discussing the possibility of revolution in spaces that have been deterritorialized by disaster, by capitalist violence, but especially given the particularly colonial nature of the violence that has come to create these storms, these hyperobjects, it seems as if it is a discussion that would be had in bad faith if had at all. 

a gust of wind, an hour of rain, the surge of the sea, the calm of the eye: none of these are Irma or Andrew or Katrina or Harvey. These names resonate because of the way in which they constitute so much more than any single particularity of the weather, any condition, just as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti was more than simply the earthquake, it was the result of an entire nation suffering from colonialism being torn apart and the resulting encroach of neocolonialism. 

Katrina is especially violent in how it has become so emblematic of the settler-colonial ideology within the American continent, the American libidinal image of the self: many who left had no home to return to, no livable one anyway, and there is little use in maintaining or attaching oneself to a home that one would need lifetimes to fix. But when that represents property, represents land waiting to be grabbed at a bargain from a seller at an inherent disadvantage, it offers the exact same sort of promise imagined in the original mythology of American settler identity. Those who were not driven out or killed were forced to live in eternal disaster zones, left with constant reminders of their trauma. Meanwhile, the creation of a new NOLA after Katrina, the way that it was appropriated as an Event of a new simulacrum, a new means of simulating the phenomena of care specifically taken from lessons learned on 9/11, part of the hyperreality of America, an America locked into Eternal Warfare and Global Unrest, has been repeated over and over by forces of violence and internal colonization. All of that is Katrina, not merely a single stretch of days, or a particular storm.

And these storms, the ways in which they have met with capitalist contradiction in a degree, an intensity, never before seen in this particular fashion, will be part of a larger hyperobject of disaster that is well within the apparatus of neoliberal control. To talk of these disasters as in any way potentially revolutionary is to ignore their fundamental character. 

why are people actually making memes about hurricane matthew being “weak”

um hello!? at least 800 parents, children, siblings and spouses are confirmed dead in Haiti?? thousands more are still missing?? people there desperately need help??

people literally just don’t care if they themselves were not personally affected. so long as good ol’ Florida alone still stands it’s okay to joke about a situation that was devastating to thousands of others. it’s going to take years for people to rebuild what they lost and some things can’t be replaced. Haiti was just starting to recover from the earthquake and now is hit by another disaster and some of y'all ignore that and just see opportunities to get notes and retweets on your ornery memes. not everyone everywhere was as lucky as you you ignorant self centered slug istg

Haitian orphan gets nation’s first 3-D printer prosthesis

“A 12-year-old orphan boy handicapped from birth became the first recipient of a 3-D printer prosthesis in Haiti last month, thanks to a British-born software engineer in California.

Born without fingers on either hand, Stevenson Joseph had little hope of treatment in a country where programs for the disabled are rare apart from a handful of charities.

Now the 3-D prosthesis fitted to his left hand has given him a whole new range of dexterity, including being able to play catch with his friends for the first time and maybe even enabling him to write one day, according to staff at the home for disabled orphans where he lives.”

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Re: First Mission trips

For ermedicine.
My phone keeps eating the reblog, so I’m giving it a try this way.

Yay medical missions! I’ve never been to Haiti which is surprising because it’s like THE place people go for medical trips (or Guatemala. Don’t get me started on how there are like 150 other countries in the world who need help…anyway YAY helping people!)
Ok, let me go back in my brain to my
first trip…

First off, is this gonna be a mobile clinic situation or a hospital situation? I’m going to assume mobile clinic since they’re more common, especially in Haiti.

With your current super-secret work experience you should be a lot more prepared than I was for my first. You already have a good understanding of triage and patient care that I didn’t have.

You can be of use in a ton of ways:
- counting/sorting drugs to be given out
- taking vitals and triaging, which would include mingling among the masses of people waiting to be seen and moving the sickest looking ones to the front.
- learning, if you haven’t already, injections, phlebotomy, and lab techniques if you have a lab component to your clinic
- Assisting in minor procedures or even doing them if you catch on quickly (as a high school student, I was the earwax guru on my first trip- you’d be amazed how many bugs I’ve pulled out of ears)
- monitoring patients who may be in the clinic for a long time getting IV fluids or antibiotics or such
- assisting in fitting eyeglasses if this will be a component of your trip
- teaching the patients who are waiting to be seen about various health topics. Find out what problems are common in the area you will be visiting and prepare a few short 10 minute talks or skits on an elementary level. You will need the cooperation of a translator for this. You can use the translator as a narrator to tell a story that you (and others) will act out to help educate the people there on treatment and prevention of common problems. Have hilarious props and visual aids.
- keeping kids occupied. Every trip I’ve been on with mobile clinics had designated childcare folks to help keep kids from wreaking havoc on the clinic. You can educate them too with skits or puppets (who doesn’t love puppets) or simple crafts. We actually gave out kids toothbrushes on one trip and taught kids a tooth brushing song to help them learn oral hygiene.
- shadowing docs and taking patient histories
- if you don’t have anything to do, ask everyone if they need assistance. Always ask if you can assist on procedures too.

Things you should expect:
- total chaos and lack of organization
- heat, sweat, smells, and exhaustion
- you will see lots of problems your clinic is not equipped to handle
- large masses of people, some of whom you may have to turn away
- the necessity of changing plans frequently. Be fluid and go with the flow.
- at least 1 flat tire
- a mix of emotions ranging from culture shock, sadness about the state of poverty some of your patients will be in, joy from getting to help people, frustration with the language barrier, exhaustion, and excitement.

Things you should remember:
- your patients overseas deserve to be treated with the same respect as your patients back home
- cultural differences may get in the way of your perfect plan for fixing the nation. This is totally okay.
- local people are not Instagram selfie props
- eat the unidentifiable food. It is delicious.
- this is not a vacation. Work hard, but enjoy yourself too.