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Haiti Programs

Explorer Sans Frontieres

The Explorer Sans Frontieres operates a variety of important programs and services to benefit the people of Haiti:

Please listen to the May 12, 2012 Discussion with Shonta Collins, Founder and Crystal Taylor, Director

For more information visit their website

Medical Outreach:

Full medical assessments for adults & children

Follow-up on past at-risk patients

Distribution of pharmaceutical supplies

Mental Health/Wellness Outreach:

Group mindfulness exercises for adults and children

Psycho-education about the connection between mind and

body for staff and patients

Individual mental health/wellness consults

Utilizing mindfulness & behavioral interventions

Humanitarian Outreach:

Recreational activities and games for children

Distribution of food and snacks

Urban Garden Initiative

Haiti Safe Drinking Water Project

Join the "Dare to Drink" Campaign for Haiti. If interested

please visit and click on the following link:

The gift of clean water to Haiti.


The aftermath of the earth quake has left many Haitian

people without access to essential services. One of the

most serious consequences is a lack of clean drinking

water. Many communities boil their water on wood fires.

The use of so much wood leads to deforestation. The

burning of the wood increases carbon emissions. Many

Haitians are desperate for quick sources of potable water.

The LifeStraw offers instant, access to clean and safe

drinking water. One straw is effective for up to 1000

litres of water which is roughly a year’s supply for one

person. They promote health by preventing the ingestion

of water born contaminants such as cholera.

The use of the straws can be a means by which carbon emissions can be reduced and forests can be preserved.

The students of Queen Elizabeth high and Greenfield elementary are part of the SLISE program (Student Led Initiatives for Sustainable Education).

Their goal is to purchase 1000 LifeStraws for Haiti and

need to raise $5500. Both our students and Haitian’s will

benefit through this project. One straw costs $5.50 for this humanitarian relief effort. If you are interested in donating to this project, please sponsor the student by completing the attached form.

Payment can be made by cash or cheque.

For more information contact:

Aaron Dublenko [email protected] (780) 267-4677

Sponsors for this project, who wish to make a contribution

of a $100 dollars or more will receive recognition by being

listed on the SLISE web page, the school newsletter and

school displays.

Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative

For more information on the Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative please watch this brief narrated Power Point presentation above, and read the summary below. In

addition, please find a brief article on this initiative by

Dr. Steve Handwerker at this site:

The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative 2012

This summary describes briefly the mission, strategies and

plans for an international humanitarian crisis intervention

for poor and impoverished places. The project involves humanitarian, human rights and sustainable initiatives.

We hope that members of Professional groups throughout

the nation will assist with this initiative.

Professionals can join us at the Haiti Economic

Development and Viability Group on Linked:


It is devastating to watch news of tragic human-made and natural catastrophes unfolding in the United States and

various other parts of the world, such as the oil spill

affecting the Gulf States of the United States and the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile. All too often, these types

of events affect poor people and impoverished communities disproportionately.

While we witness human hands, ingenuity, and machinery attempt to address very complex calamities, most people acknowledge that both short term crisis intervention and

long-term planning are vital to prepare for large scale environmental disasters whenever possible and to rebuild

regions after the initial devastation.

The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative provides

a venue for humanitarian forces, industry, and various

types of decision-makers to collaborate, plan, and unveil solution packages for poor and impoverished communities facing such catastrophes.

These solution packages include the collective and coordinated work of Humanitarian Interventions, Human Rights Advocacy, and sustainable initiatives. Indeed, the collaborative efforts of this 3-Tier Approach may serve to mediate entrenched political and social conflicts, renew important stakeholder ties, and

meet struggling economies with sustainable ideas at their points of need.


The mission of The Humanitarian Sustainability

Initiative is to assemble members of school-based

technology programs, green industry and technology

experts, community, non-governmental, and governmental teams facilitating sustainable projects, along with charitable

and other funding streams.

We are inviting the participation of humanitarian forces and human rights advocates, industry leaders and a variety of decision-makers who have strong interest in human welfare

and its sustainability particularly through sustainable

education and technology, and green industry/jobs for

struggling economies. Our purpose is to unveil solution

packages for poor and impoverished communities facing catastrophes.

We have established An Advisory Team to oversee the development and professionalization of this initiative.

The 6-8 person advisory team is composed of men and

women with backgrounds in education, technology, green industry and job creation, not-for-profit and community organizations, government, and media.

These professionals have expressed a genuine interest in sustainable education, technology, and industry/jobs for struggling economies domestically and internationally. We

seek cooperative alliances with members of professional

groups who align with these priorities.


The strategy of The Humanitarian Sustainability

Initiative involves a 3-Tier Approach comprised

principally of Humanitarian Interventions, Human Rights Advocacy, and Sustainable Initiatives. We have several objectives.

