Meet Roseann Lord

Roseann Lord

“You will not only experience the pure joy of helping others but you will come away from it with a greater sense of appreciation for your own life and, without a doubt, you will learn something in the process” – Roseann Lord Meet Roseann Lord, a retired nurse from New York. Throughout her life, Roseann has worked in labor and delivery, taught Mother and Childcare for the Red Cross, ran a daycare service in her home and even operated a transcription service. However, organic gardening has been her “avocation” for …Read More

Meet Danielle Twiss

Danielle Twiss

“Volunteering is such a meaningful experience; it really opens you up to the world around you” – Danielle Twiss Meet Danielle Twiss – a senior student from Tenafly High School in New Jersey. Danielle joined HavServe at the 2017 Annual Summer Camp in Haiti, where she taught basic technology skills to local children. Inspired by her mother, Sandra Fathi, who is a board member and who has been volunteering with HavServe for many years, she wanted to find a unique and effective way to help those less fortunate than her …Read More

Volunteer Spotlight – Sandra Fathi

Sandra Fathi volunteering in Haiti

    “The poor stay poor not because they are lazy, but because they have no access to capital.” Milton Friedman’s commentary on the need for market-stimulating initiatives still rings true in much of the developing world. In economics, the cycle of poverty refers to “the set of factors or events by which poverty, once started, is likely to continue unless there is outside intervention.” A vast majority of the world’s population finds itself entrenched in nation-wide poverty cycles, know as development traps—at least 80% of humanity lives on only …Read More

The Importance of Education in Haiti

On May 21st, 2005, the late writer David Foster Wallace delivered the following excerpt to Kenyon College’s graduating class: “There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys, how’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the [heck] is water?’” Wallace, who became one of the most influential novelists and creative writing …Read More

Could Education and Training be the Key to Alleviating Poverty in Haiti?

Could education and training be the key to alleviating poverty in Haiti? In the U.S. there exists an exhaustive list of studies indicating the direct correlation between unemployment and income with educational attainment (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Unemployment decreases and income increases with more years of schooling. The rest of the world sees similar outcomes, especially poorer countries. According to the World Bank, “Most poverty assessments find a high correlation between education status and income status.” Experts agree that the value of education is an important driver in increasing a …Read More