Haiti Trip Emma Merinoholics Adventures

Human Kind: Haiti Trip

This past spring, I had the opportunity to spend a month in the Caribbean. The first three weeks were spent in Borgne, Haiti, a rural commune on the northern coast of the island. We worked with a group of women who are leaders in their community to train them in the Human Centered Design process and collaboratively executed a project to help further development of the community. It was a difficult three weeks, as resources were limited, but I would not trade the experience.

Some of the exciting excursions we took included:

  • the Citadel in Milo, a National Heritage Site
  • Hikes many miles to remote villages in the mountains
  • A spectacular cave
  • A hike to a mystic saltwater basin, called Waka, that is also a voodoo temple

Haiti Trip Emma Merinoholics Adventures

Next, we traveled to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic to visit a friend and unwind. Last, we took a bus to Santo Domingo where we stayed in Zona Colonial, the first American City. Here we saw Christopher Columbus’s palace, another National Heritage Site, attended mass at the first cathedral built in America, and hiked at the beautiful Tres Ojos National Park.

Keep an eye out for Minus33 gear in the video from the trip!

Check out that amazing organization that we worked with in Borgne:

http://hopehaiti.org/WHOWEARE/AboutBorgne/tabid/160/Default.aspx

HOPE is locally run, sustainable, and the kind of international non-profit we can all learn from.

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