First, we aim to acknowledge the ongoing on the ground

efforts for survival and sustainability of communities facing catastrophes, and the individuals, groups, organizations,

and governments supporting them.

Second, we aim to recognize the creative and tech-savvy sustainable projects being developed in community-,

industry-, and school-based programs within the United

States and abroad.

These projects engage youth, communities, government, large and small nongovernmental organizations, educational institutions, and corporate industry leaders in strategic

alliances with positive, practical results.

Third, we aim to recognize exemplary sustainable projects

that include poor people as contributors of solutions and

that meet practical needs in impoverished communities

like job creation.

Fourth, we aim to bring together green innovators, funders,

and decision makers from community-based organizations, government offices, and industries of all types to focus

attention and resources on communities in need of

affordable, effective, multipurpose sustainable solutions.

Primary areas of concern include health care and health maintenance, communications, education, energy and

housing, agriculture and food production, sanitation,

and transportation that are affordable, practical, and

sustainable for struggling economies.


Participants in The Humanitarian Sustainability

Initiative will include non-government organizations

and various types of decision-makers, teams of youth

from middle and high schools, colleges, and universities

in the United States and abroad; educators and experts;

and community and industry leaders who have developed

and implemented exemplary sustainable projects in the field.

The foundation of this initiative will rest on the theme of building survival possibilities and sustainability plans that

have a strong possibility of resolving and/or preventing

public health crises.

1.Humanitarian Crises - The Focus of The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative will be to unveil sustainable intervention and humanitarian-based solution packages

that have a strong possibility of resolving and/or

preventing public health crises like starvation, disease

and malnutrition, poverty and chronic joblessness, homelessness, violence, and perpetual economic crisis.

2.Human Rights Advocacy – The long-term work of

The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative is to

engage civil, cultural, economic, environmental, political,

and social rights involving the participation of all

members of societies, and strongly committed experts

who can help to lead the way.Developing alliances with organizations like the United Nations High Commissioner

for Human Rights (UNHCR), Amnesty International, and Human Rights Advocates (HRA), among others may help achieve this goal.

3.Stakeholders – Other groups of prime importance to

the success of The Humanitarian Sustainability

Initiative include grassroots organizations, student

and faculty educators, and industry experts. These

participants and others can function as speakers and

panel and poster presenters to discuss the social and

political terrain of the principal locations in need, as

well as the scope of their humanitarian crisis, and to

identify types of support needed for long-term planning

and development.

4.Teams – We seek student, community, and industry

teams to discuss and showcase sustainable technology

projects in the areas of health care and health maintenance, communications, education, energy and housing, agriculture

and food production, sanitation, and transportation that

are affordable, practical, and sustainable for struggling


5.Exemplary Projects – We aim to acknowledge and

award community, youth, and industry teams that

develop and showcase exemplary sustainable projects

geared to work in economically depressed rural regions

like Appalachia, states like California, cities like Detroit

and Greensboro, nations like Chile and Haiti, and

sovereign territories like Navajo Country. These locales represent poor and/or impoverished communities or

significant populations with struggling economies.

6.Funders - We give special emphasis to locate funders,

invite their participation in The Humanitarian

Sustainability Initiative, and list them as resources.

Organizers invite the participation of funders of all types

such as corporations, government grant programs,

not-for-profit organizations, grassroots enterprises,

charitable foundations, and individual humanitarians to participate at all levels. Teams are encouraged to contact funders for the development and on-going support of

their ideas, prototypes, and on the ground sustainable

projects in poor and/or impoverished locations.

7.Solution Packages – Primary Objectives of The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative include that

all participate in solution packages. We aim to develop

important contacts and stakeholder relationships in the

areas of advocacy and legislation, human and environmental rights, investigative and research capabilities in targeted communities, corporate and industry expertise, new and

creative alliances for sustainable skill building, project development, and ongoing funding.


We seek cooperative alliances with members of professional groups and associations to help educate, treat, and support national and international communities in crises in the

following ways.

1. Share information regarding the projects, programs,

and discussions addressed by The Humanitarian Sustainability Initiative within your spheres of influence, domains of interest, and known funding sources

2. Participate by giving presentations at regional, national,

and international conferences on communities in crisis and possible solutions

3. Network with humanitarian, human rights, and sustainable technology experts to accomplish activities and programs on

the ground in struggling communities

We need on-going support and professional expertise to

address the following areas within distressed communities:

Death and Dying

Human Rights and Empowerment

Violence and Abuse (Rape, Domestic Violence)

Public Health

Trauma and Stress

Inter-group, Inter-cultural, and International Conflict Resolution

Special Populations: women, children, elderly, men and masculinity, etc

Pediatric, Child, and Adolescent populations


Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Sex and Sexuality

Clinical and Personality Issues

Bio-Psychological impact of Crises

Physical Rehabilitation

Behavior Analysis

Community and Social Research

Substance Abuse

Counseling and Therapy

Religion and Faith initiatives

Environmental, Population, and Conservation issues, projects and research



Advisory Team Members:

