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My Hat off to Macy's for supporting Haitian Art

The Haitian art in display at Macy's stores

One company that wants to make a difference in Haiti is Macy's.

The American corporation has developed the "Heart of Haiti" Art project in an effort to support the Haitian artists affected by the Haiti earthquake of 2010 to become self sufficient.

What a gesture from a big corporation.

My experiences and all I have so far heard about big corporations is totally contrary to what Macy's is currently doing in Haiti.

Haven't you heard that bid corporations have no heart; that they only care about the bottom line.

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Are Religious leaders taking advantage of Haiti earthquake?

It is sad to say, however it is true, Religious leaders are taking advantage of Haitian. Following Haiti earthquake, some religious leaders have sought to take advantage of the quake to preach a theology of doom, turning the radio airwaves into pulpits to espouse fear and recruit believers. The quake, they preach, is punishment for Haitians' sin and belief in Vodou.

The tensions have only mounted as Evangelical and other religious groups from the United States fly en masse to a ravaged Haiti to feed and preach the Gospel.

In the three months after the earthquake, the relationship among faiths has evolved from one of rare unity to a fight for the Haitian soul. All hope to increase followers even as they assign blame for the quake.

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Homage for three leaders who were victims of the Haiti earthquake

This music video "Rel Nou Ap Toujou Fe Eko" is a homage for the three leaders in the Haitian women's movement who were victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Interpreted by Jan Jan Roosevelt, featuring Netty Dugravil, Renette Desir and Robinson Auguste, "Rel Nou Ap Toujou Fe Eko" was written by Marie-Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue, and produced and directed by Regi Chevalier.

Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, founders of three of Haiti's most important advocacy organizations working on behalf of women and girls, were confirmed dead, following the devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010.

Along with many others, these three women gave women voices, fought against violence and made rape in Haiti a crime. One returned to her Haitian roots, to give voice to women, honor their stories and shape their futures. Another urged women to pack a courtroom in Haiti, where she succeeded in getting a guilty verdict against a man who battered his wife. A third joined the others and helped change the law to make rape, long a political weapon in Haiti, a punishable crime.

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A More Devastating Earthquake is Likely in Haiti soon

According to U.S. scientist Jian Lin, the January earthquake in Haiti increased stresses on nearby faults. As a result, it increases the likelihood of another major earthquake in Haiti.

Jian Lin, a senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, was studying a fault system on the island of Hispaniola (home to both Haiti and the Dominican Republic. She presented his team's findings on May 3 at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

Scientist Lin and his colleagues, who had been measuring the stresses on fault systems in the area, were well aware of the potential for a major earthquake in Haiti.

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Haiti Jewish community, Is it for real?

One place that has been trying to keep the spirit of a Jewish community in Haiti was Gilbert Bigio's mansion. This Jewish community center is located in Port-au-Prince and it was where Haiti's only Torah scroll was kept, an Israeli flag fluttered from the rooftop and each Passover the country's 50 or so Jews would gather for a Seder, singing or practice their Jewish religion in Haiti.

Like many buildings around port au Prince, the center was destroyed in the Jan. 12 earthquake that leveled much of this city. There are no evidence that any of the members of the Jewish community living in Haiti were known to have been killed in the Haiti earthquake. According to report, since Haiti earthquake, there are only about 15 or so Jews left in Haiti, out of a total population of 9 million. And they spend most of their time in Miami or the neighboring Dominican Republic because conditions at home are so difficult.

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Chris Brown in support of Haiti Earthquake Victims

Chris Brown To Host Benefit For Haiti Earthquake Victims. Brown stated: "I wanted to find a way to contribute personally to the ongoing Haitian relief effort and also support an organization that helps people in need in my home state,"

According to Chris Brown, proceeds from the event will benefit the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross for its Haiti relief efforts, as well as the American Red Cross and the Central Virginia Foodbank.

Some think that Chris Brown is literally doing anything so people don't hate him anymore. He's reportedly hosting a charity concert to benefit the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.

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Can the Haitian Police provide security to quake survivors?

As it was the case for most Haitian institutions, the Haitian Police suffered a severe blow as a result of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that devastated Haiti.

Haitian Police conceded they had lost their battle to maintain order in Port-au-Prince. Many Haitian gangs have been able to reclaim their old turf since being freed when the national prison collapsed following the earthquake.

In an attempt to maintain order, the Haitian police recently opened fire on looters, killing at least one of them as hundreds of rioters ransacked a market in quake-hit area of Port-au-Prince.

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Shakira visiting Haiti after Earthquake

The singer and dancer Shakira is the most recent artist to lent in Haiti to observe and help after the recent Haiti earthquake disaster

Shakira arrived to Haiti and met up with actor Sean Penn as they visited the Petionville Golf Club, which has become a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince for the stranded Haitians.

Her mission to visit Haiti is to search for usable land in order to build a new school for the children, many who are homeless and now school less.

Shakira has a foundation called "Barefoot Foundation". Shakira's foundation was created to ensure that every child can continue to exercise their right to have a quality education. Their aim is to improve the education and and quality of life for millions of children denied in order to fulfill their potential.

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Shortage of clean drinking water in Haiti

In the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake one of the biggest problems was a shortage of clean, drinkable water.

The world has been sending drinking water to Haiti and via plastic containers in large proportion.

Do we really need drinking water in Haiti to be shipped in plastic cans, causing more problem with trash and others.

Haiti needs better drinking water; however it should not be short term. There are several ways we can improve the distributions of drinking water in Haiti, and one of the goals of Haiti reconstruction needs to be focused on clean, drinking water for all Haitians

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley to Visit Haiti earthquake area

Cardinal Sean O'Malley, traveled to Haiti to have a firsthand look at the devastation caused by the Jan. 12 Haiti earthquake and tried to offer spiritual comfort to workers and leaders at Catholic institutions still reeling from the disaster.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley leads the delegation organized by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and others in prayer inside the destroyed cathedral in Port-au-Prince

O'Malley led a Mass in Haitian Creole in a small whitewashed brick room that opened onto a balcony in the Petionville retreat of the Filles de Marie, or Daughters of Mary, a religious order that lost 15 nuns when their residence in Bel Aire collapsed.

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