Steven E. Handwerker – Liaison to Professional Associations and Organizations ([email protected])

Dr. Steven E. Handwerker is a licensed psychologist in

three states (New York, Florida, and South Dakota), is

a Supreme Court family mediator, and is board certified

as a forensic examiner and trauma expert, serving on the professional and scientific board of the National Center for Crisis Management part of the U.S. Department of

Homeland Security. He is the founder and chairperson

of the International Association for the Advancement of

Human Welfare, Inc., a 501 (C), 13 year old organization concerned with values that promote peace ([email protected] or

Dr. Handwerker was the first membership chair for

Division 48 (Peace Psychology) of the American

Psychological Association and is the founder and chair

of the task force in that division concerned with peace

and spirituality which has orchestrated and presented in

over 65 APA programs since the task force was created

in 1997. Prior to his 30-year professional career as a board-certified and licensed psychologist, Dr. Handwerker served

as Vice President of Quality and Standards Controls for an international food chain.

To protect and care for the environment he has taken the

lead in his 3,500-family community for creating critical awareness of programs supporting environmental

conservation and recycling. For the past 2 years, he has

written a monthly article on these matters, and for the

past 10 years, he has been an outspoken representative

of green action programs. Dr. Handwerker has been

married for 35 years and has two children.

Pamela Davis – Liaison to Youth Technology Programs

([email protected])

Dr. Pamela Davis is an accomplished educator with a

balance of education and experience in experiential

teaching and learning. Dr. Davis has an earned doctorate

from Columbia University in instructional media and

technology, and her professional expertise spans the

field of education from kindergarten through graduate

school. She excels at staff development and at the

development of student-centered learning environments

for learners of all levels and proficiencies.

In the field of robotics, Dr. Davis, who trained at Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy, has been a coach for the

FIRST LEGO League, hosted FIRST LEGO League

and Jr. FIRST LEGO League local competitions and

exhibitions, been a featured presenter at the FIRST

International World Festival, and formed and advised

FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League


Paul Dwyer – Liaison to Online Educational Programs

([email protected])

Paul F. Dwyer is employed as an outside training consultant

for the Workforce Development Division of Penn Foster

Career Schools, concentrating on international clients. His primary responsibilities include formulating training and development programs using Penn Foster education and

training capabilities. He has prior experience managing a

satellite educational facility in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Mr. Dwyer earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics

and a master’s degree in educational psychology from the

University of Scranton.

Demetria S. Ledbetter – Liaison to NGOs and

Community Enterprises ([email protected])

Demetria S. Ledbetter is a grassroots professional who has

spent 7 years working at Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Beloved Community Center

is patterned after Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s vision

of a beloved community that recognizes the dignity, worth,

and equality of all people. Ms. Ledbetter focuses on

program implementation, financial and nonprofit

management, and the development of communication/media strategies.

An alumna of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical

State University with a bachelor’s degree in transportation

and logistics, Ms. Ledbetter has worked in logistics,

education, and insurance. She has received training in

job readiness (Equipped for the Future), conflict resolution,

time management, project management, and communication.

Her current project is Pathways to a Greener Career,

initiated as part of President Barack Obama’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. This year-long project

has involved assembling a group of community leaders, grassroots professionals, architects, engineers, green professionals, and educators at Beloved Community

Center to give youth a pathway out of poverty. The

Pathways to a Greener Career program serves as a t

raining program that provides youth and young adults

with job readiness skills and experience with green jobs.

Currently, Ms. Ledbetter serves as the Vice-Chair of the

Board of Directors at the Fund for Southern Communities

and Health Care of All North Carolina. She is connected

with the Emerging Change Makers Network, whose

primary goal is to “Change the World.”

Brian C. Alston – General Secretary (Advisory Team)

([email protected])

Brian C. Alston has been involved in peaceful conflict

resolution since leading peer mediation during Boston’s

turbulent school busing crisis of the 1970s. He has been involved in community organizing since the 1980s. He is a master’s-level clinician and college professor who teaches

in the areas of ethics, neurotheology, philosophy,

psychology, and religion.

He has pioneered work in the disciplines of Relationship Literacy and Neurotheology. He is currently raising

awareness of the politicization of poverty, both domestic

and international, through participating in humanitarian

initiatives in Haiti and by organizing symposia and book

projects (including the Visions in Conflict series) to

disseminate the good work of others doing peaceful

conflict resolution around the world.

In 2009, Mr. Alston initiated a series of industry specific conferences on sustainability in Hawaii to encourage collaboration and project development within the

Hawaiian Islands and between them and communities

facing extreme poverty and humanitarian crises. (